Queen’s College Lagos Commissions New Bakery

Mrs Binta Abdulkadir, Director Senior Secondary Department, Federal Ministry of Education cutting the tape, with the Principal of Queen’s College, Mrs Oyindamola Obabori

Mrs Binta Abdulkadir, Director, Senior Secondary Department, Federal Ministry of Education has reiterated the need to support the Nigerian child, whom she described as  ‘the pride of the country’.

Abdulkadir stated this at the inauguration of an ultra-modern bakery at Queen’s College Lagos, on Saturday.

According to her the pride of any nation is in the quality of its citizens, especially the younger ones.

She added that investing therefore in the development of the child, would always remain a step in the right direction.

“The Nigerian child is our pride. You know, as education officers, our pride is in the Nigerian children, because they are what we look up to as the future of this country.

“We all must join hands in mounding them, train, shape and support them by providing all they need to grow and develop as responsible citizens.

“I am very happy with what has happened here today in this college. It is a great achievement that seek to add value and quality living in the students

“Just as I have said, no administration, whether in our schools or anywhere, will want to leave without leaving a legacy.

“So, I will like to commend the Principal and her management team for this initiative as I will likely refer to it as a good legacy that will support the conducive teaching and learning environment in the college,” she stated.

The director added that Queen’s College had over the years, continued to trail the blaze in the area of academic and moral excellence.

She added that the significance of the newly inaugurated project was that the students could now eat healthier.

According to her, the students will not have to struggle to get bread from whatever source, adding that it will also save costs,

“I will want to encourage this kind of initiative in all our 110 Unity Colleges across the country.

“I will really urge them to also strive to own their bakery right in their institutions to cater for some of their feeding needs as this is what we have been preaching.

“There are so many developmental projects that the Federal Government has put in place, committed a lot of resources, all in a bid to enhance teaching and learning environment, and we look forward to seeing them yield the much-needed results outcome.

“For instance, if you go round all our 110 unity schools, in the country, you will hardly find anyone without a perimeter fence. Remember too that this government also established additional six Science and Technology schools (FSTCs) that were added to the initial existing 104 of our unity colleges.

“That said, about three years ago too, this government also embarked on massive recruitment of teachers and other forms of interventions, as requested by the respective schools.  All of these, are ways to encourage and support our children for them to turn out as great leaders of tomorrow,” she said,

She lauded Queen’s College for being at the forefront in the education of the girl-child in over 95 years of its establishment adding that it had since distinguished itself as the best in the country in the mounding and development of the girl-child.

The director however urged the teachers in the college to intensify efforts in ensuring that more of the girls became winners of the Nigeria WAEC Award.

Also speaking, the principal of the college Mrs Oyindamola  Obabori expressed joy at the bakery noting that it would go a long way in improving the welfare of the students.

“I feel happy that this project has taken off effectively. It gives me extra joy to also know that it will impact greatly on not just the students alone, but the entire members of staff in the college.

“In the first month of my tenure, September to be precise, they brought the bill for bread. And I was surprised to see how much. I immediately thought within myself that this could not continue. And since then, I have been nursing the idea of what has become a reality today.

“I had to talk to a few people and they agreed with me and so, we started and today, it is history.

Bread is an essential part of a meal. And I must say that from the very first day that we started baking, everyone has been a part of it.

Thus our school bakery is a noble initiative aimed at promoting self-sustainability within our institution, providing training and employability opportunities for our students, and enhancing our culinary offerings. It is a project that aligns with our values of excellence, innovation, and community service.

“The bread has been widely accepted because if you come here very early in the morning, you will see people already waiting for it. These persons, come from within the college because as it were, we are yet to throw it open to outsiders,” she stated,

The principal however noted that plans were already in place to fine-tune the packaging and put other modalities in place, before sending it to the outside public soon.

She added that the bakery had served the college to maximum capacity since its inception.

“The bakery became fully functional on April 21, which is a week before resumption for this term. We have been eating bread from the bakery since then. We want to test-run all the equipment and ensure everything is working fine.

“We plan to open to the community very soon. We are looking at stabilizing the internal first and when we perfect things, we can now open to the public,” she noted.

The principal noted that there were a lot more other projects intended to impact both the students and staff of the college positively, but that space had been a constraint.  

She then commended the school board and management for supporting the project,  from the onset.

“Your passion, ingenuity, and unrelenting commitment have been a source of motivation.

“In commissioning this bakery today, we are making a bold statement of faith and our unwavering commitment to make a positive impact on society,” she stated.

On her thoughts over the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates, Obabori expressed confidence in the performance of the girls.

“We have done a lot to ensure that these girls come out in flying colours at the end of this examination. We do not expect less. My prayer is that they come out with 100 per cent pass and I think that is possible, going by the kind of preparation we had exposed them to,” the principal stated.

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