As part of efforts to sensitize the Public and Old Students’ Associations to give back to their Alma Maters, the Ogun State Chapter of Conference of Old Students and Alumni Associations of Western Nigeria held the 2019 Alma Mater Day Celebration in the three (3) Senatorial Districts of Ogun State.
The Conference of Old Students and Alumni Associations of Western Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter, organiser of the events posited that the purpose of celebrating the event in the 3 Senatorial Districts of the state was to take the Educational Initiative Campaign and Advocacy to the grassroots for better appreciation and ownership.
The events were held on Tuesday 11th of June at Ogun East, Sagamu, followed by Ogun West at Ayetoro on Tuesday 18th June and ended at Ogun Central in Odeda on Tuesday 25th June.
The Ogun East event was held at Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School Hall, Awolowo Road, Makun, Sagamu, that of Ogun West was held at United Primary School Ayetoro, Yewa North, while the celebration of Ogun Central took place at Methodist Primary School, Odeda.
OGUN EAST SENATORIAL DISTRICT
The 2019 Alma Mater Day celebration for Ogun East which took place on Tuesday 11th of June, 2019 and was presided on by the Conference Chairman, Prof. Delana Adelekan, who advocated for the establishment of strong and virile Old Students’ Associations in Primary Schools as the case in Secondary and Tertiary Institutions since Primary Schools are said to be the foundation of literacy, it must be supported to deliver quality education to pupils.
On his part, the Managing Trustee of Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria, Mr. Adebowale Thompson noted that the Initiative will continue to collaborate with other stakeholders to revamp the educational fortune of the States in the Western Region.
Also speaking at the event, the Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Dr. Ajayi who was represented by the Asoju Oba of Remoland, Engr. Obafemi Osasanwo urged philanthropists to focus attention to the Primary Schools by supporting their areas of need for the overall development of education.
The event was attended by Pupils from 17 Schools from Sagamu Zone and pupils from Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School, Awolowo Road, Makun, Sagamu. In attendance also were Old Students’ Associations, Education Administrators, Teachers, Civil Society representatives, among others. Dignitaries at the event included the Asoju Oba of Remoland, Eng. Obafemi Osasanwo, representing the Akarigbo; Zonal Education Secretary, Mrs. Anifowose; former Head of Service, Elder Sola Adeyemi mni; Managing Trustee, Mr. Adebowale Thompson; Chairman of the Conference, Prof Delana Adelekan; Association of Primary School Headteachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON) Chairman, Comrade Ogungbesan; Civic Service Action Coalition on Education for All (CSCEFA) Chairperson, Mrs. Taiwo Adebanjo; Chief (Mrs.) Falilat Ogunkoya MON;Vice Chairman of the Conference, Engr Ademola Agboola; Assistant Secretary of the Conference, Mr. T. I. Opaleye; Conference PRO, Mr. Tola Adenekan among others.
The Guest Speaker at the event, Alhaji Saliu Isola Oni, Home Secretary, Remo Secondary School Old Students Association 61/65 set, advised Government to see Old Students’ Associations as partners in progress for constructive engagement. He urged Old Students’ Associations to also consider academic performance of their Alma Mater through the institution of prizes and awards to students, just as they provide infrastructure. The lecture was followed by an interactive session.
Contributing, a former Head of Service, Elder Sola Adeyemi said more efforts should be put in sensitizing and encouraging Old Students’ to go back to their Primary schools, noting that the present pupils in the schools are leaders of tomorrow.
The event also featured songs, cultural and drama presentation by pupils.
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OGUN WEST SENATORIAL DISTRICT
The 2nd leg of the 2019 Alma Mater Day Celebration took place at United Primary School, Ilogun, Ayetoro. The event which was presided over by the Chairman, Conference of Old Students and Alumni Associations of Western Nigeria, Prof Delana Adelekan, paraded an array of dignitaries including the Managing Trustee of Educational Initiative, Mr. Adebowale Thompson, former Head of Service, Elder Sola Adeyemi, Provost College of Agricultural Science, Prof. John Aihonsu, Former National President of RATTAWU and retired Permanent Secretary, Dr. Yemisi Bamgbose, Former Permanent Secretaery Mr. Owodeyi, Mrs. Ikumapayi from Sagamu, Engr. Kayode Adeniji, Mr. Taiwo Opaleye, Mr. Tola Adenekan, Mr. Wale Olanrewaju and officials of the Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria.
The Patron, Conference of Old Students and Alumni Associations of Western Nigeria, Prof. ‘Biyi Afonja was represented by Engr. R. A. Afonja.
At the event, the first Primary School Old Students’ Association in Western Nigeria was formally inaugurated at the United Primary School, Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Government of Ogun State.
The Association Pioneer members which included a Former Head of Service in Ogun State, Elder Sola Adeyemi and the Provost College of Agricultural Sciences, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Prof John Aihonsu were charged to mobilise others to support the School which provided them with foundational education.
The Chairman Conference of Old Students and Alumni Associations of Western Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter, Prof. Delana Adelekan inaugurated the newly constituted Old Students’ Association of United Primary School, Ayetoro at the close of the event. He commended the bold step taken by Elder Sola Adeyemi and other pioneers of the association and noted that the quality of primary education is a determinant for students’ academic successes in secondary and tertiary institutions.
Speaking at the inauguration, former Head of Service, Elder Sola Adeyemi pledged that the old students will take up the ceiling project of the School Hall as their first assignment; he also lauded the present administration in Ogun State, led by Prince Dapo Abiodun, for declaring a State of Emergency in the education sector, which he said was in decay and needed urgent attention.
The Guest Lecturer, Director Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Waheed Olanloye urged Head Teachers to keep adequate records and pictures of their graduating students saying such will provide a reference for the old students to start their Association later in life when they are better off.
Represented by the Zonal Education Officer, Yewa North, Alhaji Lawal Adebola, Dr. Olanloye maintained that aside infrastructural support, Old Students’ Associations could help in the area of instructional materials, donations of awards and prizes, educational tours and sponsorship of indigent but brilliant students.
Other speakers at the event including Prof. Afonja, Dr. Yemisi Bamgbose and Mr. Adebowale Thompson maintained that nothing is too small to give back to one’s alma mater. They also called for serious attention to support primary schools.
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OGUN CENTRAL 2019 ALMA MATER DAY CELEBRATION
The third leg of the 2019 Alma Mater Day Celebration came up at Methodist Primary School, Odeda on Tuesday 25th June, 2019. The event was coordinated by the Education Secretary of Odeda Zonal Education office, Mr. Adeboye; the Head teacher of Methodist Primary School, Odeda – Mr Somoye Musiliu, and the Association’s contact person Mr. Festus Ogunkola. Other dignitaries that attended the event included the Chairman of Odeda Local Government, Alhaji Bola Lawal, and the Chairman of PTA Methodist Primary School, Odeda, school teachers and representatives of 13 primary schools from the Local Government.
The Conference Chairman who presided over the event stressed on the importance and essence of Old Students’ Associations in the Primary Schools. He enjoined those present to encourage others to establish Old Students’ Associations in the area.
Mr. Festus Ogunkola delivered the lecture at the event and spoke extensively on the role and importance of Old Students Associations in the primary schools. It was followed by an interactive session. Pupils of Methodist Primary School entertained invited guests with cultural display. Finally, goodwill messages were delivered by some dignitaries at the event.
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