The Old Students Association of Ada Secondary Commercial Grammar School (ASECOGRAMS) in Osun State have called for more collaborative effort of its members with the state government to improve standard of the school.
Speaking during the 50th anniversary of reunion of old students and staff of the school in Ada, Osun, the National President of the association, Mr. James Oguntade, said the present day reality is that government alone could not fund the education.
He, therefore, said it was incumbent on the Alma Matta of various institutions to support education in order to raise the standard to an enviable heights for purpose of academic excellence.
Oguntade said: “Ada Commercial Grammar School was established in January 1969 near Eleesu stream and it has produced great men and women who have contributed meaningfully to the growth of Osun State and Nigeria. Among us we have professors, engineers, politicians, medical doctors, journalists and a host of other professionals.
“The association has embarked on various projects on set and collective bases in the school. We have given back to the school and the Ada community, where we spent our early educational lives.
“Series of scholarship awards are always put in place from time to time by the old students to support and encourage our young ones. So for standard if education not to fall, we have resolved as old students to always identify with this great school from where we have cut our teeths in education.”
The National President praised the first principal of the school, late Rev’d. John Ojo, whom he described as an examplary leader that ensured that “students received sound discipline and knowledge under his guidance.”
He also praised the efforts of the ASECOGRAMS members in making the 50th anniversary a reality despite all the sacrifice and challenges encountered during its preparations.
The Guest Lecturer from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Dr. Adebare Atoyebi, admonished the old students not to forget their slma matta and must also learn how to give back to the society.
Atoyebi, who spoke on the topic, “Complementary Roles of Youths and Elders in the Development of the Community, noted that changes in the attitude of the society would help in bringing the expected growth and development.
He called on youths and the old folks to continue to promote the Nigerian culture and traditions by not getting carried away with the foreign influences.
The chairman of the occasion, Engr. Tunde Ponle, appluaded the organisers of the event and called for more publicity in order to get the message across to the young ones.
Noting remarkable projects of the association, he said that such lagacies must be sustained to make the younger generation emulate.
The highlights of the event include recorgnition to16 ASECOGRAMS members, who have contributed to the growth of the school and Osun State.
The awardees include, late Rev’d. John Ojo, late Jire Adeleke , Chief Omotayo Olaleye, Mrs. Theophilus Ojetayo, Chief Julius Olarinde, Pa Jacob Alabi.
Others are Mrs. Abigail Akinyemi, Oversear Jonathan Olaifa, Chief Oyetade Adepoju, Deaconess Modupeola Odetunde, Mr. Boladuro Tayo among others.
The Principal of Ada Commercial Grammar School, Dr. Timothy Ajayi, appreciated the ASECOGRAMS members for their love and support to their alma mattal.
“The great contributions of a number of stalwarts both past and present with their untiring effort and infallible diligence has made the institution what it is today,” he said.