Olori Atuwatse III, the wife of the Olu of Warri, has officially unveiled the Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Innovation Centre, Iyara, to provide quality education to children in the Oil City and Delta State at large.
The facility, named after the queen’s late father, drew delegates from the palace, as well as municipal and state governments.
The ceremony was administered by Zion Oshiobugie, founder of CleverMinds Foundation and administrator of the innovation centre, who welcomed Ogiame Atuwatse III and Olori, among other visitors.
The young learners entertained the monarch and visitors with interesting displays. The exhibits include remote control and management of electrical gadgets, a Warri-Tesla prototype, and other commendable initiatives undertaken by the youth. They also sang a song in memory of the late Idahosa, which moved many of the visitors.
After acknowledging her husband and visitors, the centre’s founder, Olori Atuwatse III, complimented the wives of the President and Delta State governor, Hajia Aisha Buhari and Dame Edith Okowa, on their endeavours aimed at providing underprivileged children with quality education. She admitted that more work need to be done.
Her words: “It all starts with little initiatives like this STEM laboratory. We do not always have to wait for government or huge funding to build legacies for our children. All we have to do is to touch lives in remote communities like Iyara and the effect would trickle down to other parts of the nation.