By Dayo Adesulu
PROFESSOR of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe has stated that King’s College, Lagos, will produce a Nobel Laureate on or before 2109.
He predicted this during King’s College’s second century Book and Floreat Fund Launch where its alumni across the country gathered to plan for the future.
The professor of Medicine who based his prediction on the academic performance of the students and the Alumni’s 100 years plans for the school, said he foresees the school will be in hands of the private sector by 2109.
He said: “It is also not improbable that by 2109 the running of all institutions in the country will be in the hands of the private sector but with effective monitoring of broad educational goals by federal state and local governments.”
He urged Alumni to endeavour to contribute their quota in the governance of the Schoool in order to improve on its quality. “Old boys will then have a major say as to how the school evolve and are governed,” he added.
On his part, King’s College’s, Otunba Oladele Olapeju said five years into its second century in existence the college still performs credibly in public examinations and competitions.
He said: “We have sustained the performance to an average of 80 per cent. Whereas the national average for the 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) was 30.6 per cent, at King’s College, it was 80.6 per cent. In terms of performance, we have done well in competitions. NECO declared us the best Unity School in the country.”
Meanwhile, the platform was used to launch a book on the school’s history in the past 100 years. The book, Floreat Collegium: 100 Years of King’s College was launched at the King’s College Hall, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Lagos.
Speaking at the launch, Chief Sunny Kuku said the book was initially billed for launch as part of the school’s centenary celebration in 2011 when he was the Kings College Old Boys Association, KCOBA, president, saying it took a longer time to be completed.
He, however praised former Federal Permanent Secretary, Chief Philip Asiodu and former Federal Commissioner for Works, Chief Femi Okunnu for providing many of the stories that made up the content of the book.
He lauded the Chief Editor, Prof Tajudeen Gbadamosi, for doing a good job alongside Prof Wale Osisanya and Mrs Gbolahan Alo and the incumbent KCOBA President, Mr Hakeem Belo-Osagie, for providing funds to complete the book.
In his remarks, the President KCOBA. Mr Belo-Osagie said that the significance of the book is to provide a history for the King’s College community which would guide its future endeavours.
“It is important that the history of any institution be documented.