Old Students Call For Relinquishment Of Ibadan Grammar School, Hand Over N21m Project
December 13, 2021
Chairman of the old students of Ibadan Grammar School, Mr Bankole Ademulegun on Sunday has called on the state government to hand over management of the school to the association, as the 1967-71/73 sets of the school handed over a project worth N21 million to the school management in commemoration of their 50th graduation anniversary.
Tribune Online reports that the set handed over a renovated and fully furnished block of four classrooms to the management of the 108-year-old school.
The school, established on March 31, 1913, had produced prominent Nigerians among whom were the late Chief Bola Ige, Dr Mike Adenuga and the Ibru brothers, among others.
In his remarks, Ademulegun, the Chairman, 1967-1971/73 Set, appealed to the state government to hand over management of the school to them.
Ademulegun promised that the state government would be adequately represented and carried along in the day-to-day running of the school, if handed over.
He said that the old students planned to execute a project worth N50 million to commemorate their 50 years of graduation from the school.
Ademulegun said that about N21 million was expended on the renovated block of classrooms handed over to the school management.
“If you ask me how much was spent on this structure, it is about N17 million. It is a N50 million project.
“After the N17 million, they said we will still have to spend more, so we spent another N4.2 million, making about N21 million,” the chairman said.
He said it was not an easy task to get classmates together, adding that they were still expecting some others to join them.
“The implication is that someday, you will come here and find out your dormitories and classrooms have all fallen down.
“The motivation is, we left Ibadan Grammar School when it was the pride of the Western region. The likes of Bola Ige came out of this school and then visited the school.
“And, we had the opportunity of being under Pa Alayande, Pa Olabiyi and others. They were shining examples in the country,” he said.
Responding, Mr Johnson Oladejo, the school Principal, appreciated the old students for their contributions to the development of their alma mata, urging others to emulate them.
“This 1967/71 class set deems it fit to commemorate the 50 years of their graduation from the school.
“They thought it wise to renovate and adopt a block of classrooms for the use of current students to improve teaching and learning,” the principal said.
He thanked them for the project and their passion and, prayed that God of heaven would continue to bless them.
“We are appealing to other class sets, individuals, eminent people, other old students of Ibadan Grammar School to come to our aid in providing furniture for a more conducive learning environment.
“The government is doing its own, but it cannot solely carry out the responsibilities.
“So, we are appealing to every stakeholder to come to the aid of our students by providing every amenity that promotes good learning culture,” he said.