Infrastructure : Govt. College Ibadan Old Boys Invest N2bn In Alma Mater - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, October 22, 2021

Infrastructure : Govt. College Ibadan Old Boys Invest N2bn In Alma Mater


| The Daily Crucible | Published Friday, October 22, 2021

By Ayobami  Ife, Abeokuta

Government College Ibadan Old Boys Association (GCIOBA) has said that the association has invested over N2 billion in providing infrastructure for the school  in the last four or five years. 

The Old Boys said the resolve to invest in the school since 2017 was predicated on the reality that government lacked the resources to fund education adequately unassisted.

The National President of GCIOBA, Dr. Wale Babalakin, disclosed this on Friday during the 92nd Annual Public Lecture of the association at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun state.

Babalakin argued that, for Nigerians to have good quality education, alumni associations of schools should come to rescue the government and invest in the development of their alma maters.

He disclosed further that the association will inaugurate six projects, including: street lighting system, a museum of government college artifacts, two modern blocks of classrooms and road, among others as part of the activities marking the 92 years founder's day anniversary of the school

Babalakin said, "We are celebrating a glorious past and the determination to create a greater future. Between 2017 and now, the old boys of government college has invested over N2 billion in their alma mater. All class sets contributed and still contributing and willing to contribute.

"You either have good education or you don't. Any education that is not good is not worthwhile, then if education is going be free, it must be good, if it's not good, it is not worth having at all.

"This is the thing that has motivated government college old to partner the Oyo state government to rebuild our school.

"If you are discerning enough to calculate the revenue of the state, and share it among 650 secondary schools in Oyo state, you will realise that unless there money from another source, you cannot develop education.

"Government can hardly fund education today. We are keen on providing an example on how education should be in Nigeria."

In his remarks, former President Olusegun Obasanjo urged state governments to hand over the responsibility of running some older schools to alumni who are well to do.

Obasanjo insisted that, education is very critical to be left in the hands of the government alone.

"I believe that where it is possible, state governments should hand over the responsibility of running of old schools to their alumni. It will relief to the state governments of the burden that they may have to carry.

"Education is so serious, so important and so critical that it should not be left in the hands of the government alone. If we are going to get there, we must take education seriously", Obasanjo said.

Delivering his lecture, titled, "COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating effects on world affairs", the Minister for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said, Nigeria is more prepared than ever to deal with COVID-19 and other viral infections.

He urged Nigerians who are yet to take the COVID-19 vaccination to ensure that they are vaccinated, saying vaccines remain one of the best ways of preventing the spread of the virus.

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