Ig­bobi old stu­dents give back to alma mater at re­union

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - EDUCATION - By Han­nah Oripinye

IT was a sweet re­union and celebration of achieve­ment for Ig­bobi Col­lege Old Boys’ As­so­ci­a­tion (ICOBA), Class of 97, as they con­verged on the Rev. An­gus me­mo­rial hall of the col­lege in com­mem­o­ra­tion of their 20th an­niver­sary. It also provided an av­enue to cel­e­brate their teach­ers as ex­cep­tional and out­stand­ing ones were pre­sented awards for pos­i­tively in­flu­enc­ing and in­still­ing dis­ci­pline in them.

Ac­cord­ing to the chair­man ICOBA 97 set, Olawale Abi­ola, they are cel­e­brat­ing 20 years of suc­cess, achieve­ments out­side the col­lege and the pos­i­tive im­pact of men­tors in their lives.

The old stu­dents, who also used the oc­ca­sion to for­mally un­veil a new school gate for the col­lege, said they thought it nec­es­sary not only to cel­e­brate but also en­sure that the well be­ing of the stu­dents, teach­ers and the school fa­cil­i­ties is of ut­most pri­or­ity.

Abi­ola, who also spoke on plans to con­trib­ute more to the de­vel­op­ment of the school, added that the body have taken it upon it­self to make the school a point of ref­er­ence in terms of de­vel- op­ment and beau­ti­ful learn­ing en vi­ron­ment.

He said, “As part of key ef­forts at im­prov­ing the op­er­a­tions of the Ig­bobi col­lege old bo ys’ as­so­ci­a­tion, the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil has ap­proved the es­tab­lish­ment of an ICOBA part­ner­ship ini­tia­tive. The ini­tia­tive is aimed at en­cour­ag­ing in­di­vid­u­als, groups, cor­po­rate bod­ies, sets and branches to con­trib­ute, to the de­vel­op­ment and con­tin­u­ous growth of the as­so­ci­a­tion and our alma mater .

“It is also a timely re­sponse to many who ha ve sought an op­por­tu­nity such as this. The ICOBA part­ner­ship ini­tia­tive will be a multi-level an­nual com­mit­ment of a cho­sen amount made by mem­bers with cor­re­spond­ing ben­e­fits. The fund raised will be ju­di­ciously used to run a more vir­ile sec­re­tariat and com­plete se­lected col­lege projects ini­ti­ated by the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil in close con­sul­ta­tion with set and branch rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The pres­i­dent of ICOBA, Fo­lusho Phillip lauded the 97 set on the do­na­tion of a new gate say­ing the im­pact of old stu­dents in the de­vel­op­ment of the col­lege can­not be overem­pha­sised.

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