By Aisha Gambo
Students of Queen Amina College, Kaduna, who passed out in 1985 and 1986, have renovated six toilets and 14 bathrooms in the school.
The facilities inaugurated on Saturday are expected to arrest the practice of open defecation by students.
Hajia Amina Junaidu, Deputy Director, Higher Education, in the Kaduna State Ministry of Education, inaugurated the projects on behalf of Halima Lawal, education commissioner.
The commissioner commended the former students for the projects which she described as “a wonderful achievement”.
“The facilities will certainly ease students suffering; they will minimise the inconvenience of long queues in the morning,” she said.
She urged the students to make judicious use of the facilities and maintain them adequately.
Mrs Rakiya Ahmad, Principal of the College, thanked the students for contributing to the teaching, learning and welfare of the students through financial donations and mentoring.
She said that the school currently had over 3,000 students with inadequate facilities to cater for them.
She urged parents to support the state government’s free education policy by providing writing materials for students.
“Aside their conventional studies, we offer Information Communication Technology courses where students learn how to operate computers.
“Last year, one of our students scored 320 points in her UTME test.
“The government has done a lot but we need more assistance and we hope you won’t relax your efforts because you have set a record. There is no doubt that this is the best set of the Queens,” she said.
She explained that the association was focused on giving something back to the school and also helping the next generation to access education in a conducive environment.
She thanked her colleagues for contributing to the reunion and the execution of the projects.
Some members of the group, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) expressed happiness over the reunion which had enabled them to meet old friends.
One of them, Funke Omotunde, said that she had not seen many of her classmates since they parted in 1985.
“I feel so happy seeing them alive and healthy,” she said.
Omotunde urged government to renovate the school and build more hostels, toilets and classrooms as the number of students had increased.
Another old student, Aisha Sambo, said that a sense of nostalgia enveloped her when she saw her classmates.
“I am visiting the school after a long time. I am so delighted to meet old friends and some of my old teachers,” she said.(NAN)