Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, the Governor of the State of Osun, has stated that providing quality education to the state’s teeming student population will require a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, since the government will no longer be able to supply the required funds.
Governor Gboyega, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Wole Oyebamiji, spoke at the 65th founders anniversary of the Methodist High School in Ilesa, Osun state, on Saturday. He said stakeholders, including alumni associations, must work with the government to provide excellent and functional education for the youths.
“As you all know, the government cannot fund education on its own. As a result, we are inviting alumni associations, corporate organizations, patriotic and well-meaning individuals and groups who share our vision of providing excellent and functional education for our youths to collaborate with us so that, together, we can put the school on the path to long-term success.
“I like your sense of belonging and dedication to the notion of a long-term relationship with your alma mater. This is worthy of imitation by other old students’ groups in our state’s numerous schools that have yet to begin on this footing.
I beg you to continue the school’s legacy of giving back. I would also advise you to direct the kids in that direction so that your goal of developing your school in a sustainable manner can be met.
In his welcome address, President of the school alumni association, Engr. Dideolu Falobi, stated that the association has committed N200 million to various development projects at the school over the last six years.
According to him, the organization sponsored the anniversary to bring everyone together and reignite patriotism among members in order to motivate them to work more to improve the school.
The commissioning of projects like the freshly completed multi-purpose hall, the newly restored Biology Laboratory titled Dr Peter Ojo astronomy observatory centre, and multimillion naira Olympic size basketball and volleyball courts are among the highlights of the occasion.
Some of the school’s teachers who worked there from 1961 to 2000 were also honored.