Residents of Laduba rural community in Kwara State’s Asa local government area have expressed thanks to Olam Food Ingredients (ofi) for reconstructing three blocks of six classrooms in the village’s LGEA school, among other amenities to the school.

Along with the renovation of three blocks of six classrooms, there will be three offices and stores, 150 pieces of furniture for students, six tables and chairs for teachers, 15 ceiling fans, the construction of a toilet with toilet facilities, the provision of a laptop and printer, and the planting of flowers to beautify the school environment.

The commissioning, witnessed by the state governor’s wife, Ambassador Mrs Olufolake Abdulrazaq, who was represented by the state commissioner for solid minerals, Mrs Abosede Buraimoh, traditional rulers, educationists, and others, saw parents, students, and members of the community rejoicing and appreciating the gesture.

Mrs Ifeoluwa Akappo, ofi Sustainability Manager, stated at the event that the corporate social responsibility gesture in the immediate community was intended to support local government efforts in improving the rural education sector and to create real opportunities and reshape the future of school children.

“At ofi, sustainability is at the forefront of our business. We are driven by an ambitious goal: to creating a net positive impact in the communities and environment where we are present. We embarked on this project in partnership with Costco to improve the quality of education in Laduba vIllage, provide a safe and equipped learning environment for all the 381 children and more. Basically, to support the efforts of the local government in improving the rural education sector and to create real possibilities and reshape the future of these kids,” she said.

Mrs Ajayi Funmilayo, the headmaster of Asa LGEA school, also spoke, saying that the gesture raised school enrollment from 318 to 381 a few weeks after the project was completed.

“I must say with the emphasis here that this your action has definitely improved the learning environment, makes the school look welcoming, conducive environment for teaching and learning, sitting made comfortable, improved learner’s attendance, increase in enrollment of pupils. Before the renovation, we had 318 and presently 381, as many parents now see the need to send their children and wards to the school.

“To crown it all, with windows and doors well fixed, no more mess in our classrooms, before the renovation, our classrooms were being messed up on daily basis with faeces on both teachers’ and pupils’ tables, condoms, remnants of alcohol drinks, cigarettes and marijuana. Thanks for saving us from all this mess. We are most grateful,” she said.

Mallam Adewale Ariwajoye, the Alangua of Laduba community, dubbed a lengthy stretch of road in the community, the Oju Oja-Bode Igbo road, Olam road in recognition of the company’s contribution to the development of the region.

Source: Tribune Online

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