See projects executed and commissioned same day by the Federal Govt and 1984 Set at Ogbomoso Gram Schl

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Femi OGUNLANA
Ogbomoso Grammar School has again benefited from its old students, this time around from the 1984 Set, which renovated a block of three classrooms used as external examination rooms, provided students’ furniture as well as a signboard at the entrance proclaiming the name of the school.

The exam hall rehabilitated by the 1984 Progressive Set

The vocational laboratory donated by UBE


In his address, the Commissioner, Barrister Olaleye, represented by Mrs. Abosede Olabode, Zonal Inspector of Education Ogbomoso Zone asserted that the vocational laboratory donated to the school represented a huge opportunity capable of making students more competitive against the backdrop of the encompassing globalization.

Barrister Wale Kolajo, national president, OGSOSA (cutting the tape); Prof Ayandele, president 84 set (third right)!; Mrs Phillips, principal (second right) and others commissioning the exam hall renovated by the 1984 set


He stated, “It is important to note that the construction and equipping of vocational laboratory in this school is a rare opportunity and hence, it is a blessing to the students, parents and Ogbomosoland as a whole.
“The opportunity this facility offers will help to improve the skills and knowledge of the students for achieving economic competitiveness, especially in a context of progressing globalization. In other word, the exposure to vocational skills will undoubtedly assist to empower the beneficiaries to be self-reliant and at the same time de-emphasize the quest for youths for white collar jobs.
“Moreover, the facelift given to the school hall by the alumni association will provide the much needed relaxed atmosphere for various examinations and other curricular activities of the school.”

Mrs Olabode, who represented Barrister Olaleye (commissioner for education) commissioning the project


The vocational laboratory christened “Boy-Child Laboratory Centre,” is a centre for training in shoemaking, handset repair, needle work etc, with students expected to avail themselves of the opportunities even as the authorities of the school is making plans to secure the services of artisans who can impart the skills to the students.

Members of the 84 set by the new school’s signboard they donated


Also speaking the president of the 1984 Set, dubbed, ’84 Progressive Set, Professor Isaac Ayandele a.k.a. Agbomojo, noted that members of the set which he disclosed came together only about four months ago, were propelled to execute the project in their bid to make positive impact and contribute meaningfully to the progress of their alma mater.
Professor Ayandele, who is Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, however expressed regret that many leaders today who benefitted government scholarships to be able to study to the highest level educationally have failed to replicate such for the younger generations.
“It is no longer news that majority of our past and present leaders owe their educational, professional and political accomplishments to cooperative and collaborative endeavours. A large percentage of them were in school on government scholarship, free remittance arrangements, sponsorship by village councils, community efforts and even by some churches, mosques and alumni associations. Such was the high value and priority given to education.


“Regrettably, All these have today, vanished and disappeared like the groundnut pyramid of the North. Most of the beneficiaries who used these platforms (ladder) to climb to the pinnacle (top) of their careers did not only forget the ladder, they removed, destroyed and burnt it into ashes. What a sacrilege and aberration.
“We are gathered here to turn things around and make positive impact. Today, we shall commission the renovated single block of three (3) classrooms, donate sets of tables and chairs, whiteboard and a reflective signpost. We are happy and glad that it is not too late for us to turn things around and make impact.”
Ayandele, who was Special Adviser, Governor’s Office and later Special Adviser, Efficiency Unit- Governor’s Office, during the tenure of (now late) Governor Abiola Ajimobi, also gave reason for honouring their former tutors whom he described as “dynamic, proactive, pragramatic, creative, innovative, industrious, versatile, erudite and highly intelligent teachers. We owe whatever we are today to our good God and these great teachers.”
In her address earlier, principal of the school, Mrs. Racheal Onaolapo Philips, noting that provision of quality education is capital intensive, commended the ’84 Progressive Set, saying, “Despite the harsh economic environment that we are now in, in this great country, you have come back as great ambassadors of this school with ability to give back to your alma mater, to be committed to the development of this citadel of learning by renovating three (3) classrooms known as WAEC/NECO Examination Hall with standard students’ furniture.”
She added, “Dear 1984 set, we are so much pleased with your donations. This is a good example of supporting quality growth,” submitting that the school including parents, students and the school authorities would forever cherish the contribution of the set,
Mrs. Phillips went ahead to request more contributions from the old students in general towards meeting some other challenges facing the school, particularly appealing for assistance in fencing the school, renovating the school hall, provision of students’ and staff’ furniture and laptops.
Barrister Chris Adewale Kolajo, national president of Ogbomoso Grammar School Old Students Association (OGSOSA), enthused that the day the commissioning was being held was the greatest day for him in the month of March 2021, while effusively expressing gratitude to the ’84 set.
Kolajo similarly expressed belief that the set would not relent in assisting the school while revealing that the national executive committee is in the process of amending the constitution of the association to make room for establishment of Diaspora branches for members outside Nigeria.
He also assured that the old students would be better coordinated to harness the potentials of members in the efforts to add value to the school.
The return of boarding system, fencing of the school, virtual meeting and reaching out to more members are some of the things he stressed the national exco would look into towards taking the school to greater heights.
The former teachers honoured and appreciated by the set included Rev’d. Samuel Adegbite Adediran, Yoruba teacher; Chief Oyebisi Okewuyi, History teacher (absent); Chief Lola Ladepo, Biology teacher; Mr. John Ojo, Fine Art teacher; Mr. Alagbe Sunday, Yoruba teacher; and Mr. Humphrey Omoseyin, Physics teacher.
The event also witnessed inauguration of the executive committee of the ’84 Progressive Set by the national president, Barrister Kolajo, this is just as the national president presented two trophies to the school – one on behalf of his set (1966 – 1970) and the other on behalf of his family.
Some other dignitaries at the occasion are members of the national exco including Pastor Ayodele Obadire, 1st vice president; Mrs. Olubunmi Apara, 2nd vice president; Mr. Sejo. Abodunrin, PRO; Mr. Sunday Ogunleye, financial secretary; Mr. Adetoye Taiwo, general secretary; Barrister Iraboh, Legal Adviser; and Mrs. Iyabo Odeyinka, auditor.
Others are Mrs. Emiola Aremu, who represented the Local Inspector of Education, Mrs. Adenike Alawode; Alhaji Sheu Babalola AIG rtd., who is chairman of School Governing Board; Alhaji Badmus Adesoji Abdulrasheed, PTA chairman; Mr. Sunday Oyeniyi, chairman OGSOSA Home Branch; Mr. Oluyole Ajekigbe, a retired Permanent Secretary among others.

Mr Ajetomobi Oluwole Samuel, vice president of the OGSOSA 1984 set (right) exchanging handshake with one of the teachers honoured while Barrister Wale Kolajo and Prof Ayandele look on
The school’s cultural troupe
Prof Ayandele Agbomojo

This is just as the set honoured and appreciated some of their teachers at the time they were in the school.
In addition, an adequately-equipped vocational laboratory financed by the Federal Government, through the Universal Basic Education (UBE), was commissioned same day by the Oyo state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Aremu Olaleye.

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  1. Denny says

    Well written and structured. Unbiased journalism. Well done Femi.

    Denny

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