AN education-focused non-profit foundation, Dr. Florence Bola Ala Foundation, has unveiled plans to build a multi-purpose, state-of-the-art auditorium, initially valued at N10 million, for the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The Foundation was set up in memorial of the late Dr. Florence Bola Ala, an outstanding learned woman and first female Dean of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The foundation announced the plan to donate the N10 million auditorium at the 22nd convocation of the college while also presenting cash prize awards by the foundation to deserving graduating students of the college.
Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, commended the initiative by Dr. Florence Bola Ala Foundation, urging other individuals and organisations to emulate the worthy gestures by the foundation.
Fayose, the Visitor to the college, noted the need for supports by well-meaning individuals and organisations for the development of education, reiterating the commitment of his government to providing necessary resources to sustain the reputation of the state as a fountain of knowledge.
Handing over cash prize award of N20, 000 and book each for three deserving students of School of Education and Early childhood Care Education to the Registrar of the college, Mr Abayomi Adeyeri, a member of board of trustees of Dr Florence Bola Ala foundation and chief marketing officer of Flobal Trust Limited, said the foundation was committed to partnering with the college in achieving its mandates.
Adeyeri said the foundation would sustain and build on the initial cash prize awards and further undertake significant special projects of value to the college, including the building of the multi-purpose N10 million auditorium to immortalise the late first woman Dean of the college.
Registrar, College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, Mr Gbenga Ojo appreciated the kind gesture of the foundation and expressed the readiness of the institution to partner with the foundation.
Other dignitaries at the convocation were Chief Afe Babalola, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, who was awarded a fellowship, the newly-installed Ogoga of Ikere Ekiti, Oba Samuel Adu, and two members of board of trustees of the foundation, Mrs Omoefe Siakpere and Mr Olusoji Fagbemi.
Florence Bola Ala Foundation was incorporated in 2014. The trustees are made up of the children and one director from Flobal Trust Limited, a company whose name was derived from Florence Bola Ala. Flobal Trust is registered as a capital market operator by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The foundation is aimed at supporting individuals in need, especially in the area of education.