Corps member donates museum to Imo zoo


The zoo community in Imo State has been thrown into jubilation by the rare gesture of a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member deployed to the state Miss Fatunbi Oluwatosin.

Oluwatosin handed over a museum project worth N15 million to the state government as part of her Community Development Service (CDS).

The gesture of the Corps member triggered deep emotions among the zoo workers who described it as uncommon and unprecedented.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House Mr Kingsley Uju said the historic museum will not only serve as tourism centre, but also research centre for the next generation.

He described the Corps member as a role model who should be emulated by all Nigerian youths.

Uju commended the zeal and inspiration of conceiving the idea to “begin such a huge project considering the little allowance being paid to her as a Corps member”.

“This is the kind of youths we are looking for in this state,” he said. “She is creative and hardworking and Imo State government will like her to remain in this state so that we can benefit from her full potential”.

He continued: “Oluwatosin has justified her service year in Imo and has written her name in the good history of the state, this government will not fail to reward her”.

Mrs. Gift Candida who represented the NYSC state Coordinator said the project was among the biggest any corps member has ever embarked upon in Imo.

“I wonder what Oluwatosin was thinking when she embarked on this project, I do not know if she knew she has only one year to complete the project.

“It is amazing that a Corps member could begin and complete a project of this magnitude,” she said.

In her remarks, Oluwatosin, said she decided to embark on the project so that she would be known for something in Imo.

She said, “When I was posted to Imo State Zoo, I went round the premises and discovered that the existing museum was not of standard, I decided to start the project just to upgrade the zoo.

“I was able to complete this project through goodwill of some government officials like the Commissioner for Environment who donated the first N 1million and the Deputy Chief of Staff Mr Kingsley Uju who saw to the completion of the project.

She also commended the Zoo Manager, Mr. Francis Abioye who she said stood by her during challenges and also introduced her to government officials.

The zoo manager, Abioye, said the museum project was a top priority following a need to expand the existing museum before the corps member indicated interest.

He said the historic museum will be used for tourism and research center for students.

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