Queens Col­lege alumni do­nate lab to alma mater

The Punch - - EDUCATION - Dayo Ojerinde

The 1969/71 set of the Queens Col­lege, Lagos, has do­nated sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment worth over N3 mil­lion to the Col­lege.

The do­na­tion was part of the ac­tiv­i­ties lined up by 1965 to 1969/71 set to cel­e­brate their 50th an­niver­sary of leav­ing the school.

The Chair­per­son of the 50th-an­niver­sary or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, Dr Theresa Bassey, in a state­ment, said the do­na­tion was done to pro­mote the study of sci­ence in the school.

“When we were plan­ning this an­niver­sary, we sat back and re­flected on what has im­pacted our lives thus far and came up with the idea of giv­ing back to the alma mater that has done so much for us.

“We thought about it six to seven months ago and came for a meet­ing with the col­lege man­age­ment. We car­ried out an on-sight visit around the col­lege and then looked at their needs list and de­cided to pick up what we felt was of im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion and which will be read­ily af­ford­able,” Bassey said.

She added that the sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment com­prised 100 lab­o­ra­tory stools, skele­ton, pipet stands, mi­cro­scopes and oth­ers.

Bassey noted that apart from the need for an ur­gent in­ter­ven­tion on the col­lege’s in­fra­struc­ture, there is also a need for men­tor­ing, psy­cho­log­i­cal and so­cial up­lift­ment of the pupils.

The Prin­ci­pal of the col­lege, Dr Tokunbo Yakubu-oyin­loye, ex­pressed de­light at the ges­ture of the set, which she de­scribed as a step in the right di­rec­tion.

She also said the do­na­tion would en­hance the teach­ing and learn­ing of sci­ence in the col­lege.

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