Firm donates block of classrooms to Ilogbo community
AS part of efforts geared towards improving the standard of education in the community, Intercontinental Distillers Limited (IDL), has donated a block of four classrooms and two offices to Ilogbo Asowo Community High School, Ilogbo, Ota, Ogun State.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, Chief Patrick Anegbe, at the handing over ceremony, said that his company took up the project in line with the belief that quality education offers children the best opportunity in life to realise their dreams and become the leaders of tomorrow.
The project was at the request of the Onilogbo of Ilogbo, Oba Samuel Olufemi Ojugbele.
Anegbe, who listed other Corporate Social Responsibility projects that his firm has executed in Ogun State said, “It would be recalled that the Onilogbo had made a passionate appeal to our company to provide more classrooms and offices for Ilogbo Asowo Community High School to cater for the ever increasing population of the school.
“The successful completion of this project in the midst of prevailing economic difficulties and constraints also goes to demonstrate our company’s confidence in progress and growth in the future.”
Oba Ojugbele in his remarks said the need to build additional block of classrooms for the school became a task for him after he visited the school and saw students sitting in an over crowded classroom.
The monarch added that upon beholding this spectacle, he felt that one of the activities to mark his 70th birthday, (about two years ago), would be to build a block of classrooms. Unfortunately, his health and finance collapsed almost immediately he started the project. This development stopped him from continuing with the project.
Consequently, he reached out to his friends for support to complete the project, and the IDL boss heard about it and promised to intervene.
Ojugbele thanked the company for coming to the rescue of the students and community, urging the students to make the best use of the facility. He pledged to provide additional support to the school if he could before his passage.
Principal of the school, Pastor Femi Awosode, commended IDL for the project saying it would help in bettering students’ lot and that of the school.
He called on other companies to emulate IDL, as government alone could not provide all the needed infrastructures in the school.
A student of the school, Samuel Afolabi, expressed appreciation to the sponsoring firm over the facility describing it as the best structure within the school compound.
There were cultural performances by the students to entertain the guests. Dignitaries present at the ceremony were management staff of IDL, chiefs of Ilogbo community, parents and representatives of the local and state governments.