The SG Holdings Limited through its Foundation, SG Holdings Foundation has donated a block of classrooms and educational facilities worth several millions of Naira to Abeokuta South Local Government Primary School, Ijemo, Abeokuta.
The facilities which were commissioned in the afternoon of Thursday 3rd June, 2021 by the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in Ogun State, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu, included a block of classrooms, Computer Laboratory, Library and Science Laboratory. Other facilities include Toilet Facilities, Borehole and a 7.5KVA Power Generator. A dilapidated building was pulled down to give way for the construction of a new building, from foundation, which housed several classrooms with educational facilities.
The initiative commenced in October 2020 when the GMD/CEO of SG Holdings, Mr. Deji Somoye visited the school and found some of the classrooms in a deplorable state. He directed the Foundation to rebuild the block of classrooms and to enhance human capital development, equip the physical classrooms with modern educational facilities. A qualified computer teacher was also engaged to teach the pupils. This gesture will surely go a long way in contributing to the overall educational development of Ogun State.
The Ijemo community of the school was agog with excitement and fanfare during the commissioning ceremony, which attracted top government functionaries, Political office holders, Community and religious leaders, traditional rulers , Parents-Teachers Association, old students of the school, serving and retired teachers, pressmen and a host of other dignitaries.
Distinguished personalities who attended the ceremony included the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology , Ogun state, Professor Abayomi Adelaja Arigbabu , the Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Abosede Ogunleye; the Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Femi Majekodunmi, and the Chairman of Abeokuta South Local Government, Hon. Ayo Somide.
The dignitaries, in their goodwill messages, described the gesture of Mr. Deji Somoye as a rare one, and appreciated him for deeming it fit to give back to his source, his Alma Mater; calling on others to emulate his unparalleled benevolence and love for his people.
The Honourable Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Ogun state, Professor Abayomi Adelaja Arigbabu inspected the fully-equipped facilities. The Computer Laboratory was equipped with several computer systems and adequate furniture items for the pupils and instructors. The Library was stocked with copies of each curricular textbook to cater for large number of pupils, and 48 reading cubicles. Apparatus in the Science Laboratory also attracted the joy of the dignitaries.
In his remark, Professor Abayomi Adelaja Arigbabu congratulated the donor, and the community members for having the donor as their son who could look back to touch lives he left behind. He was impressed with the quality of facilities and educational equipment provided by SG Holdings Foundation and enjoined others to emulate this gesture.
The Group Managing Director/CEO of SG Holdings Limited, Mr Deji Somoye, in his welcome address, pledged to give more to the school, his Alma Mater. He consequently announced annual cash awards to best pupils in Primary 1 – 6, and his desire to provide a Medical Clinic to the school within a very short period possible. Mr. Somoye was a pupil of Abeokuta South Local Government primary school Ijemo, Abeokuta and left in 1981. He remarked:
“I will always remember this place with nostalgic feeling and fond memories, where I spent my early days and when I knew nothing about what life had in stock for me. My achievements in life, through God’s grace and benevolence started here. I mean here. My heart desire is to turn this local school to a model primary school in the State that will become a reference point. We are returning shortly to put in place a functional health centre for these pupils and the community members. May God help us.”
Recently, the SG Holdings Foundation, in the discharge of her Corporate Social Responsibilities, concluded the maiden edition of the Annual Quiz Competition for Students of Secondary Schools in Ogun State in March this year, during which millions of naira were dashed out to outstanding students and laboratory equipment worth millions of naira given to the best schools.
The Foundation has in recent years, been noted with great philanthropic gestures in many areas of human endeavour, covering scholarships, free medical services, human-capital development, provision of free infrastructural and social amenities, construction and donation of churches, and many others which have continued to put smiles on the faces of the indigent and less-privileged.
A renowned educationist, Dr Femi Akinbile, is the Foundation’s Project Director, while an astute academic, Dr Kayode Koleoso, is the Chief Technical Officer.