By Amaka Abayomi
The Supervising Minister of Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike, has called on the management of Total Upstream to adopt King’s College Lagos, to help bring back the lost glory of the college.
Speaking at the commissioning of projects worth N150 million by Total Upstream at the King’s College, Victoria Island campus, Lagos, the Minister, who was represented by his Special Assistant, Mr. Lambert Oparah, said the adoption of the college is in order as both brands represent excellence in the nation.
“This gesture by Total Upstream portends good omen to our drive towards excellence in the education sector, which is also in line with the avowed policy of exploring partnerships and collaborations for the promotion of the transformation agenda of the Federal Government.
Like Oliver Twist, government would like to use this medium to appeal to Total Upstream to adopt King’s College as its school for continued assistance since both represent twin brands of excellence.”
The Minister called on other corporate organisations to emulate the good gestures of Total.
Thanking Total Upstream for its contribution to improve the learning environment for students, the Principal of King’s College, Otunba Dele Olapeju, assured that management would ensure that the facilities would be used for their intended purposes.
“A learner-friendly environment is necessary for improved performance of students and what we have here should be the minimum to be replicated in other schools so as to boost students’ learning.”
Promising that measures have been put in place to safeguard these facilities, he charged the Federal Government to allow King’s College run Higher School Certificate, HSC, especially as the facilities for such programme are lying waste in the school.
The commissioned projects include twin lecture halls, assembly hall and a 30kva generator undertaken by Total Upstream; a senior staff quarters built by the Federal Government; and college bakery, dining hall extension, junior staff quarters and new JSS1 classroom constructed by the school.