By: EDEM DARLINGTON, Calabar
Temple and AegeandaDas Ltd, a Lagos based holding company with interest in the oil and gas, finance and real estate have donated educational materials worth several millions to the prestigious Hope Waddell Training Institution in Calabar.
Mani Robson, leader of the team said the gesture was part of his company’s Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR programme.
Mr. Robson graduated from Hope Waddell in 1991.
He said apart from the rich historical records of the school which attracted his company’s interest in donating the books, it was also his own way of giving back to his alma mata.
“as a major academic citadel during the pre-colonial era till date, the choice of the school was also as part of his contribution to his alma mata.
“Hope Waddell has a proud record of association with the historical development of Nigeria, so it became natural that we had to come in to make our own contributions to the educational development of such great institution of learning. But apart from that, it is my own way of giving back to a school that taught me the value of education “
The financial expert said looking at the current educational situation all over the country, his company was aware that government cannot do everything alone and so decided to reach out to various schools across the country to meet certain critical needs in the educational sector.
“I graduated from Hope Waddell in 1991 when the current principal, Prince Samuel Ikpeme was then my vice principal. I know the many positive impacts the school has had on me. So the gesture is just a way of giving back to my basic constituency”
Apart from the donations, Mr. Robson said, his company’s quest to identify with excellence, has led to the establishment of a scholarship program between his company, management of the school and the presbyterian church of Nigeria for the best graduating student.
This he said was to provide some financial support to the students as well as show appreciation for their hardwork.
He said the donations will be a yearly affair including renovations of some buildings as well as provision of other basic needs of the school.
Named in honour of a foremost Irish missionary, Hope Waddell Training Institution is reputed for training countless nationalities including Nigeria’s first president, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Alvan Ikoku, Akanu Ibiam and a host of others.
During the Nigerian civil war, leader of the Biafran revolutionist, Odimigwe Ojukwu hid in a bunker within the school, aiming several shots at the Nigerian army until the capture of Calabar by late general Adekunle of the Nigerian army.
Established in 1895, the school is renowned for introducing the game of football and cricket in the country including establishment of the first printing press in 1920.