BAOSA 78/83 Set Teams Up with Brands to Donate Vocational Centre to School
The Baptist Academy Old Students Association, BAOSA 1978/83 Set has partnered with brands to donate a Vocational Centre to its alma mater which is equipped with modern equipment and work tools to cater to Carpentry, Electrical, Welding, and Plumbing Skills.
The donation of BAOSA 1978¬83 Set Vocational Centre is part of an effort to celebrate the association’s 40th anniversary. The project sits on the school’s premises in Obanikoro, Lagos. Some of the brands it partnered with for the actualisation of the project include CIG Motors, Wema Bank Plc, RoadPost Inc. Canada, Coleman Wires & Cables, Locks, and Switches, Lumber Works Ltd, and Kam Industries.
The project was commissioned by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwoolu who was represented by the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Jamiu Tolani Alli-Balogun.
The Governor applauded the BAOSA 1978/83 Set for the legacy project, stating that the project will help contribute to the growth of the school and education in the state. He therefore charged other old-school student associations to emulate the good example of BAOSA 1978/83 Set by giving back to their alma mater.
In his words, “As we stand on the threshold of a new era let us dedicate ourselves to the cause of education. Let us resolve to provide every child with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed. Together, we can create a future where every young mind has the chance to flourish.
“In dedicating this legacy project, we honour not only our shared past but also the promise of a brighter future. It is a commitment to excellence, a promise to nurture talents, and a vow to uphold the values that define us as a community.
“In conclusion, I would like to enjoin all old student associations to emulate the good example of BAOSA ’83 by giving back to their alma mater.”
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Chairman 78/83 Set, Ademola Adebise said “Our mission is clear: we aim to bridge the gap between traditional academics and practical, hands-on learning. The world is rapidly evolving, and technical and vocational skills are in high demand.
“With this center, we want to ensure that our students are equipped to thrive in an ever-changing job market, to be job creators rather than just job seekers. We believe it will instill in them the values of perseverance, innovation, and dedication to nurture them to their full potential.
He added “The groundbreaking ceremony was held about a year ago on September 24, 2022. It is equipped with modern equipment and work tools to cater for Carpentry, Electrical, Welding, and Plumbing Skills.
“We believe that Baptist academy can boast of the best equipped technical facility amongst schools in Lagos State and possibly in Nigeria.”
Commenting on the partners who supported the project, he said “I will like to thank members of the 78/83 Set for this audacious move by contributing generously. We also thank our corporate donors who have made this dream a reality – CIG Motors, Wema Bank Plc, RoadpostInc Canada, Coleman Wires & Cables, Lumberworks Ltd, Locks &Switches, and Kam Industries.”
Similarly, the National President of BAOSA, Akintunji Fatunke said the project is laudable and speaks to the commitment of all the old students in contributing to the development of the school after many years they had left the school, adding that they won’t rest on their oars in coming up with more developmental and legacy projects.
The Principal Baptist Academy, Abiodunrin G. Emmanuel also commended the BAOSA 1978/83 Set for the donation and pledged that the centre would be used judiciously. He added that the centre would raise the standard of teaching and education in the school.