The oil exploring firm, Esso, has handed over a fully equipped biology laboratory to Government Science School, Koton-karfe, Kogi state.
The firm, an affiliate of ExxonMobil, in partnership with Adolescent Action Pact (AAP), said it spent nearly N4 million to reconstruct the laboratory, refurbish it and supply equipment to “create an enabling environment for the study of biology,” said Nigel Cookey-Gam, government and business relations manager at Esso.
“Once again [Esso] has demonstrated its unwavering commitment towards the support of the study of sciences in secondary schools with this project,” said Cookey-Gam.
“[Esso], in making this commendable investment, expects that the venture will both enhance the quality of teaching of biology as well as the outcome of the external examinations in Government Science School Kotonkarfe, he added.
Equipment installed in the lab include klinostat, human development models, microscopes, island benches, baby-in-utero models.
Speaking on the initiative, John Ocholi, field coordinator of AAP expressed the hope that all stakeholders will be engaged to ensure that the biology laboratory is used and maintained in such a way as to contribute positively towards raising the standards of science study in the school.
He hoped that governments and other corporate organizations will devote consistent efforts towards supporting the study of science in schools.