Curbing COVID-19: Lagos Education Authority Lauds X3M Ideas’ 2020 CSR Project Innovative Wash Hand Station

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L-R, Principal, Opebi Senior Grammar School, Mrs. Olugbewesa Kofoworola; Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King; Chief Executive Officer, X3M Ideas, Steve Babaeko; and Director, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Grace Akinfoyewa, representing the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo at the commissioning of a state-of-the-art Hand Washing Station /Tunnel donated to the school by X3M Ideas as the agency’s 2020 CSR intervention project to commemorate its 8th year anniversary in Lagos.

Lagos agency, X3M Ideas yesterday climaxed its 8th year anniversary tagged “X3M good for 8 years” as the urbane multinational agency, donated a first of its kind wash hand station facility and Glo MiFi internet modems with unlimited data, to Opebi Senior High School, Opebi – Ikeja, Lagos to further combat the dreaded COVID-19 and safeguard the health of the students’ population.

The donation which is largely seen to complement the efforts of both the Federal and especially, the Lagos State government led by His Excellency, Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in their combat against the ravaging Coronavirus, will help to further enhance the COVID-19 prevention protocols especially in the area of hand washing and general hygiene of the young students and also provide them access to information and education on the pandemic.    

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

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

L-R, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, Executive Chairman, SUBEB, Olugbewesa Kofoworola, Principal, Opebi Senior Grammar School; and Steve Babaeko, Chief Executive Officer, X3M Ideas at the commissioning of the state-of-the-art hand washing station /facility donated to the school by the Lagos agency as its 2020 CSR intervention project to commemorate its 8th year anniversary in Lagos.

In her welcome address, an elated Principal of the school, Mrs. Olugbewesa Kofoworola while thanking the donor of the facility, X3M Ideas, a company she noted has consistently supported the efforts of the Lagos State State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, disclosed that  X3M Ideas has brought a world-class facility to her school and “we hope to maintain it by the grace of God”.

According to her, 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, adding that 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” asserted the Principal. 

“You have added colour to our school, we are now the pacesetter, thank you for making Opebi Senior Grammar School your choice, I am happy you made my school to be chosen”, said she added.

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, the 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 X3M Ideas’ CEO, 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 to ensure that we help flatten the COVID-19 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.  

Highlighting the SUBEB Chairman,  Babaeko also enjoins 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 publics school have to be supported with facilities they need to be successful Nigerians”

Making a remark on behalf of the Commissioner of Education, Mrs. Akinfoyewaexpressed 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” . Claiming that Lagos is always the first, the commissioner, eulogized the agency habit of contributing “excellence to the State excellence, Lagos”.

In the same token, the Tutor General /Permanent Secretary, Education District VI,  Mrs. Oludara Okelola represented by Mr. Muyiwa Amodu said that the project commissioned today 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.

 Incidentally, X3M Ideas’ commenced its social good works at the junior section of the school in August 2012, when the agency clocked one. The company renovated and handed over a block of five classrooms (equipped with chairs, desks and chalkboards).

It was double honors in 2013,  Oregun Senior High School, Oregun and Community High School Wasimi, Maryland, Lagos each got new  IT labs equipped with computer gadgets – two units of laptops (pre-loaded with the required software/computer applications), 2HP air-conditioners and 10 Units of UPS.

X3M Ideas took its CSR project to a new dimension in 2014 as it clocked 3. The Lagos State Special Correctional Centre for Boys, Oregun, Lagos was the beneficiary. The centre got the two blocks of modern and fully equipped lavatories for the use of the students and staff of the home while in 2015 the X3M goodness CSR project was delivered to Ikeja Senior High School, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos where it constructed and equipped a library with furniture and relevant textbooks for the use of the students and teachers.

On its 5th anniversary, the agency took the initiative out of Lagos for the first time.  It berthed at Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Chibok in Bornu state. The school ravaged by the dreaded Boko Haram bandit and displaced was blessed with 317 units of tables and chairs for students and teachers at its new site.

The X3M’s unfailing annual CSR project, however, returned to Lagos for its 6th edition as the agency renovated SS 3/Administrative  block at State Senior High School, Ikeja GRA while the 7th year anniversary CSR project saw Commissioner for education commissioning the renovated Block IV, a sickbay and library all donated by X3M ideas at the Agidingbi junior Secondary School, Ikeja.  

Perhaps, it is the agency’s consistency in “doing good” that makes the education officials across the three Lagos education districts beckon on the company’s management to extend the “goodies” to their respective districts and schools. This act of social good, as the SUBEB Chairman highlighted deserves to be emulated by all corporate organisations. As a promoter of social good, X3M Ideas has its eyes on novel ideas and projects with the potential to solve community-based problems and create positive changes in society through their interventions. No wonder the company keeps winning.

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