Government Alone Should Not Be Left To Cater For Education ~ Professor Omisore.
Influential Nigerians, groups and associations have been admonished to
lend hands of support to governments at all levels to radically transform
the country’s education sector.
This admonition was given by Professor (Chief) Emmanuel Olufemi Omisore of
the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife over the weekend while speaking at
the 2017 Reunion of the 1982 set of old boys of Lagelu Grammar School,
Professor Omisore who is also the National President of Lagelu Grammar
School Old Boys (LAGSOBA) explained further that the economic recession
being experienced by the country has made it imperative for concerned
groups and individuals to lift more than one finger in support of
education in the country.
His words “when we take care of education, we take care of the future. The
present generation of youths must be supported to acquire quality
education. Governments at all levels must get their priorities right.
Education should be given the kind of attention it requires.”
He also took time to salute members of LAGSOBA for doing a Yeoman’s job of
keeping their alma mater in top shape and for contributing to the
smoothness of the flow of education there.
“We thank God that Lagelu Old boys are excelling in all spheres and are
everywhere all over the world. I am also proud that they love their alma
mater and have been doing their very best to make it the best.
“Permit me to use this opportunity to urge them strongly to do more
especially when we are about to mark the 60th anniversary of the school.”
Professor Omisore elaborated more on the 60th anniversary which comes up
sometime in January, 2018.
“We have set up several committees that will work to ensure that the
anniversary celebration records resounding success. We are insistent that
we will use the opportunity to further transform the school and the lives
of the present students and those coming behind them.”
Earlier in his speech, the Chairman of the set, Mr Sunday Amoo enumerated
some of the contributions of the set towards the growth of the school.
According to him “we have been paying the WAEC fees of some indigent
students in the school, we produced stools for students’ use at the
laboratories among others.”
During the two-day reunion, LAGSOBA 1982 set members had the opportunity
of being lectured on how to make money via agricultural practices.
A lecture on personal health was also delivered by one of them, Dr Kayode
Afolabi who was a onetime Commissioner for Health in Oyo State. He is now
a Director at the Federal Ministry of Health in Abuja.
Before Afolabi, another 1982 set member, Pastor Taiwo Otegbeye equally
delivered a lecture on personal insurance policy choices. Otegbeye was
also a former Commissioner for Information and Culture in Oyo State.
Another high point during the reunion was the official swearing in of the
National Executives of the group led by Mr Sunday Amoo. They were sworn in
by Colonel Bola Ogunsanwo (Rtd), the Chairman, Board of Trustees of
LAGSOBA. He was earlier decorated as the ‘Role Model’ for the 1982 Set
members. The set’s board of trustee was inaugurated too.
A gala night was held afterwards with many prizes won by members during
the ‘raffle draw’ segment.
The two-day reunion was rounded off on the second day with a visit to the
school at Agugu, Ibadan.
While speaking after the event, the new Chairman for LAGSOBA ’82, Mr
Sunday Amoo thanked all who contributed to the success of the event.
Said Amoo “On behalf of LAGSOBA 82 set, I thank all who worked assiduously
to ensure the success of our two-day reunion. We thank God that we enjoyed
clement weather. We thank our national President, Professor Omisore and
both Comrade Wale Adeoye, the National Secretary and Engineer Lukman
Olateju, the National Financial Secretary who accompanied our President.
“We are also grateful to Colonel Bola Ogunsanwo, our Role Model for
graciously accepting to identify with us.
I must specially thank the Diaspora-chairman for LAGSOBA 82, Pharmacist
Sikiru Odediran for coming all the way from the US to attend. I can’t
forget our Reunion Chairman and Member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon
Tunde Braimoh who could not make this event because it falls on his
birthday and he has to attend to his constituent in Lagos.
“My appreciation goes to other members of the organizing committee
including Godwin Okorie, Kolawole Amole, Toba Fabiyi and Bola Adeyemi. May
God continue to keep us in one love.”
The two-day event took place at the exclusive Pristine Guests’ Place,
Alalubosa GRA, Ibadan between Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October