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By Ibukun Emiola


Ibadan, Feb. 13, 2019 (NNN) Prof Joseph Akinrinmade, President, Methodist High School Old Boys Association, has called for the return of secondary schools to their original owners to revamp the nation’s education sector.

Akinrinmade said this at the 58th Founder’s Day celebration of Methodist High School, Ibadan, on Wednesday.

He said “You can see what is happening now, government is biting more than it can chew; they should remove politics out of this and look at the benefits that will accrue to the members of the public.

“So they should hand off and give the administration of schools to their original owners; this is why most old boys are not too interested in funding their alma-mater, because of insincerity on the part of the government,” he said.

Akinrinmade, who was the first professor of veterinary surgeon from the University of Ibadan, said the nation’s education sector was in need of urgent intervention to save it from further nose diving.

He, however, called on the old boys of Methodist High School, Ibadan, to make the school great again through their support.

“While we admit, as a major stakeholder, that our contribution may not bring about a drastic change in the short term, we have the conviction on continual improvement in student/staff motivation, scholarship incentives, facility upgrade and environmental friendliness, among others.

“We expect our alma-mater, after 58 years of existence, to comfortably and effectively tap into tremendous goodwill of the old boys and get as much benefits from them as it can get from today’s seemingly overburdened government.

“The notable achievement is the fact that the association is duly registered; this will definitely pave way for more development,” he said.

In her remarks, the principal of the school, Mrs Abosede Oriowo, appreciated the support of the Old Boys’ Association.

She, however, requested for more partnership with the government to provide the needed facilities for the school.

“Like Oliver Twist, we want more of the support of the Old Boys to restore electricity to the school, provision of ICT centre and laboratories for our students.

“We also want the association to support indigent students and provide scholarship for best students,” Oriowo said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that the event featured inauguration of Board of Trustees for the Old Boys Association. (NNN)

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Edited by Kamal Tayo Oropo/Julius Toba-Jegede

 

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