Posted by Elizabeth Edozie on Jul 12, 2019
Rotary Club of Gbagada, under the umbrella of Rotary International, District 9110, has completely changed the face of St. Joseph Secondary School in Mushin area of Lagos state, giving it a beautiful new look.
DG Akeredolu congratulated the club for being able to complete the renovation within a short period of time.
A block of 4 classrooms, the sickbay, and the toilet facility in the school were all renovated by the club. The newly renovated school building was commissioned by the District Governor who was on an official visit to the club on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.
This renovation is coming few months after the club, in collaboration with the district, First Bank, and three other clubs in the district, renovated a block of 3 classrooms and donated chairs and desks to the school.
The club also presented charter certificate to the newly formed Interact Club of St Joseph Secondary School and also donated sanitary pads to the female students of the school. DG Akeredolu congratulated the club for being able to complete the renovation within a short period of time.
The club president, Akin Odutola, while presenting the project said, "Few months ago, when we came to commission a project here, we saw some of the pupils sitting on the floor of the dilapidated classroom block so we decided to take it up as a STAR project which will be commissioned by the DG and with the support of well-meaning individuals, we were able to achieve this.
"While working on the renovation project, we felt the need to set up an Interact club here and with the support of the Interact Coordinator, we were able to achieve that too and today, we are presenting them their charter certificate", the president stated.
The Immediate Past Principal of the School who was in office when the project started but was transferred to another school before the completion of the project, Mrs. Priscilla Oshokoya in her speech, narrated how she came in contact with the club.
According to her, "Today marks another milestone in the history of the school. What started as a child's play has become a reality. I met Akin Odutola sometime ago and he told me about Rotary club and their activities."
Speaking further, she said, "I keyed into it and solicited for support for my school. Few weeks later, the club renovated a block of 3 classrooms, donated 200 desks and chairs to the school, and also sanitary pads to the female students. It was during the commissioning of that project, that the club decided to take up the adjacent block of classrooms and in less than 2 months, it was done.
"Now, I see my students sitting on desks and chairs, writing their exams. Now, they can learn in a conducive environment. Rotary club is indeed a selfless humanitarian organization", she siad in confirmation.
The DG's visit to the club started with a breakfast session at the Ogudu home of a member of the club, Wale Adegbite, after which the club president and the District Governor proceeded on a media tour to Eko FM and LTV later in the afternoon before proceeding to the club meeting venue.