Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara has called on community development associations, old students’ associations and other stakeholders in the education sector to meaningfully support the government in revamping the education sector in the state. Ahmed made the call on Monday atthe Government House,Ilorin when he received members of Government Secondary School Omu-Aran Old Boys Association (OGSSOBA), led by its President, Mr Olusegun Adeniyi.
The governor said that the call became necessary because intervention in education sector required input and strong support of all the stakeholders for the state government to succeed in the task. He said the state government would continue to provide facilitiesto make learning environment more conducive in colleges in the state. Ahmed said the schools on priority list included Government Secondary School, Ilorin; Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin; Government Secondary School, Omu-Aran and Offa Grammar School, Offa which, he described, as largest student-enrolment schools in the state.
The governor urged old student associations to make concerted efforts to give back to their Alma mata infrastructural facilities and teaching equipment to complement government’s efforts to improve falling standard of education in the nation.He said the state government had earmarked funds, under its Infrastructure Development Fund (IDF), to meet the needs of all colleges in the state. Ahmed assured that with improvement in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), more critical development-oriented projects would be executed by his government.Speaking earlier, Adeniyi said that the association had embarked on aN200 million classrooms, libraries and laboratory rehabilitation projects toward the celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary in July, 2017.He also said the association had over the years awarded scholarships to students for exhibiting exemplary performance in their educational pursuits and donated a bus to the school.The president was accompanied on the occasion by a former acting Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Otunba Jide Adebayo; retired Maj.- Gen. Yemi Abidoye, former Commander, Ordinance Corps of the Nigerian Army and Prince Ayo Fagbemi, a retired permanent secretary in the state.Others were Messrs Nasiru Ibrahim and Jubril Haruna, both serving permanent secretaries in the state, Mr. Remi Afolayan, the association’s secretary-general and Barr. Atolagbe, Special Adviser to the state governor on legal matters.