BY IBRAHIM KILANI
It was an aura of pageantry as Akoko Anglican Grammar School ,AKOGRAMS in Arigidi-Akoko, in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State celebrated its diamond jubilee.
The epoch making event attracted prominent personalities including the Minister of Interior and former Governor of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola who is an old student and Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
Speaking at the occasion, Aregbesola praised Ondo State Government for rehabilitating dilapidated structures at the school describing Governor Akeredolu as a committed servant of the people.
The minister as well hailed the immense intervention and contributions of the old students association with an appeal that many other old students partake in giving back to their alma mater .
He also expressed satisfaction with the level of qualitative education offered to students which he said would build them to be in the right stead to proffer solutions to many problems facing the country and asked the students to make use of the opportunity judiciously.
On his part, Governor Akeredolu commended the old students for giving the school a face-lift saying the 60th anniversary had heralded a new dawn.
He disclosed that education had been at the front burner since the inception of his administration, stressing that no fewer than 500 schools had been renovated to enhance standard of learning in the sunshine state.
He said, “this school has produced many great men, this ceremony is meant to mark a great milestone. We have renovated over 600 schools“
“We are committed in tackling infrastructural deficit as we have done much, but funding is a big problem but we will continue to do our best”, Akeredolu said.
The National President of AKOGRAMS old students association, Mr. Adewole Saba appreciated the gestures of the Minister of Interior, who he said single-handedly renovated most of the school buildings.
“One of us rose to become a minister in the country and some rose to become permanent secretaries in the federal and state governments. I thank God for all this achievements” he concluded.
The Chairman of the anniversary planning committee, Mrs. Mojisola Ajayi appealed for deployment of science teachers to the school and more assistance to complete the school’s perimeter fencing to prevent enchroachment