By Demola Akinyemi
ILORIN-Agbami Group, comprising of five major oil companies namely NNPC, Petrobras, Statoil, Famfa Oil, and Chevron has donated a multi million naira science laboratory complex and equipment to Comprehensive College, Isanlu Isin in Isin Local Government Area of Kwara state in a bid to improve its standard.
A representative of one of the donor companies,Mr Michael Kabi representing Star Deep Water Petroleum Company,a Chevron Company told journalists during the commissioning ceremony of the project in Isanlu Isin that the project was meant to improve and encourage educational standard, especially science education among students in the state.
Mr. Kabi, who said that the focus of the group was in areas of education, health and economic development, stressed that areas of intervention had not been limited to oil producing areas alone as the whole country is seen as a community.
According to him,”Because it’s a global brand, best practices are deployed. Yes, Isanlu Isin is not a oil producing area, but the group sees Nigeria as its corporate entity. The laboratory is not just a structure, its fully equipped in line with world standard.”
“We have a 40-seater biology laboratory, 40-seater chemistry laboratory, 40-seater physics laboratory, fume chamber, the chemicals, standard furniture and borehole water for use of the laboratory and the community.”
Mr Kabi also said that impact of the project on students in communities where they were earlier sited had been improvement in grades of science students since they see everything they are taught physically, adding that it was no longer the issue of alternative to practicals.
The principal of the school, Mr. Abolarin Tunde, in his address said that benefits of the science laboratory are immeasurable to the community and a pleasant blessing for the country in general.
Mr Tunde, who said that the school was already witnessing increase in student population with the building of the structure, hoped that the school would have more science students enrolment within the next few years and attendant government attention.
The principal urged individuals and corporate bodies to intervene in the development of education in the area, adding that such private interventions were capable of making impact on other communities.