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GCI Alumni celebrates anniversary, presents awards to former teachers, best students


GCI Alumni celebrates anniversary, presents awards to former teachers, best students




By Adewale owoade


Government College Ibadan Old Boys Association (GCIOBA), Class of 91 Sept. Set, has presented awards to former teachers and best students of the school in celebration of its 2022 Annual Convention and Post-GCI Graduation.


The event, which was held within the school premises in Ibadan, had in attendance the old students of different Class Sets, retired teachers of the school and their family members.

In his anniversary message, Mr Tunde Akinsola, Chairman, GCIOBA Class of 91 Set, said the association had sponsored many initiatives to add value to the students, in the last one year.


“We believe in software intervention that can add value to the lives of the students in GCI.


“In the last one year, we have sponsored so many initiatives tailored towards adding value to the boys in Government College Ibadan.


“One of such is the sponsorship of essay writing competition; co-sponsorship of Jets Day Programme, in partnership with the school management; payment of 2022 WAEC/UTME fees for three best students during the 2021/2022 academic calendar.


“We believe so much in the education initiative,” Akinsola said.

In his welcome address, Mr Seyi Jegede, the Chairman, Convention Planning Committee, said so much had changed in the education sector now, compared to what the situation was in the past.


“We are aware that it has not been the same, most importantly in terms of employment of teachers; it has been lagging behind.


“I am well aware that, as old boys, we have been involved in the decision to ensure that we have more teachers in school.


“At some point, the percentage of PTA teachers is almost more overwhelming than what is provided by the government.


“We know the government cannot do it alone as education is a collective responsibility, considering the enormous responsibilities and challenges in the hands of the government.


“But it is the right of every child to be educated; so, I just wish the government could do more,” Jegede said.

An agripreneur and guest speaker at the event, Mr John Alamu, advocated agribusiness as a viable alternative to unemployment and measure to reduce the financial burden of citizens.


“The realisation that the same source of income is not enough as we all know; so, what can we do to ease the financial stress even as we remind ourselves to create alternative sources of income.


“As someone with extensive knowledge of agribusiness, I am confident that agribusiness is the answer,” Alamu said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event featured presentation of award to Dr Wale Babalakin, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and National President of GCIOBA, for his contributions to the school’s development.


Mr Femi Babalola, the Patron of GCI Class 91 Sept. Set who represented Babalakin, said the school was back on track to reach its former glory.


“Though it is not back to where we want it to be, I can assure you that, with your support and everyone, GCI will be where we want it to be in the next three years.


“We have a robust plan and presentation approval from the government; so, nothing is stopping us except us.


“Please pass the message to your junior ones and your senior ones; this is the time we need ourselves the most,” Babalola said.


Highlight of the celebration was the launch of the fifth edition of The Rock Magazine and commissioning of toilet facilities among others. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)