Old Student Association, SOSO Class 97 Holds 2021 AGM/Reunion Party, Commend Makinde For Completing Hostel Project

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By Henry Odeh

 

 

 

Old Student Association, SOSO Class 97 Holds 2021 AGM/Reunion Party, Commend Makinde For Completing Hostel Project

 

 

 

The pioneer students of School of Science, Oyo (SOSO) Class 97 on Saturday held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) and reunion party by expressing gratitude to God over what they described as God’s protection and safety amidst the ravaging novel COVID-19 pandemic that has continued to claim more lives across the globe.

The SOSO Class 97 is an old student association which now boast of different professionals and experts including medical doctors, academic lecturers, senior civil servants, engineers, successful businessmen and women are the first set of students to graduate from the secondary school in 1997 after it was established.

Speaking with newsmen at the event which held in Ibadan on December 11 (yesterday), the president of SOSO Class 97 Mr Ojeniyi Afeez said it became imperative for the association to come together after what he described as a long year embedded with mixed feelings of positive and negative events due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The eloquent president of the old student association who recounted his experience back in secondary school days with his other association members added that the reunion and annual general meeting provides an avenue for members to make general assessments on how member are faring in their private lives and ways to give back to the school that made them who they are as well as the society at large.

“We are here to actually do our normal annual general meeting and reunion to bring back our friends and old memories especially after the outbreak of the dreaded coronavirus. It is an avenue to come together to talk about where we started from as friends back in the days in school and what we’ve been doing over time for ourselves as old students of that school and for the school itself.

“We also at this meeting look at what we have achieved so far and plan on what we want to do for the school in the coming year and also what we plan to do for ourselves as an association so that we can continue to grow as individuals, as an association, and also for the school to be great.

Speaking on what the association is doing to improve on the current infrastructures of SOSO, Ojeniyi said the association had visited the school and realized the need to help the institution retain it’s old glory as it continues to graduate more students annually. He added that the association embarked on construction of a school hostel for boarders which got to the lintel level but could not be completed for certain reasons.

Speaking further, Ojeniyi explained that Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, out of magnanimity stepped in and completed the construction of hostel project. He expressed the joy of the association and commended the Governor for  recognizing the association after completion noting that it was a laudable gesture which some other Governors may want to take all the glory.

“We visited the school and realized that the school was in need of few facilities to make it continue to retain its old glory so, we came together and decided to build a hostel for the school. So, we started building the hostel, got to the lintel level and paused it for certain reasons and the Governor of Oyo state came in and saw what we have done, and his magnanimity helped us to complete the project and still recognized us as part of those that made that project possible.

“It was not enough to just come in and complete it, for the Governor to even recognize that yes! some people started the project was very massive recognition for us and we are grateful to him for that and we actually want to say a very thank you to Governor Seyi Makinde. We can only hope that the Governor will be able to do more for us as time goes on.” Ojeniyi stated.

Speaking on the state of education in the state, Ojeniyi described how previous administrations managed the sector as ‘negligent’ noting that Governor Makinde’s success in the education sector is evidently visible enough for all to see as recent results and ratings have proved.

He also commended the free education policy of Governor Makinde stressing that it was also a policy members of the association also enjoyed during their days in secondary school during the administration of former governor Kolapo Ishola noting that such policy if sustained will make quality education accessible to all and also reduce the number of out of school children in the state to it’s barest minimum.

Ojeniyi advised Nigerian youths to shun all forms of societal vices that are capable of plunging the nation into deeper crisis in terms of managing crime and criminality emanating from activities of youths in the country. He stressed that there is no other country to call home than Nigeria and for the nation to grow the youths must look beyond the present challenges bedevilling the country.

Speaking earlier during a capacity building and interactive session, Mr Femi Adeniyji, who spoke on the topic tagged “A Parental Responsibility” charged members to endeavour to continue to improve on their human development stressing that no knowledge is a waste in the present world where the environment and things continue to evolve astronomically.

He opined that the society is a reflection of the home urging parents to pay rapt attention to the wellbeing of their children apart from their material needs. He cited the recent situation where a student in Lagos state was allegedly murdered on account of bullying noting that if parents pay closer attention to their children and make themselves available at all times unfortunate events would be prevented from occuring.

Another member of the association, Dr Gboyega Afolabi, a medical doctor, who spoke on stress management, emphasized the need to live and enjoy life moderately as recent reports have indicated that the human life span is reducing as a result of human induced and non human induced factors such as lifestyle and behavioral patterns as well as natural occurrence such as covid-19 pandemic.

He noted that many people now live in different levels of depression, frustration and anger as a result of poor household finances, national economy, actualization of personal aspirations and others. He urged people to shun living fake life being displayed on social media noting that such act has mounted unnecessary pressure on individuals leading them to their early graves.

Members of SOSO Class 97 present at the reunion party include
Adeosun Musiliu, Olugbodi Oyelowo,
Adeniji Femi, Salako Lamidi, Afolabi Gboyega, Oke Oluseyi, Kolade Sefiu,
Olabode Bayo, Amadi Peter, Oyebamiji Shina, Ewekeye Tolulope, Arowolo Saheed, Siyanbola Saheed.

Others are Egunjobi Akintunde, Adebayo Olufemi, Lawal Abisola, Akinwande Olalekan, Olorunosebi Abdulahi,
Odekanyin Roseline, Lawoore Funto,
Okunlola Oluremi, Salawudeen Rofiyat, and Sanda Serifat.

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