BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye, have commended the Old Students Association of Methodist High School, Ilesa, for giving back to its alma mater through the donation of over N200 million worth of projects.
Governor Oyetola, while speaking at the 65th anniversary of founding of the school, urged other alumni associations of other secondary schools in the state to emulate Methodist’s old students and give back to their schools.
The governor urged residents of the state who have passed through one school or the other to imbibe the tradition of giving back to their alma mater stressing that government alone cannot fund education.
While addressing the old students, Oyetola said, “I commend your sense of unity and commitment to the ideal of enduring partnership with your alma mater. This is worthy of emulation by other old students’ associations in our various schools in the state that have yet to start off on this note.
“I implore you to sustain the tradition of giving back to the school. I would also urge you to steer the students in that direction so that your objective of sustainably developing your school will be sustained.
“As you all know, government alone cannot fund education. We (government) are therefore inviting alumni associations, corporate organisations, patriotic and well-meaning individuals, and groups, who share our vision of providing excellent and functional education for our youths to collaborate with us so that, together, we set the school on the lane of sustainable development,” he appealed.
Also speaking, the Speaker, Owoeye, lauded the historic contributions of the school alumni, especially, their often support towards complementing the efforts of the state government adding that “The birth of Methodist High School Ilesa has immensely and seamlessly opened doors of opportunities and developments in Ijesaland.”
The President of the association, Dideolu Falobi said the old students had expended over N200 million on several projects including refurbishment of school halls, classrooms; construction of basketball and volleyball courts, refurbishment of school laboratory, provision of school uniform and construction of astronomical centre among others.