Groundbreaking ceremony attended by distinguished guests marks a significant step towards enhancing science education and fostering innovation.
The Alumni of the School of Science in Ogbomoso (SOSO) celebrated a momentous occasion on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, as they initiated the construction of a cutting-edge multipurpose science laboratory. The groundbreaking ceremony, graced by esteemed guests, including Oba Samuel Babatunde Amao, the Aale of Okelerin, heralded a new era for science education at SOSO.
Since its inception in 1994, the School of Science in Ogbomoso has been steadfast in its commitment to providing quality education and expanding opportunities for its students. The groundbreaking ceremony symbolizes a profound commitment to advancing the educational journey of future generations.
The forthcoming state-of-the-art science laboratory promises to revolutionize the learning experience for SOSO students. Outfitted with modern equipment and cutting-edge technology, the laboratory will immerse students in hands-on experiments, fostering critical thinking and deepening their grasp of scientific principles. This hands-on approach is set to elevate the overall quality of education, making science more engaging and accessible.
The multipurpose science laboratory is poised to become a hub for research and innovation. It will provide students with opportunities to explore and contribute to groundbreaking scientific discoveries, nurturing a culture of creativity and curiosity. This environment will empower students to embark on independent research projects, propelling their academic growth and potential.
The new laboratory will play a pivotal role in preparing students for successful careers in science-related fields. By offering practical training, building essential skills, and imparting knowledge, the laboratory will equip students with the tools required to excel in their chosen STEM professions. It will serve as a launching pad for further academic pursuits and contribute to the development of a highly skilled workforce in various scientific disciplines.
Mr. T. A. Adisa, the Vice Principal of the School, expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Alumni for their exemplary initiative, stating, “We are grateful to the Alumni of this noble school who thought it prudent to initiate this wonderful project. It will immensely benefit this school and significantly improve academic performance.”
The Aale of Okelerin, Oba Samuel Babatunde Amao, lauded the Alumni’s commitment to education and recalled their earlier involvement in a book donation to the school’s library. He encouraged them to continue their exemplary practices.
Similarly, Dr. Afolabi, Chairman of the School’s Governing Board, pledged his personal support for the project, seeing it as a meaningful way to commemorate the school’s 30th anniversary next year. Also Hon. Kunle Adeyi, Chairman of the Parents and Teachers Association, promised to mobilize parents to support this impactful project.
The ceremony saw the presence of several dignitaries, including Mrs. O.A. Olabode, the Zonal Director of the Ministry of Education, Ogbomoso North, and Rev P.O. Oyedokun, Inspector General of Education. Dr. Afolabi, former SOSO principals Mr. M.M. Magbagbeola and Mr. E. O. Sanda, as well as teachers and staff of SOSO, were also in attendance. Mr. Kehinde, the Trustee of the Alumni Association, and Sheikh Aleem, seven officials from the Ministry of Education, showed their support for the endeavor.
Mrs. Olabode commended the Alumni for their visionary contribution to the school and their dedication to inspiring students.
In his speech, President of the Alumni Association, Mr. Tomi Ogundare, remarked, “The construction of the multipurpose science laboratory at the School of Science in Ogbomoso, our alma mater, signifies a new chapter in the institution’s commitment to excellence in education. The laboratory will empower students, foster scientific innovation, and prepare them for successful careers in science and technology.”
Established in 1994, the School of Science Ogbomoso has played a pivotal role in producing scientists and professionals who contribute significantly to the development of Nigerian society and beyond. This new multipurpose science laboratory is set to amplify its impact on science education and innovation, shaping a brighter future for students and the nation.