The head of Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, Osun State University, Professor Bolaji Omitola, has charged members of old students associations to endeavor to make positive impact on their alma mata, arguing that no such gathering is worth the name without meaningful contributions.
Omitola, who was the guest lecturer at the annual general meeting and re-union of the Alumni of Urban Day Grammar School, Elekuro, Ibadan (1985 Set) on Saturday, posited that the essence of forming old students associations goes beyond holding meetings and merry making, but essentially for members to see to the development of the schools that produced them as well as help colleagues to be their best in life.
The event, held at Jogor Centre, Ring Road, Ibadan, was hosted by the former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Oyo State, Ojo Adebayo, who is also the incumbent chairman of the association.
Not minding the fact that the school had been converted to a Technical School, Adebayo said the association still influenced the government to procure some sets of computers for its use last year, adding that moves are on to make the government revert it to its original status.
While delivering his lecture, Omitola urged his old students colleagues to always commit themselves to assisting each other in their chosen trades to empower one another to effectively contribute to the development of the school and mankind.
“I am very delighted and happy to be here with you, and I also wish to use this medium to advise you my colleagues to use this our annual gathering to affect ourselves and our Alma Mata positively. This will go a long way to help our association, as well as members to be receiving a lot of blessings if we can donate any useful materials to our Alma Mata”.
“I want us all to let us have the orientation of affecting ourselves positively in mind, and we can do that by patronising each other’s business. This, I believe will go a long way in helping ourselves. We should nevertheless be grateful to God Almighty for keeping us this far, because many have died and we are still alive, it is by His grace and not by our might”, he said.
Adebayo had, in his remarks, praised God for sparing the lives of members and helped them tremendously in their careers since 32 years they had left the school.
He thanked members for their efforts in making the year’s event a huge success.