Abeokuta- The 108 year old First Baptist Primary School, Ijaiye Oja-Ale Abeokuta has now been totally transformed by the scale of intervention by The Coca-Cola Foundation.
The scope of the intervention includes an ultra-modern block of five classrooms, a new library equipped with digital learning and teaching gadget.
The 6month project was done in consultation with Ogun SUBEB and in full compliance with global standard recommended by UNICEF for Pry schools in the State.
Welcoming Ogun State Government officials to the handing over, the Project coordinator, Mr. Emeka Mba, disclosed that, informed by necessity and the foundation’s vision for strengthening the resilience of communities where it operates, the project scope was expanded beyond it original mandate of providing ultra-modern classrooms facilities to the school.
The company rehabilitated and equipped with furniture, the old existing classrooms in the school; provided functional modern toilet facilities with water supply to bring an end to open defecation and promote effective hygiene among pupils and teachers.
Mr. Mba also said the project constructed additional 10units sanitation facilities to First Baptist Church as a replacement for the old toilet constructed by the Church. This gesture was done to promote peaceful co-existence between the School and the Church on one hand and the Ijaiye Community as a whole.
The Project Coordinator said that the Coca-Cola Company in the course of the project, leveraged its convening power as pioneer on PET Recycling in Nigeria to foster collaborations with “Recycle Points” and “Stop Don’t Drop” in a community outreach designed to stimulate a circular economy through Waste to Wealth.
The outreach was part of the Coca-Cola vision for World without Waste which seeks to transform waste to wealth through Packaging plastic wastes and tyres recovered from dumpsites and drainage clogs were uncycled to valuable household materials.
The intervention also provided access to improved water facility to over 350 water- resilient households within the neighbouring community to reduce the epidemic of cholera.
This brings immense succor to the community as mothers and school pupils spend more time in trade; while school pupils stay engaged in school and no longer have to spend hours in search of water before and after school.
According to the project coordinator, for the first time since the School was founded in 1910, First Baptist Primary School now has access to electricity.
Finally, he commended the former Honorable Commissioner for Education , Mrs. Modupe Majota and officials of the ministry, the Executive Chairman of SUBEB, Mr. Jelili Okewole , the Chairman of School Based Management Committee, Alhaji Juwon Labode as well as the Ijaiye Community leader, Baaroyin Layi Labode for their maximum support and successful completion of the project.
Delivering the message of the Managing Director, CocaCola Nigeria Ltd, the Communication Manager, Mrs Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, thanked the people of Ogun State for their efforts and collaboration towards successful completion of the project in Ijaiye .
She said that Coca-Cola believes building sustainable communities through giving back to society.
She appealed to the Government and School authorities to ensure that the quality of the project would be sustained.
The Ogun State Governor was represented by the Education Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olu Aikulola while the Ijaiye Community was led by the Aare of Egbaland and Balogun of ijaiye, High Chief Ganiyu Babayeju.