Courtesy Visit to the Alake of Egbaland

The Conference of Old Students and Alumni Associations of Western Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter visited pertinent stakeholders in the education sector to facilitate and seek support for the coming Alma Mater Day Celebration. The courtesy visits also aimed at introducing the organization, its objectives, existing and proposed programmes and seeking support of the visited bodies.

On Tuesday 27th February, the Paramount ruler of Egbaland, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo CFR received warmly the executives of the Conference. He expressed his impression about the formidable team and graciously pledged his support in all ramifications for the organization. Furthermore, he kindly agreed to be the Chairman of the 2018 Alma Mater Day Celebration.

Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments Celebrates Governor’s 60th Birthday in Style

In appreciation of the consistent unparalleled interest and support for the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments, the NGO has seized the rare opportunity of celebrating Senator Ibikunle Amosun’s CON FCA 60th birthday in her peculiar manner, and in conjunction with the office of the State Head of Service.

Forty (40) selected students from the Ogun state governor’s alma mater, African Church Primary and Secondary schools, Owu Abeokuta were selected to embark on a 3-day visit to Shongai  Farms, Port-Novo, Republic of Benin, to commemorate his birthday. Ten (10) officials accompanied the governors’ juniors for proper guide, care and monitoring. The excursion which commenced from Monday 22nd through Wednesday 24th January 2018, was targeted at exposing the pupils to life outside classrooms. It is also part of the Campaign’s ways to advocate the culture of giving back to one’s alma mater.

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Courtesy Visit and the Meeting of the New Excos

An appointment for the New Executive Committee Members of Conference of Old Students and Alumni Association to pay a courtesy visit to the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, was obtained. The visit held at 10 am on Tuesday, 23rd January 2018 at the office of the Governor. The group was well received by the governor. In response to the numerous request presented before him, he promised to donate a sum of ten million naira (N10,000,000) to the Initiative, out of which he donated one million naira (1,000,000) instantly.

At the end of the courtesy visit, the executives proceeded to the regional head office of the EIDWN to hold a meeting with the theme: ‘The Practical of the Vision Commonly Shared’.

An appreciation letter was sent to his Excellency for receiving the excos of Conference of Old Students warmly during the courtesy visit. His Excellency was praised for the various laudable Initiatives he is taking in Ogun State. The Conference in addition reiterated the requests earlier made to the governor.

Report of the Inauguration of Executive Committees of Conference of Old Students and Alumni Associations held on Thursday 4th January, 2018 at Plot 3, Golf Resort Drive, Oke-Mosan, Ogun State.

  • The inauguration started at about 10:45am. The opening prayer was said by a member of the Board of Trustees of the NGO, Mrs. Oyawale.
  • The conference of Old Student/Alumni Association in Western Nigeria’s Inauguration of Executive Committees organized by Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria took place at plot 3, Golf Resort Drive, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State on Thursday 4th January 2018. After the introduction of all attendees, the Managing Trustee of the Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria Mr. Adebowale Thompson in his welcome address expressed his joy and gratitude for the presence of the executives despite transport difficulties. He further expressed his assurance in their qualification, competence, commitment and ability for the assignment ahead. Finally he thanked them for accepting the invitation of a selfless service to our fatherland.
  • A Trustee of the NGO, the Head of Service of Ogun State Civil Service, Mr. Abayomi Sobande shared the vision of the conference “Schools of the Future Now!” He charged the newly inaugurated Executives to keep the fire burning noting that Government cannot solve all the challenges alone, hence the need to put in place task teams comprising of the Conference of Old Students and Alumni Associations that would work in tender with ideals and objectives of the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments to achieve a better platform to secure schools of the Future.
  • Mr. Sobande also called on stakeholders in the educational sector, market men and women, artisans among others to rise up and return to their schools to “Do Something!” no matter how small in order to improve the falling standard of education in the country. The Chairman Board of Trustees of the Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria, Mr. Michael Oyawale inaugurated the Executive Committee of the Conference of Old Students/Alumni Associations of Western Nigeria as follows:

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Dates of Publications

Some of our programmes have featured in the following dailies:

1. The South West Town Hall Meeting which was held at the DLK Events Centre, Abiola Way, Abeokuta on the 11th July, 2017.

  • The Nation Newspaper, Wednesday 12th July, 2017 page 42.
  • Saturday Tribune, Saturday 15th July, 2017 page 32.
  • New Telegraph, Monday 17th July, 2017 Page21.

