Ig­banke Gram­mar School Old Stu­dents De­cry Rot in Alma-mater, Seek Obaseki’s Help

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Ig­banke Gram­mar School Old Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (IGSOSA), has urged the Edo State Gov­ern­ment to de­clare a state of emer­gency on the school and help re­build it.

The Chair­man, Steer­ing Com­mit­tee of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Mr. Jacob Erha­bor, in a state­ment, said the call be­came im­per­a­tive to al­low the God­win Obaseki ad­min­is­tra­tion take nec­es­sary steps to rem­edy the ne­glect that the school has been sub­jected to by suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments in the state for decades.

Erha­bor, who ex­pressed con­fi­dence in the ca­pac­ity of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion in Edo State to rein­vent the school, also charged the old stu­dents of the school to be pre­pared to con­trib­ute their quota to aug­ment gov­ern­ment’s an­tic­i­pated in­ter­ven­tion.

He said: “We the old stu­dents must of ne­ces­sity step out of our com­fort zones and en­gage the or­gans of gov­ern­ment cre­atively and strate­gi­cally with a view to turn­ing things around and make the school be­come rel­e­vant in the scheme of things once again.

“Al­ready, a high-pow­ered del­e­ga­tion con­sist­ing of heads of some sub-com­mit­tees of the as­so­ci­a­tion have paid a visit to the school to have an on-the-spot as­sess­ment of the sit­u­a­tion on ground with a view to get­ting the mem­bers up to speed with the re­al­i­ties and the daunt­ing task of restor­ing a school which be­tween the late 1960s and 1990s was clearly the most sought-af­ter gram­mar school in what is now known as Edo State.”

gbanke Gram­mar School, Ig­banke which was opened in 1968, grad­u­ated its first set in 1972, and mem­bers re­call how it was one of the best equipped schools in the old Mid­west and de­funct Ben­del State which made Nige­ria’s premier univer­sity, Univer­sity of Ibadan, to es­tab­lish an “ex­per­i­men­tal re­search sta­tion” of its Physics Depart­ment in the school.

“How come now that it is not any bet­ter than a glo­ri­fied pri­mary school?,” mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion keep ask­ing on their var­i­ous so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

An­other mem­ber of the as­so­ci­a­tion who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, said as a very re­spon­si­ble and law-abid­ing com­mu­nity of the state, “we the alumni of Ig­banke Gram­mar School, Ig­banke un­der the um­brella of IGSOSA are call­ing on the state gov­ern­ment to give us the much needed sense of be­long­ing by re­vamp­ing this School to an ac­cept­able stan­dard with­out much ado”.

Ig­banke Gram­mar School

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