• Says giving back to alma maters will inspire young ones
• Lauds Loyola College Old Boys Association 1968/1972 set for donating hall
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has urged old students associations to support government’s efforts in raising standards of education by giving back to their alma maters.
He said that the education sector must not be left in the hands of the government alone, adding that by providing assistance to their former schools, the standards would be lifted.
Makinde, who made the appeal, at the weekend, during the commissioning/hand-over ceremony of Oluwarotimi Akeredolu Hall built by the 1968/1972 set of Loyola College Old Boys Association, said that his administration would be willing to consider a proposal for a return of the school to its original owners if it receives one.
The association has remodeled the frontal fence of the college as part of activities to mark its 50 years of graduation.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted Makinde as saying that the motive behind his readiness to discuss the proof of consent, which could see the school handed over to its original owners or the old students association was premised on the need to ensure continuous development of the school.
He said that his administration rested on four cardinal pillars, one of which he said is education.
The governor, who appreciated the 1968/1972 set of the school for the construction of the hall and remodeling of the frontal fence of the college, said such a gesture would go a long way in the development of the education sector in the state.
MEANWHILE, Akeredolu said that the association would be ready to engage the state government over the handover of the school to the old students association.
He said: “I can assure you that we, the old students of Loyola, were ready yesterday. So, tomorrow is even too late. “We are prepared to engage them immediately.”
“I said today is my happiest day because this is my alma mater, the school that molded me. When all of us sat together to build this hall, in their own wisdom, they chose to support me. I thank them because they have done so well for me. That is why I am happy.”