Nigeria: Osun govt, Igbaye Devt Vanguard collaborate on educational development
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
London, March 17, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Sometimes in October 2018, some elites in Igbaye, a lively town in Odo-Otin Local Government area of Osun State in the western axis of Nigeria came together and formed a group for the purpose of contributing meaningful to the developmental projects for the rapid growth of their community.
Operating under the umbrella of Igbaye Development Vanguard (IDV), which membership cuts across all professions and spread across the world decided to come together with the aim of giving back to their community what the community had earlier given to them.
Speaking with our reporter in Lagos yesterday, two of the interim conveners of the Vanguard, Dr. Sunday Alayemi and Mr Rafiu Adeoye Popoola Esq. further disclosed that, “the main objective of our coming together is, among other things, to rekindle the lost lustre and interpersonal lovely relationship among ourselves.”
In addition to that, the duo disclosed that, “our immediate areas of concentration will be renovation of our joint public properties like schools, Health Centres, Town Hall, Public Utilities like Toilets, Post Office among others.”
Alayemi and Popoola also affirmed that, “beside the renovation of a few dilapidated facilities in the town, building of new ones like e-library, Recreation Centres and Event Halls is also in the pipeline,” just as they disclosed that, “renovation of Igbaye Community High School (ICHS), which is being jointly financed by the Vanguard members and Old students of the school, is already in progress.”
According to the duo, “after its completion, announcement/notification will be made following which school affairs including its maintenance would be delegated to old students and the Parent Teachers Association (PTA), while the Vanguard will face other projects.”
The cost of putting the block of classrooms in order, according to Alayemi and Popoola, is about N5m jointly contributed by the Vanguard members, old students of the school and some eminent indigenes of Igbaye land all of whom were not taxed, but encouraged to key into the important project because of its importance to the community and humanity at large.”
The group, which is a non-governmental, non-religious and non-political, is bent on making positive impacts in the town to raise its glory to an enviable level of world standard.
However, by January this year, the Vanguard has had a success story to tell as their interim Conveners were very happy to inform the Government of the state of Osun that the renovation of one of the totally damaged Blocks of classrooms embarked upon by its members and the old students is now completed.
“We are currently in the process of arranging Chairs and Tables before handing the Classes over to the School authority for spontaneous use,” Alayemi and Popoola, who took our correspondent round the renovated classrooms informed.
The duo expressed gratitude to everybody who has contributed to achieving the goal set last October that came to reality within three month. The project was commenced October last year and completed early January this year.
The Conveners further disclosed that the Government came to inspect the project before and after the completion.
“We are delighted to inform you that the Government was very impressed and commended the effort of our community. The renovation of the remaining classrooms has been taken over by the government. We understand the project has been approved and awarded to a contractor,” they disclosed.
They therefore appealed to the government to come on board promptly as the students can’t wait to continue their studies in a conducive environment, adding, “we are anxiously waiting for the government to fulfill its promise.”