By Fatima Mohammed-Lawal
Old Students Associations in the country have been charged to intensify efforts at infrastural development of their various schools to make teaching and learning more conducive for upcoming generations.
Alhaji Umar Bolaji-Yahaya, a former Principal of llorin Grammer School (lGS), gave the charge on Sunday at the Re-Union of the Old Students Association of Government Secondary School, Ballah.
According to him, there is no government no matter how benevolent that can single handedly solve all challenges in the education sector.
He charged the old students association’s of various institution of learning to always come to the side of their schools on repair of dilapidated infrastructure in their various schools.
The former principal, who was also the teacher of first batch of the students of the GSS Ballah between 1979 and 1984, commended the effort of the association for what he described as remarkable infrastural development initiated by the body.
He advised them not to relent for more development to be attained at the institution.
In his short sermon, a cleric, Alhaji Hambali Al-lmam, advised students in various institutions of learning to always allow unity and love be their watchword.
This, he said, was the only way they could assist one another in the future.
The District Head of Ballah, Alhaji Abubakar Olarongbe, praised the foresight of the association for their contributions to the school and his community.
On his part, the Bale of Ballah, Alhaji Baba Bale, thanked the old students for putting smiles on the face of the residents of the community through philanthropic gestures.
The Bale assured that the community would soon grant the request of the association for a parcel of land in Ballah for the construction of its secretariat.
Earlier, the National President of the Old Students Association, GSS, Ballah, Alhaji Gazalu Adeniyi-Akolu, said the association had provided motorised borehole, solar water and other infrastructure at both the school and host community.
He said the construction of 12 blocks of classrooms is in progress at the school to solve its accommodation problem.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the re-union of all sets of the school was attended by ex-students of the school at home and in Diaspora.
GSS Ballah was established in 1979 by the llorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (lEDPU) and was later taken over by the Kwara Government.