President Goodluck Jonathan
By Yinka Kolawole
Thirty-one years after he observed his one-year mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme at the school, President Goodluck Jonathan was at the weekend honoured by the old boys of Ebekun Secondary Commercial Grammar School, Iresi, Osun State.
Speaking at the occasion, Jonathan reiterated the commitment of his administration to institutionalise the framework that would ensure the availability of qualitative education in different levels in the country.
The president also called for more involvement of old students in the provision of amenities to make teaching and learning conducive in schools.
The president in a letter he personally signed, which was read by the chairman of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Dr. Jide Adeniji, praised the courage of the old students of the school for remembering their alma mater and collaborating with government to improve amenities available for teaching and learning.
Jonathan noted that he used to remember with nostalgia the period he worked with the school, stating that Iresi will always be his second home after Otu Oke and thanked the host community of the school for their hospitality towards him during his service year.
He enjoined the students to be committed to their studies and properly leverage on the sincerity of purpose of his administration to improve the standard of education in the country, being a key component in his transformation agenda.
However in his address, the National President of Ebekun Secondary Commercial Grammar School Old Students Association, Alhaji Ibrahim Moronfolu, said since 1997 when nine old students of the school came together to form the association, its membership had continued to grow.
While enumerating some of the achievements of the old students association of the school, Moronfolu said leaking roofs of two classrooms were repaired and books worth N100, 000 covering core subjects were donated to the school.
He stressed that a computer set with printer and generating set were also donated for the use of students by the association.
According to him, the responsibility of repositioning the school has gone beyond what old students alone could cope with, making it pertinent to get other stakeholders and friends of the school involved in the task.