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OGSA @71: Our Scorecard is Above the Bar … We have an impact on all Spheres of life - Nat. President… Alumni Association to commission more projec

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OGSA @71: Our Scorecard is Above the Bar

… We have an impact on all Spheres of life – Nat. President
… Alumni Association to commission more projects,
…to Inaugurate Young Alumni Association

Oyemekun Grammar School Akure, one of the foremost secondary schools in the tapestry of education in Nigeria is set to celebrate her 71st Founders’ Day, which will be marked with commissioning of projects, cultural and talent show, novelty match, and the Annual General Meeting of the Alumni Association.

Highlighting some achievements of the institution at the world press conference held on Monday, 29th of January 2024, Dr. Niyi Ijogun, the National President of the OGSA Alumni Association, attributed all to the collaborative efforts of the Ondo State Government, the School Management, the Parent Teachers Associations, and all the members of the Old students Association.

“This institution has been the leader of all institutions, not only in Ondo State, but comparable to the standard we have globally. We are proud that for the past 71 years, we have made an impact in all spheres of life’.
‘We remember our dear pioneer principal, Chief Akin Adinlewa, who put all he had into establishing the school and doing his best to make sure that the school was comparable among the committee of schools within the Western region when it was created’. We have been making our marks not only in the educational sector, we are known for our contributions within the political sector, in sports, and across all sectors.” He said.

Niyi Ijogun, who took over the affairs of the Alumni Association in the year 2022 with over 38,000 members across the eight branches worldwide attributed the success so far to founding founders, the Akure community, the Anglican Communion, the Government, the school management and the old students, who have been doing a lot of things to ensure that the great institution that is called the only school survives.

While speaking about the OGSA spirit, which has propelled the product of the school in giving their best in the society, the National President said;
“The old boys continue to make their mark everywhere, we have Ambassadors, Doctors, Permanent Secretaries, Commissioners, Heads of Service, Professors, and even first-class traditional rulers like the Deji of Akure, Olowo of Owo, etc”. We are proud of ourselves.”

He further reiterated that the institution celebrated its 70th anniversary last year, but the Alumni Association will continue to raise the bar above imagination. He however appreciated all stakeholders who have worked tirelessly for the growth of Oyemekun Grammar School and promised that the leadership of the Alumni Association will continue to initiate developmental projects with a mode of inclusivity.

In the meantime, the committee Chairperson of the 71st Founder Week celebration, Chief Mrs. Kolawole Kosemani, highlighted some of the activities lined up for the Anniversary which are cultural and talent show, Feeding of the students, and a novelty match between Fiwasaye Girls Grammar School Akure and St. Louis Akure, on Friday 2nd of February 2024, while Saturday 3rd of February will feature the commissioning of Four major projects in the school. Meanwhile, the annual lecture and the Alumni Association Annual General Meeting, and Thanksgiving Sunday will climax the event.

Chief Mrs Kosemani, a former Head of Service in Ondo state, who currently serves as the coordinator of the women’s wing of the OGSA Alumni Association, expatiated on the reason women are in the Old students Association of Oyemekun Grammar school, known to be a boys school.
“The education planners in the past included the Higher School Certificate (HSC) program after the West African School Certificate (WASC). So for the HSC program, the planners of OGSA decided to admit both boys and girls to the HSC program. For about ten years, girls were coming in after their secondary education to enroll for the HSC program.” She explained.

Furthermore, the Principal of the school, Mr. Okeowo Ogunleye, highlighted some of the achievements of the school in the last year in both the curricular and the extracurricular activities.
“Oyemekun Grammar School is celebrating greatness, we are celebrating academic performance, we are celebrating infrastructural development in the school, we recorded 85% and 98% pass in the last WAEC and NECO respectively”. We also have one of our students who recently broke the Guinness Book of Records for the longest rope skipping, one of my students also represented the country in Turkey’. ‘In most of the invitational inter-house sports competitions and other competitions. we have also come on the top

The award-winning Principal took turns to celebrate various stakeholders for their tremendous contributions to the development of the school, he specially thanked the Ondo state Government led by the Governor, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, for the great support in moving the school forward, especially in re-introduction of the free shuttle buses, which has reduced the burden of transport fare on the parents.

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