The Director/Principal, Federal Science and Technical College Yaba, Lagos, Mr David Omada, has appealed to corporate organisations, stakeholders, as well as the general public, to collaborate with the institution in the upgrading of the institution’s sports facilities.
Omada made the appeal in an interview on the sidelines of the 52nd Inter-house Sports Competition of the college on Monday.
He noted that students deserved a conducive environment designed with their success in mind, hence the need to pay attention to not only an enabling environment for teaching and learning to thrive, but also, sporting activities.
According to him, the college is already in partnership with some industries in the area of skills development for the students, stressing that more should come on board.
“As you can see, we are having our 52nd Inter-house Sports Competition which gives our students the opportunity to showcase their skills in various sporting activities.
“Of course, we are all aware of the positive impact this will have on their health and social interaction. This is in spite of the diversities in their potential and individual abilities.
“Having said this, we may not see the best of these children, if the much-needed facilities are not in place for the maximum display of their potential. Please take a look at the college field where we are holding these games, it is indeed not in good shape.
“It is limiting the ability of these children, especially in the area of track and field games. The field has totally gone bald and despite efforts by the college to put it in shape, there are still hitches here and there.
“It is therefore in this light that I am appealing to corporate organisations, philanthropists and other concerned stakeholders, to come to our aid, in ensuring that we have a standard sports arena, fully equipped with modern facilities, for the benefit of the students, and even the teachers, as government alone cannot do it all,” he said.
Omada added that aside from other gains, sports teach discipline, which is key to attaining enviable heights in life.
The principal noted that through sports too, leadership skills, endurance and tolerance are also learnt, stressing that sport is a medium through which citizens celebrate the country’s unity,
despite their diverse differences.
He then stressed the need for the upgrade of sporting facilities in the college, stating that in his three years as principal of the institution, management has been able to build and equip laboratories and the assembly hall.
The principal added that under his watch, renovation of the hostels and classrooms, the building of a block of nine classrooms, as well as the procurement of security equipment among others were carried out.
He lauded the Federal Government for the support it had given the college in a bid to ensure top-quality skills acquisition, as well as overall academic excellence. The government has done a lot, but it could do better.
Omada noted that the college was running 19 trade subjects for the development of skills among the students but however regretted that most of the equipment was no longer in tune with the demands of the 21st century.
He listed some of the trade subjects as Fabrication and Welding, furniture making and building construction among others. According to him, it is expected that each student must graduate with a particular skill, to ensure self-reliance, even if they cannot further their education.
“Right now, we are procuring equipment for the various workshops through the IDEAS project. It is a World Bank-sponsored project in place here. By the time it takes off fully, we will indeed have lots of equipment to work with.
“Through the project, we have been able to renovate a building, bought a bus, and a power generating set and we are also working on the workshops. As soon as they are ready, we will embark on the procurement of equipment and then training of the students will commence.
“We hope to commence the training before the end of the year,” he stated.
The principal then assured that the college would continue to do its best in promoting healthy rivalry among students in both academic and sporting activities, as was evident in the hosting of the FEDCOL Games in 2022, which he described as a grand success.
He also lauded parents and other stakeholders for their support over the years.
Also speaking, the outgoing Chairman, of the School-Based Management Committee (SBMC), of the college, Mr Ladi Lawanson emphasized the need to constantly expose students to sporting activities, with top-class facilities.
“Today, a lot of stars will be born, as many may even develop their future careers by reason of their outstanding performances.
“Inter-house sports competitions are melting points for various sports talents. I must say that children should be allowed to express themselves but they must work out their talents within the set rules.
My dear students, whether you win or lose, you must embrace the spirit of sportsmanship. The occasion is for games, talent shows and entertainment. It is not a do-or-die affair.
“All the Sports Care Givers must ensure and encourage fairness without fear or favour,” he stated.