By Fatima Mohammed-Lawal
Mrs Margaret Ojo, the President of Bishop Smith Memorial College (BSMC), 1980 set, on Wednesday urged Nigerians to reach out to their alma maters so as to complement government efforts on education.
Ojo made the appeal on the sidelines of presentation of gifts to the college on Wednesdayin Ilorin.
She observed that the society should not place too much burden on the government, but try also to help by coming together and make necessary provision for their former schools.
She said: “Government cannot do everything. If we are able to complement what government is doing, it will go a long way to help our children in schools right now.
“That is why we decided to bring something useful that will benefit the school. It is important that we reach out to the alma mater that has impacted on our lives right from our youth”.
She disclosed that some of them have now become Engineers, Doctors and Lawyers, among other professions.
According to her, the association was inaugurated in 2015 with the vision of bringing former old students together to contribute towards the development of BSMC.
She explained that the association had earlier planned to celebrate their 40th anniversary of leaving school, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Endsars and insecurity across the country, it had to be shifted to 2021.
“The presentation is a token gift of photocopier machine as a way of thanking God for keeping us alive and endowing us with the ability to give back to our Alma mater that impacted us with so much knowledge, discipline and solid foundation,” she said.
Mrs Abimbola Oyebanji, the Principal of BSMC, said that society should not forget the schools that produced them and gave them so much.
She observed that the primary and secondary schools were the beginning of education and academic career for anyone, adding that whatever you become, this beginning must never be forgotten because of its impact on the lives of people.
“We know the hard economic situation of the world and Nigeria is no exemption.
“Most of those who graduated are in various positions of authority, it will do well if they can now remember their alma mater with various gifts that will impact the schools,” she said.
Oyebanji commended the BSMC 1980 set for the intervention, pledging that the school will make judicious use of it.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that highlight of the event include presentation of the photocopy machine, cultural dance by the school students and prayer session for departed members of the BSMC 1980 set as well as the living. (NAN)