Commissioner for Education in Osun state,Hon Depo Ijiwole has tasked old students of public schools in the state,to assist the government in the area of infrastructure development.
Hon Ijiwole said this recently at St Peters Anglican Primary School Iremo ileife in Ife Central local government area of Osun state during the commissioning of the multimillion naira bungalow in the school that was refurbished to taste by the 1976&77 Set of the school under Mr Oluwole Oyegunle led executive.
“Your combined sets have done incredibly well by supporting the government to rehabilitate this hitherto dilapidated structure to taste.You could see that the government is already rehabilitating two other bungalows here,I want other old students in public schools to please rally round the government because we can’t do it alone.
“I commend those of you behind this dream that has come into reality and I particularly ail Mr Oluwole Oyegunle led executive which has made this a reality.
“Like Oliver Twist,the government is expecting more support from you people.
“Recently, someone single handedly constructed three buildings in his Alma mata,and it drew our governor and other top government officials to that school during commissioning.
“So,we are not underestimating the power of old students.You people can do more to support the government.” he said.
The President of the 1976/77 Sets of St Peters Iremo,Mr Oluwole Oyegunle in his response commended the commissioner and the government for their support for the school, particularly the ongoing rehabilitation of two other buildings in the school.
Oyegunle however urged the commissioner to assist in fencing the perimeter of the school to discourage touts and hoodlums who often have free access into the school to misuse and destroy the facilities.
“These facilities are not safe here unless they are secured .We often have stories of touts and hoodlums coming here to mess-up this place and destroy the facilities.We learnt they smoke Indian hemp here and often create nuisance here .We are appealing to the government to assist us to fence this school so that our facilities here can be secured.
“For us ,we will continue look for ingenious ways to give back to our Alma mata so that life can be a lot easier for the present crops of pupils in the school and they can be a lot better than us in the nearest future.”he said.
Meanwhile,the occasion was used to reelect members of the executive, comprising of Oluwole Oyegunle,as the President,Titilade Olajuyigbe,as Vice President and Demola Akinyemi,an Assistant News Editor in Vanguard Newspapers as Secretary for another two years tenure .
Other members of the executive include.Funke Ogunfidodo Assistant Secretary ,Dr Iyabo Ojedele Treasurer, Sade Alajiki PRO, Dupe Aderinola Chief Whip and Sikiru Olaoye Welfare Officer.
Also included are,Funmilola Oyedeji Auditor,.Gbenga Omilaju Social Secretary and Monisola Fola-Alao Financial Secretary.
Other highlights of the program was award of excellence given to two of their teachers who are still alive Mrs(Princess) Janet Foluke Akinyemi nee Ademiluyi ,and Mrs Dare Dorcas Modupe who taught them in Primary One and Primary Five respectively well over Fifty years ago.
Interestingly,one of the awardees Mrs Akinyemi is the mother of Mr Demola Akinyemi.
Post humous award was also given to the late Headmistress Princess (Mrs) Awujoola Olagbaju which was received by her daughter who also graduated from the school in 1969, while the President Mr Wole Oyegunle also seized the moment to celebrate his 60th Birthday marked in UK early i
n October with his school mates.