From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Old Boys of Association of Okene Secondary school, Okene in Kogi state has solicited government support at all levels in rebuilding their old school.
The need for government and spirited individuals to assist in making financial contribution towards the upliftment of educational institutions across the county has been the topical issue on the 70th anniversary celebration of the institution .
The Okene Seccondary School Okene in kogi was founded in 1948 by the Northern Nigeria government to provide qualitative education for the students cut across all parts of Northern Nigeria.
Speaking with Our Correspondent in Lokoja on the annual convention of the alumni association, Air Commodore Musbau Adekunle Soladoye (Rtd), a 1981 set of the school said that the need to form an alumni association has become imperative to harness vast experiences of the Old Students for the resuscitation of the lost glory of the school.
The retired Airforce officer noted that the Okene Secondary school was an institution that they were then proud of saying that it was the foundation of the progress in their lives that many of them have achieved.
He added that they were of the conviction that when the Old boys come to be, it will be a platform for them to rub minds on how to articulate ways to resuscitate the school stressing that it was regrettable to see the school that has made them in a state of squalor.
Soladoye also observed that the reasons for some of them to champion the resuscitation of the Old Boys Association was to create a platform for interaction among the ex students adding that their focus is to bring back the lost old glory.
According to him ” Okene Secondary School (OSS) was an institution that we were all proud of which has produced eminent Nigerians . It is a recognition of the very fact that the OSS is the foundation of the progress of all of us that has led us to decide to come together to form Okene Old Boys Association.
” We are of the conviction that if OSS Old Boys Association come to be, it will be a platform for the alumni to contribute their quota toward rehabilitating the School that has made all of us.
” I wish to recall when we were young children in the school, we used to say that Okene Secondary School shall be second to none , however , the truth of the matter is that, that phrase cannot hold now, because, a lot of infrastructural decay has set in; Library, classrooms ; Administrative blocks , hostels are all in bad shape.
” It is our attempt to assist the school back to its glorious days that we have come together under the auspices of Old Boys Association.
” I do know that OSS is a government funded school, that is badly crying for government attention . We are also appealing to well meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the school so that this school would be brought back to her glory that it was known.
While commending those who contributed their time and resources for the success of the anniversary , he urged the Kogi state governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello to come to the aid of the school to give it a facelift.