The Benin Technical College Alumni , England and Wales has donated Information Communication Technology, ICT Computers, accessories and sanitary towels worth over N4million to the newly revamped Government Science and Technical College, Benin.
Making the presentation on behalf of Benin Technical College Alumni, England (Formerly Benin Technical College old Students Association, United Kingdom} the engagement consultant to the Alumni, Prof. Mrs. Deborah Odejimi commended the Governor Godwin Obaseki administration for the transformation of the Benin Technical College.
According to the BTC Alumni, England and Wales which has Mr Nosa Igbinidu as President, the donation is in line with the Alumni policy and objectives and the conscious decision to support the state government in improving the pedagogy and study experience of the students and working condition of teachers and staff of the college.
“The Alumni England is presenting six months supply of sanitary pads to all female students of the college as part of the Alumni campaign to end period poverty in the girl child in Nigeria.
“The period poverty is a global issue affecting women and girls who do not have access to safe, hygienic sanitary products and who are unable to manage their periods with dignity, sometimes due to community stigma. Periods are a natural process and a part of every girl’s life.
But without access to toilets or sanitary products a schools many girls are missing out on their education and putting their lives on hold as they have little choice but to stay at home.
It is estimated that one in ten girls in Africa will miss school when they have their periods and missing days at school can lead girls to drop out altogether, putting them at greater risk of child marriage and getting pregnant at a younger age.
We hope that providing six months supply of the sanitary products will help support the monthly financial burden of the girls.
“The Alumni has followed with amazement the transformation of the Benin Technical College into a world class technical and vocational institution by the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki.
“It is sad that previous administrations of the state allowed this flagship college to degenerate into a state of disrepair. We have noted that for several years, the college was struggling to fulfill its primary objectives as skill acquisition center in a era of mass youth unemployment. This is why we commend wholeheartedly Governor Obaseki for providing visionary leadership in technical education.
“To support the on-going transformation, we are donating ten all in one computers will fully installed and licensed Microsoft office, industrial photocopiers, uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) units and core text books to the resource center of the college.
“The formal presentation was to be carried out on March 27 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund for this donation and the Period Poverty campaign was raised from member’s subscription and from the Worldwide Convention of the Alumni held in September 2017 in London of which the Edo State Governor was represented by Mr. Giles Omezi, the lead Project Rehabilitation of the college.
It is the expectation of The Benin Technical College Alumni England, a registered charity in England and Wales comprising former students of the college currently residing in the United Kingdom that these items would assist in improving the well being and educational development of students in their Alma Mater which is in line with the educational transformational goals of His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Present at the ceremony were Mrs Dolly Ekata (an Alumna and Deputy Director, Federal Ministry of Education and some members of the 92/ 93 Alumni sets.
A director, Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Jonathan Ukpebor represented the Commissioner, Ministry of Science and Technology. Mr. Bernard Oigbokie, Permanent Secretary, Board for Technical and Vocational Education,Edo State, the Acting Chairman Board of Technical and Vocational Education, Mr. Monday Gbinigie and the Principal of Government Science Technical College, Onaiwu Osazuwa.
(4th from Right) Prof Deborah Odejimi presenting the ICT computers and accessories on behalf of Benin Technical College Alumni, England to their Alma mater.
Prof Deborah Odejimi presenting a pack of Sanitary towels to the Head girl, Edie Princes