EIFDW: S’West Exco For Old Students Association



By Olu AJAYI (Abeokuta)

NIGERIA: THE Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria (EIFDW) has inaugurated members of the executive committees of the Conference Old Students/ Alumni Associations across the South West States.

While performing the inauguration at the former Red Cross Building, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, the Chairman Board of Trustees of EIFDW, Mr. Michael Oyawale, pointed out that the decadence in the educational sector especially at the primary school level which has made them to be unattractive and uncomfortable for the students necessitated the creation of the Alma Mater endowments to salvage the situation.

*The new executives of the association.

The Chairman added that though various governments had continued to pursue free education policies, but inadequate funding has collapsed the initiative due to the economic downturn ravaging the country at large.

“The years of unbroken under-funding and half-hearted interventions have left the school system in comprehensive decay and restoration will therefore have to be just as comprehensive,” Oyawale lamented.

“We need massive sustained injection of funds at professionally defined objectives in a comprehensive master-plan that transcends the silo of individual school boundaries to the apex of regional cooperation and bonding,” he stated.

Oyawale explained that the maiden assembly of the alumni associations earlier held had opened up the challenges identified in schools and various tasks were assigned to the teams raised to tackle.

While charging the newly inaugurated executive members, the Ogun State Head of Service and a managing partner of EIFDW, Mr. Abayomi Sobande, admonished them to keep the fire burning.

He noted that government cannot solve all the challenges alone, hence the need to put in place task teams comprising of the Conference of Old Students and Alumni Associations that would work in tandem with the ideals and objectives of the campaign for Alma Mater endowments to achieve a better platform to secure schools of the future.

Sobande also called on stakeholders in the educational sector, market women, carpenters, artisans to rise up and return to their schools by doing something no matter how small in order to improve the falling standards of education in the country.

Some of the members of the alumni associations of inaugurated are Regional Executives: Prof. (Mrs.) Yemisi Obilade (Capacity Development), Chief (Mrs.) Falilat Ogunkoya-Omotayo (Sports Development), Chief Sunday Oduntan (Diaspora Affairs), Mrs. Hafsat Abiola-Costello (International Partnership and Gender Issues).

The Regional Patron of the executive is Prof. Biyi Afonja, while the State Executive Committee members are Prof. Delana Adelekan (Chairman), Mr. Joseph Onabanjo (Science and Technology) and Chief Kasimawo Laloko (Sports Development).

The Ogun Central executives are Chief Funsho Ogun (Chairman), Engr. Kayode Adeniji (Infrastructure), Alhaji Kunle Adegbite (Secretary), Mrs. Olusola Apampa (Mobilisation and Gender Issues.)

Responding on behalf of the new executives, Prof. Afonja, who was represented by Mr. Lateef Owodeyi, appreciated EIFDW for the opportunity given to serve in rescuing the school system from collapse.

He assured that the various task teams would ensure that all hands are on deck to restore world class standards in the educational sector.

Speaking in the same vein, the Chairman of Ogun State Executive Committee, Prof. Adelekan promised that the objectives of the initiative would be given utmost attention, adding that advocacy visits to stakeholders would be initiated as well as liaising with others in diaspora to achieve the desired goals.

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