In the current global ecosystem of innovation, technology, information and communication technology, education is both a requisite and an investment which all and sundry must embrace with the seriousness that it deserves. The age when education was acquired in crowded and stressful study space is becoming a thing of the past.
It was amidst pomp and pageantry, as the President of Ikeja High School Old Students Association (IHSOSA), Kayode Agbetoye took a firm stand in his opening speech in ensuring that its contribution to education as a top priority is fulfilled with the provision of basic infrastructure, training and capacity building for students and teachers, scholarship to promote academic excellence and future-fit student, as they commissioned a school Auditorium in Ikeja High School graced by the founding principal of the secondary school, Mr. M.A. Olasoji, former principal, Mrs. Ibidunni Olawuyi, the current principal, Mrs. Obisesan and other government functionaries were present on Wednesday, 7 October 2020.
The association have always insisted and reiterated the desire is to make their alma mater a centre of pride for learning and capacity building where students, teachers and administrators will be happy to learn and work.
IHSOSA has not only uplifted the educational standard of IHS with the completion of a school auditorium, but has lived up to its social responsibility for which educational cum social associations are characterized. It is also a show of good neighborliness and giving back to where they were all molded for greater heights many years ago.
They also have the strong conviction that the children, parents and school authorities who are the ultimate beneficiaries of this project will look at IHOSA with gratitude.
Indeed, the provision of quality education is capital intensive – those who differ that education is expensive may want to test the waters of ignorance and illiteracy. A 2012 UNICEF study conducted in Nigeria on the problem of Out of School Children (OOSC) revealed that 10.1m children who were supposed to be in school receiving basic education were out there wasting away.
Ikeja High School which is domiciled in Lagos State – the commercial nerve Centre of our dear Nation Nigeria has a gasping need for infrastructural renewal in virtually every sector of its economy.
Education is a vital component and wheel of development, critical to the attainment of wealth creation and sustainable economic growth. The president of the association IHSOSA also used the epic occasion to wish our country Nigeria their heartfelt wishes on its 60 Diamond Jubilee celebrations of its existence and their pride to be a part of our glorious nation.
It is the belief in IHSOSA that Nation building cannot be left to government alone, as they enjoined other Old Student Associations and other relevant stakeholders to support and make significant contributions towards educational advancement in our country.