Students from various secondary schools in Lagos were recently provided with a platform to showcase their innovative talents in science and technology.
The occassion was the first edition of the Alofos Science Project Competition organised by Alofos Science and Technology Foundation in partnership with the Lagos State Government at the Government Technical College Agidingbi, Ikeja.
The competition, part of Alofos Foundation’s objectives of fulfilling the mandate of UNESCO in promoting the popularisation of Science also followed on its Science and Energy Expo on alternative energy the foundation hosted last year, in Lagos.
The Commissioner for Education, Lagos State, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, a lawyer, said a nation that is not developing her science and technology capabilities cannot be said to be a serious nation, adding that it would take the combined efforts of government and other stakeholders in the education sector to make Science and Technology thrive.Identifying inadequate power supply as a major challenge to science and technology in Nigeria, Oladunjoye, reiterated that without electricity supply, the country couldn’t accomplish much. “The availability of electricity is beyond the state level, it is Federal Government project,” she added. She however explained that at state level, the Lagos state government is working hard to improve electricity and access to other educational infrastructure in the state.
According to her, “Some of our schools in Lagos Island have been connected to ICT at the Island. We have started and we are going to spread it across the whole local governments in the state.
In his remarks, Chairman Board of Trustees Alofos Science and Technology Foundation Professor Olusoga Sofola, expressed gratitude to the Lagos State Government particularly the Commissioner for Education, the sponsors; Nestle Foods, Lasaco Assurance Plc, Omatek Computers, Chams Plc, Kessington Adebukola Adebutu Foundation (KAAF), Arc Lights Limited (LEGO) and well-meaning individuals as well as media partners for supporting the Foundation in its quest to promote the development of science and technology education in Nigeria.
The second prize winner were students of Coker Senior Secondary School who were able to produce fuel from non biodegradable waste product using locally sourced materials, like cement bags, while Lagos State Model Senior College, Kankon Badagry bagged the third prize by using Wind turbine to generate electricity and a pavement stone used to prevent erosion and to demarcate lawns. Winners received Desk Top Computers and Science Kits for each of the top three schools, while the student representatives received Mini Lap Tops for first and second places and scientific calculators for third place winners.
All individual and team winners also each received book vouchers.