In the current global ecosystem of innovation, technology, information, and communication technology, education is both a requisite and an investment that all and sundry must embrace with the seriousness that it deserves. The age when education was acquired in crowded and stressful study space is becoming a thing of the past.
It was amidst pomp and pageantry, as the President of Ikeja High School Old Students Association (IHSOSA), Kayode Agbetoye took a firm stand in his opening speech in ensuring that its contribution to education as a top priority is fulfilled with the provision of basic infrastructure, training and capacity building for students and teachers, scholarship to promote academic excellence and future-fit student, as they commissioned a school Auditorium in Ikeja High School.
The Hall was built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the School. The founding Principal was Mrs. S.K Faloye but present at the occasion was a former Principal, Mr. M.A. Olasoji, the immediate past principal of the Senior High School, Mrs. Ibidunni Olawuyi, the current Senior High School Principal, Mrs. E.A. Obisesan, Junior School Principal, Mr. Sikiru Safiyu and other government functionaries were present on Wednesday, 7 October 2020.
The association has always insisted and reiterated the desire is to make their alma mater a centre of pride for learning and capacity building where students, teachers, and administrators will be happy to learn and work.
IHSOSA has not only uplifted the educational standard of IHS with the completion of a school auditorium but has lived up to its social responsibility for which educational cum social associations are characterized. It is also a show of good neighborliness and giving back to where they were all molded for greater heights many years ago.
They also have a strong conviction that the children, parents, and school authorities who are the ultimate beneficiaries of this project will look at IHSOSA with gratitude.
Indeed, the provision of quality education is capital intensive – those who differ that education is expensive may want to test the waters of ignorance and illiteracy. A 2012 UNICEF study conducted in Nigeria on the problem of Out of School Children (OOSC) revealed that 10.1m children who were supposed to be in school receiving basic education were out there wasting away.
Ikeja High School which is domiciled in Lagos State – the commercial nerve Centre of our dear Nation Nigeria has a gasping need for infrastructural renewal in virtually every sector of its economy.
Education is a vital component and wheel of development, critical to the attainment of wealth creation and sustainable economic growth. The president of the association IHSOSA also used the epic occasion to wish our country Nigeria their heartfelt wishes on its 60 Diamond Jubilee celebrations of its existence and their pride to be a part of our glorious nation.
It is the belief in IHSOSA that Nation-building cannot be left to the government alone, as they enjoined other Old Student Associations and other relevant stakeholders to support and make significant contributions towards educational advancement in our country.