By IKENNA ASOMBA
An alumnus of Yaba College of Technology, Mr. Taofiq Idowu Raheem, has donated an ultra modern library to his alma mater in the School of Environmental Studies to aid teaching, acquisition of skills and learning.
In the same vein, Nigerite Plc has equipped one of the Architecture Department Studios of the school with modern set of studio facilities conducive of teaching and learning.
The donor, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Win Development Limited, graduated from Yaba College of Technology over 18 years ago. He provided all that it takes for a library to take off with over 170 volumes of books, journals, furniture and air conditions for conducive reading and learning.
Raheem, at the commissioning, declared that it is with passion that he is here to give back from what has been bestowed on him.
He added that the dearth of books during his days in Yabatech also motiveted him to do this, coupled with the fact that the lecturers need be have up-to-date knowledge in their areas of focus to be able them meet with the best practice in the world, especially the current trend in any professional career.
The chief executive of Win Development Limited argued that knowledge should be created to add value to the society thereby calling on the students to always add excellence with service to humanity and not be enthused by their secondary assignment.
He, however, taske government on the need to have hybrid graduates of both universities and polytechnics if technological development of the country is to be advanced.
Raheem also instituted an award for the best student in Environmental Studies for the next five years, with a pledge to often update the library with current books from time to time.
While commissioning the studio, the Rector of the College, Dr. Margaret Ibiyeye-Ladipo, commended the donors stating “there is no doubt that these acts of Corporate Social Responsibility from the two organisations will, to a large extent, bridge the gap between labour competence and industrial requirement in a technologically dynamic and competitive world.”
Also speaking, Dean, School of Environmental Studies, Mr. Inyang Udoh Inyang, said the commissioning was a dream come true of having an Architecture Studio and library which can meet the global standard.