86/87/88 Set Reunion: I Assure You of Accountability – Otunba Alabi Charles By Goke Williams Otunba Alabi Alaba Olabamidele Charles, the newly
86/87/88 Set Reunion: I Assure You of Accountability – Otunba Alabi Charles
By Goke Williams
Otunba Alabi Alaba Olabamidele Charles, the newly elected President of Oyemekun Grammar School Akure Old Students’ Association 1986/87/88 Set, said the new administration would be accountable and do all within its possible best to mobilise and incorporate docile members of the set. He made this assertion while speaking at the annual reunion of the set which took place at the Bliss World Hotel, Ijapo, Akure, the Ondo State capital, over the weekend. “I will not let you down, every naira dropped will be judiciously spent and I will bring in docile members on board”, he assured the elite gathering. He tagged the new executive: Legacy Team, saying that his tenure would usher in rapid development for the set and the institution. Otunba Alabi Charles, who is also the President of Real Estate Managers, Ondo State Chapter, stressed the new executive would work as a team to move the school to a greater height and surpass the achievements of the previous executive. He appreciated all members, particularly the past presidents of the set – who he described as his godfathers – for the privilege given to him to lead the body. He further extended his heartfelt appreciation for those who graced the occasion and wished them safe journeys back to their respective destinations.
Dr Niyi Ijogun, the Oyemekun Grammar School Akure Alumni Association President at the global level, who had earlier in the morning hosted the set to a breakfast at the Alumni Secretariat within the school premises, prior to the commencement of the Global Executive Council of the general body, described the set as remarkable being a conglomeration of three different sets coming together as one formidable and indivisible set. Speaking further at the event, he commended the set for their laudable achievements in terms of human and infastructural development. He appreciated their commitment to the growth of the association and the institution, adding that all hands must be on deck for a complete overhaul of the school. In company of Dr Niyi Ijogun were some members of the Global Executive Council: Comrade Rotimi Boboye Taiwo, Esq; the general secretary, Hon Goke Williams; an ex-officio member, Mr Abraham Olayiwola; an ex-officio member, and Hon Boboye Kehinde, the vice chairman Akure branch alumni.
Earlier in the day, the outgoing exco of the set, led by its president, Mr Dare Isaac Oluwasayan, donated 100 plastic chairs to the school, 78 textbooks of different categories, and paid a visit to the wife of late Revd J O Olugasa – a former principal of the school – with a financial gift. Some of the achievements of the set include: provision and reticulation of hostel borehole, building of modern staff toilets and tuck shops, renovation and provision of modern furniture and equipment for laboratories, renovation of blocks of classrooms, erection of 10 solar power, and amongst others.
The event featured presentation of awards of excellence to some distinguished members and inuguration of new executive members:
- OTUNBA ALABA ALABI CHARLES – President
- PRINCE EBISINIBOFA CHARLES –Vice President
- OLAKUNLE OYEGOKE – Secretary General
- IFEDAYO JOSIAH – Assistant Secretary General
- KOLAWOLE CHRISTOPHER OLUSEGUN – Financial Secretary
- ABIDAKUN RASAKI – Director of Social
- ADEDEJI ADESIDA – Director of Welfare
- OSANYINGBEMI OLUMIDE – Chief Whip
- ABIODUN ADENIYAN – Ex-officio Member
The set has produced eminent personalities across all walks of life. Their reunion is typically witnessed physically not only by members in Nigeria but abroad. For some had to travel back home from abroad to grace the event. How they love their alma mater! The set core values include: giving back to the school, mutual respect, love and unity, hard work, leadership, resilience, excellence, confidence – all these encapsulate the admirable and unconquerable Oyemekun Spirit – exemplary bravery, sagacity and audacity. One of the notable programmes of the set is an online seminar; where experts are invited to teach on different areas of life for the overall development of its members.