The Ogun State Government has inaugurated an Education Donor Relations Office at the State Secretariat, Abeokuta as parts of its committment to the development of the education sector.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun during the inauguration, said the office would support the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments of the Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria.
He said the office was also aimed at revisiting the old schools in a bid to upgrade the decaying infrastructure on ground.
His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Tolu Odebiyi said the Education Donor Relations Office was a demonstration of the administration’s support for the programme and its interest in enhancing the educational status of the state.
“Government will deploy resources to support alumni associations in their genuine effort to sustain our schools,” he added
Amosun explained that Donor Office was designed as a one-stop shop for stakeholders in the education sector to relate with Government about their plans and also receive appropriate support of government agencies.
He described the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments as a programme that has potential to bring about continual improvement in the fortune of schools and the quality of students produced.
Earlier, in his goodwill message, the Managing Trustee of the Initiative, Mr. Adebowale Thompson, explained that the Alma mater Day was organized to remember and celebrate old schools and all they represent in terms of structures, personnel and activities.
He disclosed that the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments had also initiated a Diaspora Tour Programme where a teacher and a student would be sent overseas annually to gain international exposures, adding that this will boost the morale of both teachers and students
The Eselu of Iselu, Oba Hezekiah Tayo, noted that the Initiative was the first of its kind in Nigeria, and that it would ginger individuals to return to their Alma Mater, especially the primary school, which is the foundation other educational attainments rested on.
While speaking with the newsmen at the event, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, commended the state’s Head of Service, Mr. Abayomi Sobande, a member of the trustees who facilitated the campaign to the doorsteps of the civil service in the state.