2. The Alma Mater day of 10th October, 2017 which took place at Oba’s

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People’s Comments and Reactions

Following page 36 of Monday, December 18, The Punch’s publication of the Communique issued at the end of the recently held Convocation of Old Students by the EIfDW, under the flagship of the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments on the 12th December 2017, at the DLK Events Centre, Abiola Way, Abeokuta, people have expressed their interest and support for the Campaign. See extracts below:

  • The efforts of the Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria is very much appreciated as regards this publication. My prayer is, God shall sustain this Initiative to fertilize the educational development in Western Nigeria and Nigeria in

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Communique Issued at the Maiden Convocation of Assembly of Old Students and Alumni Associations of Western Nigeria

Maiden Convocation of Assembly of Old Students/Alumni Associations, Western Nigeria, Held on Tuesday, 12th December, 2017 at the
DLK Events Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

THEME: SCHOOLS OF THE FUTURE NOW!

1.0     INTRODUCTION

1.1      The Convocation of Assembly of Old Students/Alumni Association was convened by the Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria (EIFDW) for the effective mobilisation of Old Students towards the delivery of the objectives of the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments, which is the restoration of our schools to their glorious past. In this regard, common problems affecting all schools, especially in South West of Nigeria, were extensively discussed and lasting solutions proffered.

1.2     Mr. Adebowale Thompson, the Managing Trustee of EIFDW read the welcome   address and brief introduction of the Convocation titled “Why We Are Here”.

1.3    Three Papers were presented by Guest Speakers:
Needs Assessment of our Public Primary and Secondary Schools:
Prof. (Mrs.) Oluyemisi Obilade, the Vice Chancellor, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED);
Foreign Partnerships for Alumni Intervention in Alma Maters:
Mr. David Ukagwu, Head, DFID, Lagos Office & South West Regional Coordinator;
Optimizing the Diaspora Advantage:
Chief Sunday Oduntan, Past President, Abeokuta Grammar School Old Students’ Association, UK Branch.

1.4     A report on the outcome of a Mathematics Boot Camp was also presented by Mr. Tunde Yadeka, an Old Boy of Loyola College, Ibadan, on innovative instructional methods to encourage interest and better learning.

1.5     Goodwill messages were delivered by dignitaries from six (6) participating States including distinguished Old Students, Presidents of State Community Development Councils and decorated International Sports Personalities.

1.6     In an address to declare the Convocation open, the Governor of Ogun State, His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun CON,  FCA, observed that it is apt that Ogun State being the cradle of civilization in Nigeria, should host the Maiden Convocation. His Excellency re-emphasised the importance of Education to the growth and development of any nation. He therefore encouraged participants to remain steadfast as vanguards for the growth of Education in South Western Nigeria in particular and the nation as a whole. He pledged his Administration’s continued support for this common objective – as typified by the creation of the Donor Relations Office (Education). The Governor was represented by the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota.

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Convocation of Assembly of Old Students and Alumni Associations of Western Nigeria

Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments
Maiden Convocation of Assembly of Old Students/Alumni Associations of Western Nigeria

theme: Schools of the Future Now!
Products of the Past, Builders of the Future.

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Press Release: Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria Holds Maiden Convocation of Assembly of Old Students and Alumni Associations

The Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria (EIFDW), a Non-Governmental Organization in Educational Sector holds its Maiden Convocation of an Assembly of Old Students/Alumni Associations of Western Nigeria on its flagship project, Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments. The theme of the convocation is: Schools of the Future NOW! Products of the Past, Builders of the Future.

The Convocation of Assembly of Old Students’ Associations which is slated for Tuesday 12th December, 2017 is focused on the assessment of needs in crucial areas of the Education sector across the Southwest of Nigeria and recommendations to support the recovery process from ailing conditions for a brighter future. The convocation will have in attendance stakeholders all over the Six (6) Southwest States from different walks of life. These include organized groups like Old Students’ Association, ANCOPSS, AOPSHON; Youth Groups like the Boys Scout, Red Cross, and School Sports Federation amongst others.

The event which will hold at the DLK Events Centre, Abiola Way, Abeokuta starting by 10am, will come up with the modalities for Civil Societies’ interventions and support for the revival of the Education Sector in Southwest Nigeria, starting at the Primary School level.

Signed,

Mr. Adebowale Thompson
Managing Trustee

 

 

 

Donation of a Multi-Million Naira Building to EIfDW

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.