Baptist Academy Old Students Association (BAOSA), 78 to 83 set, yesterday, commissioned a Vocational Technical Centre, equipped with state-of-the-art facility to provide students with the tools and resources to excel in the field of Technical and Vocational Education (TVE).
Speaking at the 40th year graduation anniversary and project dedication, in Lagos, the Chairman of the set, Mr. Ademola Adebise explained the importance of the initiative, saying that its aim is to bridge the gap between traditional academies and practical hands-on learning in a rapidly evolving environment.
According to him, ” the world is rapidly evolving and technical and vocational skills are high in demand. With this centre , we want to ensure that our students are equipped to thrive in an ever-changing job market, to be job creators, rather than job seekers.”
The set, he stated, believes will instill in the students the value of perseverance, innovation and dedication to nurture them to their full potentials.
Adebise recalled that the ground breaking ceremony of the project was held in September last year and equipped with modern modern equipment and work tools to cater for carpentry, electrical , wielding and plumbing skills.
“We believe that Baptist Academy can boast of the best equipped technical facility amongst schools in Lagos and possibly in Nigeria,” he stated, while expressing optimism that a lot of funds can be attracted from alumni association and well meaning Nigerians if tax reliefs can be granted to individuals who contribute to education just as it is done to corporate organisations.
In his remarks, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, described the project as the association’s shared commitment to give back to their alma mata, saying that it stands as a beacon of hope for future generations and a tribute to the educators who dedicate their lives to the association’s growth.
” Education is the cornerstone of progress and prosperity. It is through education that we unlock the potential within each individual and we empower them to shape a better future for themselves.
” In dedicating this legacy project, we honour not only our shared past, but also the promise of a brighter future”, the governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Jamiu Ali- Balogun stressed.
Earlier in his remarks, the National President of the association, Mr. Akintunji Fatunke reminded the Lagos State government about its promise to help develop its football field and restore its old glory.
President of Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev. Israel Adelani Akanji who was represented by the Lagos Conference President, Rev. Mathew Awojuola thanked the set for its efforts towards contributing to developing humanity.