Old students charged to give back to Alma Mata


By Adebayo Olodan

Old students have been enjoined to help in improving teaching and learning conditions in their Alma Mata as a way of appreciating the knowledge acquired as learners in such schools.

The newly appointed President of the 1994 set of Government Secondary School Bacita, Dr Bolaji Shittu, gave the advice during the re-union and inauguration of executives of old students of the school at GRA, Ilorin, on Saturday.

According to him, government cannot be left alone in improving the standard of education in the country hence the need for former students of each school to contribute their quota to the development of their Alma Mata.

Shittu, who is a medical practitioner, also advocated old students of various schools to come under an umbrella for a common goal.

“It’s been 23 years since we left GSS Bacita and it feels good to be here with my classmates today. One of the reasons we have created this platform is to give back to our school and to also see how we can assist ourselves in terms of employment and other welfare package which will go a long way in improving the wellbeing of our people.

“We should not neglect our fellow members and responsibility to our school because of the little challenges that may come our way.

“With this re-union, we have shown that we truly love one another and I want to implore us all not to relent in ensuring we achieve our objectives,” Shittu said.

In their separate remarks, Mrs Bose Igbodipe, Segun Olawore, Isaac Kuranga and Francis Oludemi, all lamented the pitiable condition of GSS Bacita, while calling on members of the 94 set to intervene in the area of structures, electricity and water supply among others.

Speaking, the anchor of the event, Seun Adegoke and the newly appointed Treasurer, Adeoti Oluwagbenga, said there is the need for the 94 set to ensure the school retain its rating as one of the most preferred in Kwara State.

Igbodipe, who is the Secretary-General of the union blamed the low turn-out of members on financial constraint and tight schedule.

“We made provision for about 100 people but those we have on ground are not even up to half probably due to financial challenges. That said, I believe if you consider that this is the first time we are coming together, you will realise it’s going to be bigger next time,” she stated.

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