As part of efforts to give a face lift to their alma mater, old students of Akoko Anglican Grammar School, Arigidi-Akoko (AKOGRAMS), have promised to give a new lease of life to their alma mater through the launching of N250million appeal fund and the execution of projects.
They made the pledge during a press conference in Akure, as part of activities to mark the school’s 60th anniversary.
The National President of the Association, Adewole Saba, said the association recognizes government’s stride in the school, while it chooses to collaborate with government and had started to lay a very solid foundation for the development of the school.
Speaking on the diamond jubilee celebration, Ajewole said: “It will run for a whole week commencing from Monday, 31st January 2022 and shall be crowned with the launching of an appeal fund for the development of the School, and launching of the book chronicling the history of the School from inception, to be rounded off with an Alumni Dinner on Saturday, 5” February 2022. The entire programme will come to a close on Sunday, 6” February 2022 with a thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Arigidi Akoko.
“The old students, in realization of the need to give back to their alma mater, have always been forthcoming and ready to take up the challenge of rescuing the school from the neglect that characterizes Nigeria’s public schools.
“We are not saying government has neglected the school but intend to provide necessary assistance and ensure that we lend a helping hand to our alma mater and make it a better sight to behold”.
He highlighted some of the contributions of the old students to ‘the development of the School in the recent past to include: “Total rehabilitation of all the school buildings; dualisation and lighting of the approach road; donation of a new Toyota Hiace (Hummer) Bus; donation of a fully equipped computer centre with V-Sat enabled internet facility; provision of borehole and water supply system; perimeter wall fence for the school; and publication of a book chronicling the fifty years of the school’s existence.
“In the months leading to this year’s 60th anniversary, the association has undertaken the following intervention projects to reposition our school for the challenges of 21” century: Total renovation of the school buildings; renovation and provision of ultra-modern furniture and books for the library; rehabilitation and provision of apparatuses and reagents for the laboratories; construction of a new entrance gate, gate house and re-construction of the front perimeter wall fence.
“Others include, construction of a six-bay toilet (WC) facility for students and staff; scholarship programme to indigent students and prizes for academic excellence; recognition and awards to selected old students, staff and members of the public for their service to the school and humanity including the governor of Ondo State, the Hon. Minister of the Interior, who incidentally, is an old student of the school and the pioneer principal posthumously; among others”.