The KIA Lakeside Academy, a crèche, nursery, primary and secondary school, Abuja, was recently dedicated to God and unveiled by the Primate, Church of Nigeria, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, who prayed for God to use the school to raise God fearing children.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chairman, Governing Council of the School, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, said the school, which was established in 2008 in Jabi has grown from seven pupils at inception to 200 students now.
He said the school was established in memory of late Kunbi Irene Adebiyi (KIA), who lost her life in the unfortunate 2013 Dana air crash. “Kunbi was a prodigious child in whom the parents, friends, family members and well-wishers were well pleased. Kunbi was someone who cared for others, especially the less privileged. She bagged BSc in Economics and obtained a Master’s degree in Development Economics. She also had a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies from the Harvard University.”
“In pursuit of her love to care for others, she established, quite early in life, a non-governmental organisation through which she sponsored and provided succour to the less privileged in Nigeria and Ghana. Her major goal was to give them a chance to survive and grow to become their best in life. She spent most part of her time in the rural communities interacting with rural dwellers.”
Afolabi said the goal of the school is to continue from where Kunbi stopped. “KIA Lakeside Academy is designed to give all Nigerians and every other people the opportunity to access quality and affordable education. The school is not established for profit making. The goal is to offer world class education to all who are opportune to apply and gain admission here.”
He said the facilities in the school can compare with the best anywhere in the world, while teachers and administrators are carefully selected and recruited based on high standards and encouraged parents to seize the opportunity to access quality education for their children. “That is what Kunbi stands for.”
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) Umar Gambo Jibrin commended the Proprietress, Mrs. Titilayo Adebiyi and her husband Prof. Dan Adebiyi for establishing what he described as a quality and impressive educational institution.
“Education is key to development. We encourage people and institutions to collaborate with government in establishing great institutions like KIA Lakeside Academy that promotes development both for the individual and for the society”.
He said the government is willing at all times to support endeavours like this. “We will support KIA Lakeside Academy and any other private institutions that seek our support to enable our children receive the best educational training possible for the development of our country, Nigeria.”