Old students seek return of school to owners

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The old students of Oyemekun Grammar School, Akure, Ondo State, have disclosed that the stakeholders are in the process of taking over the school from the state government.

The old students under the auspices of the Oyemekun Grammar School Old Students Association said the motive behind the clamour for taking the school back from the government was for proper management.

The National Vice President of the Association, Olusegun Ogunjobi, stated this while speaking with journalists on the activities of the 70th Anniversary of the school.

According to him, the school was founded on January 23, 1953, and has achieved tremendous infrastructural projects through the association and old students of the school.

He stressed that the concern of the association were how the school would be well managed.

He said, “I’m very happy to tell you that we have been having stakeholders meeting and the stakeholders are; the Anglican Communion, the community, the Oyemekun Grammar School Old Students Association, and the PTA and we have said it in the last meeting we held that we would have a common position which we will present to the state government.

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“What concerns us most is how the school can continue well managed, we are not talking about the owner now because the government cannot do everything and that is why they are looking at how they can give some schools back to the original owner and what we the alumni had been doing is to bridge the gap of infrastructural deficit that the government could not do.”

It was gathered that the Akure community had rejected the alleged position of the government to return the school to the Anglican Church but Ogunjobi said, “And if they (government) now in their wisdom give the school back to us, the stakeholders will be glad to take back the school.

“There is a lot of development we have recorded in the school, the school was taken over by the government sometime in 1976, and now the government is still looking at the possibility of handing over the school back to the stakeholders and we are in the process of taking over the school from the government.”

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