A special building to be used for skills empowerment will be inaugurated on Saturday as part of the 40th anniversary of the Federal Government Girls’ College (FGGC), Sagamu.
The building, endowed by an old girl resident in the United Kingdom, will be equipped with sewing, soap making machines and others to be used to teach pupils of the college vocational skills they can earn a living with apart from their academics.
Principal of the school Mrs Agnes Owolabi, said at a briefing to mark the anniversary that the old girl would be on hand for the centre’s inauguration along with other prominent alumni of the institution and guests.
“An old girl is constructing an empowerment building. She will be coming down with the equipment. She has asked us to help her look for experts that will train these students; that she would be paying them for the service, she said.
Abiodun said it was just one of the many projects by old girls to support the college outside what the Federal Government had done.
“Our old girls have been fantastic – different sets have done a lot. The USA alumni bought 200 chairs for the e-library; some provided projector and laptops; the 97 Set bought smart boards for all the SS3 classes ; while the 94 Set renovated the SS3 block; some others built VIP toilets and borehole,” she said.
Abiodun said the school had achieved a lot in the education of the girl-child in its 40 years of existence. She said its 1,828 pupils are taught to be morally upright and academically sound by 187 teaching and non-teaching staff on government payroll – with an additional 72 employed by the Parents-Teachers Association.
“Our achievements have been largely made possible through the high moral and academic standard maintained by the school in the last 40 years.We have produced highflying technocrats and prominent women who have been contributing to the socio – economic prosperity of the nation,” she said.
She expressed satisfaction with the support she had enjoyed as principal since her posting to the school in 2015. She said in her modest way she had contributed to improved performance in mathematics.
“When I came, the students did not like Mathematics. I introduced a maths policy – breakfast lessons, we made Prep time compulsory, and we deployed experienced teachers who have gone for coordination to teach the terminal classes,” she said.
Other programmes featured during the anniversary week included: planting, candle light procession, debates, quiz, inter-cultural competition, cultural and music concert day, and inter-house sports competition.
Tomorrow, the school would host parents for the PTA Day, a Jumat service and a novelty match between old girls and current pupils.
The week-long programme of events will climax with a thanksgiving service on Sunday.