Kings College old students donate waste management facility to alma mater
To bring environmental awareness to the fore and ensure good living condition of students, ‘Kings College (KC) Class of 1988’ has handed over a N15m worth of refurbished waste management facility to the school.
According to a member of the Class of 1988 organising committee, Emeka Oragwu, the project, funded by the set in commemoration of their 30th anniversary graduation from KC, Lagos, is the first step in the many programmes lined up to support the school.
“One innovative feature of the project was the installation of an anaerobic digester, capable of converting organic waste to methane gas. It has the potential to derive value from waste. The gas can be used in the school kitchens, thus reducing operational costs and contributing to the upkeep and maintenance of the system. When fully operational, the anaerobic digester is expected to reduce the site’s gas costs by up to 20 per cent,” Oragwu said.
Conveying gratitude to the school for helping to inculcate the right moral values that shaped their personality, he said, “We attribute our success in life to the solid intellectual and social foundation we received at KC. The reason we are giving back to our alma mater.”
Explaining the rationale behind the waste management facility, another member of the committee, Mohammed Shaibu, said they noticed the shortcomings of the current school’s waste disposal system, designed for a smaller school population.
“The increase in numbers of student population, as is the case with the demand on public services generally in Nigeria, is largely beyond the control of the school body. Obviously, the school has struggled to accommodate the additional pressure on facilities and resources. Prompted by the scale and urgency of the situation we decided to develop a solution for the waste management challenge, one that would not only remove the health hazard but would also leave a lasting, practical legacy.”
He said the project will among others, facilitate efficient collection and removal of waste as well as implementation of an operational system for daily waste management across the site.
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