The former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Tunde Lemo on Wednesday, the 22nd of November, 2017 officially transferred the Red Cross Clinic located at Plot 3, Golf Resort Drive, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta to the Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria. The clinic was initially donated by the ‘Tunde Lemo Foundation’ to the ‘Red Cross Society of Nigeria’ on 9th May, 2012 for the healthcare benefit of the Ogun State Civil Servants. Unfortunately, the building has been in disuse for about five years and has therefore been totally vandalized. The donor in an interview with newsmen at the event expressed his displeasure over the waste of resources stating that over 60million naira was spent to build and equip the clinic by his Foundation and friends to commemorate his 51st birthday in the year 2012. He promised to conclude the transfer of all legal documents of the building to EIfDW for its operations. On behalf of the Initiative, Mr Abayomi Sobande, the Head of Ogun State Civil Service who is a member of the Board of Trustees of the NGO, expressed his profound gratitude for the benevolence of the philanthropist stating that it will facilitate the operations of the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments across the Southwest of Nigeria.
In furtherance of the vision to enhance the Educational aspirations of students for greater accomplishment in life, the Permanent Secretary of Ogun State Local Government Service Commission, Mr. L. A. Owodeyi came up with another philanthropic gesture to sponsor four (4) pupils and a tutor of the same school, Saint Peters Primary School, Joga-Orile, Iju LCDA in Ogun State, on an educational tour to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Tuesday 28th November, 2017. The School Head teacher selected the beneficiaries using appropriate criteria. Unfortunately, the trip could not hold because of the clash in its date with the first term examination of the pupils.
An inspectional visit was made by the Ogun State Head of Service, Mr. Abayomi Sobande, accompanied by officers of both the Ogun State Donor Relations Office and the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments, on the 8th November, 2017 to Anglican Girls Grammar School, Ijebu-Ode and Ijebu Muslim College, Ijebu-Ode. The Principal of the former, Chief Mrs. F. A. Sosanwo spoke at length on the management of the school and additional efforts being made to attract support for proper maintenance of the school from external sources. She emphasized the continuous and tremendous participation of the Old Girls and the PTA in the development of the school. The HoS in his statement informed that the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun CON, FCA, has inaugurated a Donor Relations Office which will facilitate the relationship between stakeholders and the government in the education sector to receive appropriate support of government agencies in education related projects. In her reaction on the functions of the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments by the EIFDW, the vibrant principal who doubles as an Old Girl of the school confirmed that alumnae both home and abroad are demonstrating very high sense of responsibility towards the development of their alma mater than before. Some of the projects that have been undertaken by the PTA and Old Girls include: building and furnishing of a computer room with flat screen computers, creation of a sick bay, sinking of a borehole, refurbishment of halls and assembly grounds, donation of white boards, building of toilets, occasional capacity building for teachers, among others.
Similarly, the Initiative was invited by the former National President of Ijebu Muslim College Old Students’ Association, Alhaji Korede Lawal, to witness the ongoing massive project funded by the Alumni Association of the school in line with the vision of the founders of the school. Several developments are in the pipeline including a storey building of about 28 classrooms by ExxonMobil. The school which celebrated her golden jubilee in 2006 is well sustained by its alumni association to retain the prestige it has been known for over the years. They were also informed about the establishment and functions of the Donor Relations Office.
We are happy to inform you that the Campaign by Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria to “Do Something” for your Alma Mater has started yielding results.
In response to one of the Campaigns of Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria, the Permanent Secretary of Ogun State Local Government Service Commission, Mr. L. A. Owodeyi sponsored two pupils of his alma mater – Saint Peters Primary School, Joga-Orile, Iju LCDA in Ogun State on a two-day diaspora motivational tour of Cotonou in Republic of Benin on 16th and 17th of October 2017. The two good Ambassadors of the school selected by the headmaster are primary six pupils, namely:
- Bankole Quassim Olamilekan
- Fagbemi Aminat Ololade