A group of ex-students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye returned to give back to the host community of Ago Iwoye in Ogun State that housed them during their academic sojourn as students.
For many of them, the last time they visited was as students but in their ‘homecoming’ journey, they are returning as professionals and experts in their various fields of endeavours. Bearing gifts, they stormed two government educational institutions to put smiles on the faces of students and teachers alike.
The ex-students of Political Science and Public Administration 2006/ 2007 set under the aegis of Demorats first visited Imere Primary School Ago Iwoye and were received by Head teacher, Mrs Dehinbo and other teachers who were happy to welcome them.
Some of the items donated include writing materials such as mathematical sets, biros and exercise books.
Speaking on behalf of the ex-students, Comrade Oladele Ayomide, coordinator of the group disclosed that this was their way of thanking the community that hosted them while they were schooling.
He said, “We are deeply indebted to our host communities and our Alma Mater Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago-iwoye for the many opportunities granted to us, and for a socio-economic and educational environment. We have had so much opportunity in our lives, we feel a deep responsibility to make the world a better place for future generations. We have benefited from good health, great education and supports.
“We believe that in the next generation, all of our children should grow up living even better lives and striving for even more than we think is possible today. In order for our communities to thrive, it’s imperative that all children have access to world-class education systems. We view our donations in this light—not as an end in itself, but as an instrument to effect positive and transformative change. To this end, we have contributed a significant portion of our resources by donating educational materials in form of appreciations from the depth of hearts.”
Other programmes planned by the group, include training for members and other interested participants on farming, Agriculture business and ICT.
Other members of the team included Odunuga Tosin, Assistant Coordinator, Onafowonkan Adeola, General Secretary, Adebabam Adekunle, Assistant General Secretary, Sanusi Olawale, Special Duty, Ifebanjo Seyifunmi P.R.O, Akinjagunla Ayo Media, Odupitan Olusola, Financial Secretary, Aje Temitope, Welfare, Odunmosun Temitope, Member, Olaewe Olamide, Member and Musa Kazeem, Member.
Also present at the occasion were the present executives of the National Association of Political Science Students (NAPPS).
After their first stop, the team proceeded to Ahmadiyya Secondary school where similar items were donated. Their arrival energized the school environment
Expressing gratitude of the students, Vice principal, Mr Ogunbanjo E.O expressed gratitude to the visiting ex-students. “What you have done is very commendable and we are very grateful to your team for choosing our school as recipient of this good gesture. You can see how happy your kind gesture has made the students and teachers. We hope others will follow your footsteps,” he responded.
Commending the ex-students, the duo of Dr Tobi Ariyo, Head of Department Political Science/ Public Administration and Dr Ekpeyong of the Department of Economics described the initiative as the first of its kind by ex-students of the institution.