By Tare Youdeowei
Queen’s College, Lagos has unveiled its vision tagged ‘Rekindling the Torch of Excellence’, its maiden Hall of Fame for distinguished old girls of the school, as well as a solar powered water project donated by the Australian High Commission.
The event, which was held at the school’s premises, saw the likes of Mrs Efunjoke Coker, MFR, first indigenous principal of the school, Prof Grace Alele-Williams, Alhaja Lateefat Okunnu, OFR, Prof. Chinwe Obaji, Mrs Sola David-Borha, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita and Hajia Aisha Abubakar inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Speaking on the vision of the school to be restored its establishing standards, Principal of Queen’s College, Dr Lami Amodu said: “This vision, Rekindling the Torch of Excellence, is born out of what the college stands for in the development of women, my dream of giving back to the college and the need to change our concept of quality education to align with the new reality.
“We are reaching out to individuals and organisations who share this vision and have benefited from the services of the products of our college.
“It gladdens my heart to also announce that some international organisations and governments have kick started this vision. One of them is Australian High Commission which has donated a solar powered water system that will address the problem of portable water in the school.”
Represented by Mrs Yvone Odo Thomas, Head of Civil Service of Nigeria, Mrs Oyo-Ita, one of the inductees, said: “It is a thing of joy to me as an old girl to underscore the fact that Queen’s College has continued to make significant impact.”
on the society and has been an oasis in the rampant desertification in the educational sector due to tremendous expansion. The present large population of students, without corresponding increase in infrastructural facilities, implies extra cost and hard work for high standards.
“I want to thank the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency, Paul Lehmann, for keying into the vision of the Principal, Dr. Lami Amodu to generously construct a solar powered water system for the college. We as Nigerians appreciate your commitment to the Nigerian Girl-Child education. I implore other individuals and corporate organisations to partner with the college in its effort to ensure quality education. I will support the Federal Ministry of Education, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Lands and Urban Development and other relevant federal ministries to acquire an annex for the college, which is part of this vision, and in actualising other identified projects.”
Commending the effort of the principal, wife of the Governor of Lagos, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, represented by Mrs Adetutu Odunlami, said; “The authorities of this great college deserve commendation for their determination to reposition the school, upon noticing a decline in the high quality of education for which the school is known.
“It is a mark of rare sincerity and truthfulness to make such an observation and a demonstration of diligence and to prepare to redress it through this vision. I profoundly appreciate the Australian Government for kindly donating to the school to complement government’s efforts.
I also wish to commend the management of the school for the award presentation to distinguished old girls, and their deserved welcome into the Hall of Fame. They have made their marks in various disciplines and careers and I urge them to continue to inspire the girls to great achievements.”