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Okowa praises MTN for remodeling science labs in Delta

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has commended MTN Nigeria for investing in education through the remodeling of science laboratories in the state.

Okowa gave the commendation on Thursday when he officially inaugurated science laboratories at the St Augustine College Ibuzor, which were remodeled by the MTN Foundation (MTNF).

The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the state government, Mr Patrick Ukah said the project would encourage students to enhance their knowledge on Science, Technology, and Innovation.

“My administration has always shown its readiness to continuously partner with MTNF and I commend the Foundation for effectively carrying out its corporate social responsibilities toward the people.

“The joy of a perfect partnership is one of the bedrock of this administration to partner with organizations.

“This administration remains committed to quality education at all levels, hence our readiness to support MTNF and other stakeholders who take the initiative to encourage us in one way or the other”, he said.

He thanked the Old Boys of St Augustine College for attracting MTN to the school and pledged the government’s continued support for improved affordable and quality education.

The Executive Director of MTN Foundation, Odunayo Sanya said the aim of the project was to enable our teeming young population to achieve good education in science.

“At MTN, we believe that with science and technology, we can close the gap as a nation.

“And for us at MTN, it is creating a conducive environment for the children to learn and do well, especially in sciences.

“Gifts are given, projects and infrastructure are commissioned, but if there is no maintenance in few years it will look like nothing has been done. They should own it and make it theirs”, she said.

Principal of St Augustine College, Rev Michael Ibeh commended MTN for maintaining its corporate social responsibility to society and pledged readiness to maintain the facility.

“I came to the school and I discovered that the laboratory is in a very dilapidated state.

“I made a move and the initiative, through the old students association, on how to restore the laboratory so that the students who studied here would be able to compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world.

“They came to our aid and we promised to give the students the best”, he said.

The Chairman of St. Augustine College Old Students Association, Chief Nosike Agokei lauded MTNF for remodeling the science laboratories in the school, stressing that it would go a long way in contributing to the teaching of science subjects in the school.

The Executive Director of MTN Foundation, Mr. Dennis Okoro said that it was set up by the communication giant to handle Corporate Social Responsibility in order to give back to society.

The Obuzor of Ibusa, Prof. Louis Nwaoboshi commended the MTNF for the project, which he re-echoed would help in the teaching of science subjects in the school.

An SS3 student of the college, Victor Eze said that he was excited about the project by MTNF. According to him,  it would enable them to carry out research and practical projects with ease.

“I believe that students can now have easy access to modern equipment, tools, and materials. It will also enable us to expand our understanding and practical knowledge of science subjects”, he said.

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