X3M Ideas builds disinfectant tunnel for school to fight Covid-19 pandemic

X3M Ideas has donated a state-of-the-art wash hand station and Glo MiFi internet modems with unlimited data to Opebi Senior High School, Ikeja, Lagos State. The facility, which was commissioned on the occasion of the agency’s 8th year anniversary, is designed to further combat Covid-19 pandemic and safeguard the health of the students’ population.

The facility is located at the entrance to the Opebi school complex which houses the Opebi Junior School and the Senior High School, a well-secured, special clear-view panel fence solution where the beneficiary community can walk through the disinfectant tunnel before assessing the school. It also allows for free airflow with good headroom to give an appealing ambience.

The tunnel measures 5.5meters x 16 meters, fixed with 10 wash handstands, automatic liquid soap and hand sanitizer decanters 10 apiece. The walk-through area is equipped with two digital thermometers. All equipment is self operational to avoid human contamination.

In her welcome address, an elated Principal of the school, Mrs. Olugbewesa Kofoworola, while thanking the donor of the facility, disclosed that X3M Ideas has brought a world-class facility to her school and promised to maintain it.

In her words: “Our proactive governor is working so hard to combat COVID-19 and this facility will complement efforts in curbing the pandemic. It’s coming at the time it’s needed the most. The hygiene standard of the students and the school, in general, will be really high from now on. The facility has brought Opebi Senior Grammar School from obscurity to limelight and rebranded and elevated it to international school standard.

“You have added colour to our school; we are now the pacesetter. Thank you for making Opebi Senior Grammar School your choice.

Reflecting on the strategic fit between the project and current global health challenges, the Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), Hon Wahab Alawiye-King who chaired the commissioning said: “We know what COVID-19 has done throughout the world and we are to adapt to the new normal and part of the new normal is what we are here to commission today.”

Commending  X3M Ideas’ consistent ‘good works”, the SUBEB chairman noted:  “You could have taken it to another school but you chose this school, it shows you are a community inclined organisation and we call on others to emulate you act of good works. “Education is a social good and as such, government alone cannot do all that needed to be done and that is why we call on organisations to help us.”

Making his remark, Steve Babaeko, Chief Executive Officer, X3M Ideas, lauded the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his Hon. Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo for always allowing X3M Ideas to partner with them every year.

“This is our 8th year in business and every year, we would always come back to renovate part of a public school in Lagos and handover to them.”

According to the agency boss, X3M Ideas built the elegant hand washing system for the students because they represent the future of this great state. “This year, in view of COVID-19, it becomes imperative to create the hand-washing station just to continue to maintain the high level of hygiene among the students, to protect them and to protect ourselves. Also to ensure that we help flatten the curve and make sure all the wonderful health workers who have put in the time to help manage the crisis don’t have to do more work”.

Additionally, Steve noted that the Glo MiFi internet modems were donated to help the students and their teachers keep abreast of the latest COVID-19 news and also help in their academic pursuit.

Babaeko also enjoined other corporate citizens to pick up a public school and support them in whatever capacity possible. “I am a product of public school as well, so I understand how it is, students in public school have to be supported with facilities they need to be successful Nigerians.”

Making a remark on behalf of the Commissioner of Education, Mrs. Akinfoyewa expressed the Commissioner’s delight at the organisation’s 8th anniversary and the project saying “it came at the right time as the world is battling COVID -19 and the need for good hygiene system”.

In the same token, the Tutor General /Permanent Secretary, Education District VI,  Mrs. Oludara Okelola represented by Mr. Muyiwa Amodu said that the project is exceptional, describing X3M Idea’s team as “having  a large heart, a cheerful giver and a benevolent personality”.

“This isn’t your first time of commissioning projects, I was privileged to be at Agidingbi and Ikeja High schools and I saw X3M ideas’ projects, now you are here again. As government, we appreciate you. For some organisations, COVID-19 has set them back, for you it has propelled you. We appreciate your kind gestures always.”

A representative of the student, Mustapha Fatima who sees the X3M Ideas’ 2020 CSR project as wonderful, said it is very important to the students’ population at this period of coronavirus, as they need to remain healthy and wash their hands regularly.

“This will be very useful even after the pandemic and we promise to make judicious use of the facility and keep it in good shape. We pray that God will uplift the donor, X3M Ideas,” said Fatima.

X3M Ideas’ commenced its social good works at the junior section of the school in August 2012, when the agency clocked one, and the company has been consistent with the corporate gesture for 8 years.


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