• Four Lagos schools gets Science lab From MTN Foundation

    SCIENCE students from 4 public secondary schools in Lagos state are now looking forward to a better academic performance courtesy of MTN foundation, which recently commissioned a science and laboratory technology project at Vetland Senior Grammar school, Ifako Ijaye, Lagos.

    According to the donor, the project was conceived to contribute to national efforts to build a solid foundation in the vital areas of science and technology, through the promotion of teaching and learning of key science subjects: Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

    Speaking at the commissioning, the Chairman, MTN Foundation, Amb. Hamzat Ahmadu, who was represented by Director, MTN Nigeria Foundation, Mr. Dennis Okoro disclosed that the foundation would be upgrading 22 science laboratories in six states across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, under Phase One of its Science and Technology Laboratory Scheme.

    For each successful benefitting schools, the foundation will provide new laboratory furniture for students and teachers, supply and install modern science and technology equipment for each of the science subjects, and provide one year full supply of consumables consisting of materials, chemicals and reagents.

    Besides, the foundation will also undertake the training of 24 science teachers and laboratory attendants across all the benefitting schools, supply a 5KVA generator to each school, along with fuel supply for one year.

    On the selection process, the chairman explained that the foundation, last year, made a public call for submission of Expressions of Interest (EOI) from interested State Ministries of Education for consideration.

    “After a rigorous and meticulous process of assessment of all the applications received and the infrastructure available, over 250 schools were nominated, 182 were later shortlisted and 22 schools qualified after meeting the strict criteria.

    For the South West, Vetland Senior Grammar school,  Oshodi Comprehensive Senior High school, Newland Senior Secondary School, Tolu and King Ado High school, Islae Eko emerged as beneficiaries.

    Other states to benefit from the project across the six geo-politoical zones include the Federal Capital Territory, Abia, Edo, Katsina and Yobe states.

    Ahmadu said, “Science and technology is the bedrock of modern society. The evidence of the correlation between science and technology on the one hand and economic/industrial development on the other is indeed overwhelming.”

    With several other projects such as the MTN Science and Technology Scholarship Scheme, SchoolsConnect and UniversitiesConnect, he announced that the foundation has invested over N5 billion in various social projects in education, health and economic empowerment.

    The Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, who represented the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said the project agrees with the administration’s resolve to harness the potentials and create a conducive environment for the teaching and learning of sciences in secondary school.

    She said, “the project underscores the administration’s awareness of the fact that scientific and technological development cannot come into fruition without the provision of standard and well equipped science laboratories. I want to appreciate the effort of MTN Foundation for partnering with the state to provide these facilities.”

    On behalf of the state government and students, she assured the donors that the administration would do everything possible within the resources available to protect and keep up the facilities provided

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