Following recent incidents of abductions in secondary schools across the country, stakeholders in the education sector have charged the Ogun State government to provide improved security at state-owned schools.
The stakeholders spoke under the aegis of Abeokuta Grammar School Old Boys Association (AGSOBA) during their Annual General Meeting and 109th Founder’s Day celebration in Abeokuta, the state capital recently.
The event was also used to elect principal officers for the association.
While speaking after his election and other central executive members of the association in Abeokuta, the new President-General of AGSOBA, Hon. Lanre Laoshe, warned that the non-reconstruction of the school’s fence and those of others schools affected by government’s road expansion works posed a great security threat to the students, teachers and others in the school system.
He appealed to the alumni associations of secondary schools in the state to rise towards contributing to their alma mater as government alone cannot fund qualitative education in Nigeria.
Other newly elected AGSOBA executives were,1st Vice President, Hon. Tajudeen Egunjobi, 2nd Vice President, Barr. Tola Opaleye, Treasurer, Oladimeji Ajayi, Secretary-General, Ayotunde Okunowo, Asst. Secretary, Abideen Ibidunni, Financial Secretary, Moneye Soneye and Asst. Financial secretary, Daisi Ogunsola.
Others included National Publicity Sec, Wole Sogbammu, National Auditor, Femi Omotilewa and Ex Officios , Chief Olatunbosun Lampejo, Kayode Ekundayo , Seyi Fasheun, Adenike Bagbaaji, Oludare Olateju, Taoreed Ramon.
Laoshe assured that his administration would complete the school’s fence before their next General meeting.
He urged his members to support his tenure in order for them to develop a master plan that would take their alma mata to an enviable position.
Laoshe disclosed that he would discharge his duty with commitment and sincerity, insisting that he would deliver on all his promises.
The outgone President-General, Olatubosun Lampejo said the fencing of the front of the school required urgent attention for the security of the present students and those to come.
He disclosed that the on-going encroachment on the school’s land by people with connections must be checkmated.
Lampejo stated that they had complained to the government, noting that “I cannot overemphasise that if no action is urgently taken, our members will be discouraged from carrying on further development of our school “.
He said the school is the first Unity school in Nigeria, saying “Ethnicity, tribe, religion and political leaning have no place in our makeup”.
He added: “We must remain apolitical in the interest of our school and association and support any government in power. Government comes and go but our school and association remain forever. We do not need spoilers”.