The Governor Seyi Makinde led administration in Oyo State has indicated its resolve to partner stakeholders in the education sector, including old students associations, for the development of infrastructures in public schools.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in Oyo State, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, said this during the inauguration of a block of four rehabilitated classrooms and sets of furniture by the Old Students’ Association of Ahmadiyya/Anwarul Islam School, Eleyele, Ibadan.
A Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Aminat Atere, who represented the commissioner, stated that the rejuvenation of public schools required the concerted efforts of all stakeholders with government at the forefront of the crusade.
Atere said, “The commitment of the current administration in the state to the development of infrastructures in public schools cannot be overemphasized. Since the inception of this government, there have been renewed efforts to improve the standard.
“The initiatives of the old students’ association of this school are, therefore, appreciated and the government would do everything possible to improve the standard of education in the state.”
Projects being executed by the old students’ association of the school included the rehabilitation of three blocks of classrooms; rehabilitation of the staff room; sinking of motorized borehole; supply of library equipment, and construction of the school gate.
The National President of the association, Captain Tajudeen Alao, said the alumni association would not relent in its efforts to bring back the glory of the school.
Alao, who said the rehabilitation of the newly inaugurated block of four classrooms and 128 pieces of desks and benches in the school cost a huge amount of money, said the determination to support the growth and development of the school would remain paramount to the alumni members.
Alao, in an address delivered on the occasion, said, “As you are all probably aware, this year’s celebration marks the 65th anniversary of the school which was established on February 14, 1955.
“This general-purpose hall was rehabilitated by the old students’ association after about a decade of abandonment, occasioned by the inability of the government and the parents-teachers association to maintain it. We appreciate all members of AGSOSA, home and abroad, for their sacrifice in ensuring the rehabilitation of the hall that gulped over N8m.”
He urged the government to provide more staff for the school in the core subjects.
“This will help to bring back the glory of the school. The drawings and estimates for the rehabilitation of the dilapidated library, the cost of which is presently at N17m, is available here for all of us to see,” he said.
A N17m fundraiser was done at the event for the rehabilitation of the library.