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Egbin Power launches innovation centre to boost student skills and creativity

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Egbin Power, Nigeria’s leading power generation company, has launched the Bright Gyimah Centre for Innovation, a facility to equip students with essential entrepreneurial, practical, and creative skills.

Located within the Powerfields Group of Schools in Ikorodu, the centre is a part of Egbin Power, a member of the Sahara Group.

The state-of-the-art facility provides students with opportunities to develop skills in Information Technology (IT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well as explore their creativity in arts, music, culinary, and hospitality fields.

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Felix Ofulue, head of Corporate Communications and Branding at Egbin Power, highlighted the centre’s role in fostering creativity and innovation. “The facility will open doors to exciting career opportunities for learners, serving as a beacon of hope for comprehensive, quality education and has the potential to revolutionise education in our society,” Ofulue stated.

Ofulue emphasised the company’s dedication to nurturing future leaders who will drive Nigeria’s progress and prosperity. “This initiative demonstrates our commitment to advancing education and highlights our readiness to continuously groom future leaders. The skills acquired here will enable learners to become architects of their success, supporting socio-economic growth,” he added.

Ejiro Gray, director of Governance and Sustainability at Sahara Group, spoke on behalf of the Governing Council of Powerfields Group of Schools, stressing the importance of equipping students with future-ready skills.

“At Sahara Group, sustainability extends beyond organisational boundaries to include positive societal impact. We aim to position students to compete globally, providing them the right platform to learn and apply their skills,” Gray said.

Gray further noted that the Innovation Centre offers transformative, in-demand 21st-century skills, empowering students to cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit and become innovators.

Ngozi Emezue, administrator of Powerfields Group of Schools, highlighted the centre’s role in providing experiential learning, boosting student confidence, and enabling practical application of theoretical knowledge.

“This Centre represents a significant investment in the future, playing a key role in nurturing the next generation of leaders and innovators. The Governing Council and the Management are excited to witness the impact of the innovation hub on students, teachers, and the community,” Emezue remarked.

Emezue also noted that the facility enhances continuous professional development for teachers, adding value and giving the school a competitive edge. She commended everyone involved in making the centre a reality.

Matthew Amadi, chairman of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), praised the Governing Council for elevating the school’s standards. “The establishment of this Centre for Innovation further positions Powerfields School as an exemplary learning institution where students receive quality education and practical skills, and expand their horizons beyond textbooks, making them outstandingly creative and competitive globally,” Amadi said.

Tope Sonubi, chairman of the Governing Council, attended the commissioning event, alongside other council members including Olubunmi Olukoju, Tolulope Orojo, Muhtar Bakare, and Akodu Kamardeen.

Caroline Uzoigwe, daughter of the late Bright Gyimah, after whom the centre is named, commended Egbin Power for honouring her father’s legacy.

“Education has gone beyond just classrooms and textbooks. It involves practicalizing and implementing knowledge. This Centre for Innovation is significant, laudable, and meaningful,” Uzoigwe said, praising the management’s commitment to the growth and development of the school and the education sector.

The innovation hub features an Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a Cooking Lab, a Hospitality Room, a Music Lab, an IT Lab, an Art Studio, and an Auditorium, among other facilities. These resources aim to provide students with hands-on experience and professional training in various fields.

Egbin Power has consistently demonstrated its commitment to education through initiatives such as annual scholarships for public primary and secondary school students, donations of furniture, educational materials, and solar-powered boreholes to schools in host communities, and celebrating special occasions with students.

This initiative aligns with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Egbin Power contributes to building a more sustainable and prosperous future by providing access to quality education and empowering future generations.