By Funmi Adekoya-Ojo

The Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke says non-governmental groups are critical partners in the development of schools, announcing the creation of a partnership board between government and Alumni Associations at all levels of education in the state as part of repositioning education and standards.

Governor Adeleke stated this when he received a delegation of the Ilesa Grammar School Old Students Association in his office at Abere, Osun State.

He said the board which would be launched by the middle of next month would complement his administration’s effort towards the rehabilitation of schools in Osun state.

Governor Adeleke explained that the board will exist at local and state levels with a focus on harnessing developmental support from governmental and non-governmental sources for the development of our schools.

Commending the Ilesa Grammar School Old Students Association for their sustained contributions to their alma mata, the Governor emphasized the importance of partnering with non-governmental Organisations to develop the education sector as the government has limited funding capacity.

“It is on this note that I want to use this opportunity to announce the creation of a standing Government-Alumni Partnership Board at all levels of our education system.

“I further direct the Ministry of Education to work out the modalities for the creation and operations of the Board within the next month. The board is to be publicly unveiled by mid-March.

“We must capitalize on the rich antecedents of our alumni associations to develop our education system. The Partnership Board, when in place, will focus on project development, learning equipment, training support, and welfare issues for the school community.

Governor Adeleke urged the Alumni of Ilesha Grammar School to take the message to other alumni associations across the state.

Earlier, the National Vice Chairman, Ilesa Grammar School Old Students Association, Dr. Wale Bolorunduro, congratulated Governor Adeleke for the successes he has recorded in the areas of infrastructure, economy, and human development.

Dr Bolorunduro said the purpose of the visit of the body was to inform the Governor of efforts to reset Ilesa Grammar School to produce luminaries as it was in the past, highlighting interventions by various sets of alumni of the school in the last three years to reconstruct and renew buildings that had been run down due to abandonment and previous relocation of students away from the school.

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