By Ameer Obansa, Lokoja
The Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Mathew kolawole over the weekend commended the founding fathers of the St. Augustine college Kabba for their vision and determination which he said has positively impacted the society.
The Speaker, though, not one of the old boys took out time to join the old boys to celebrate the achievements of the college in the last 60 years.
Our correspondent however observed that It was a gathering of the creme de la creme as the old boys of the prestigious St Augustine College, Kabba converged at the college promises to celebrated the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the college which has provided the platform for many who went through the college to become prominent individuals in the society.
According to the speaker, “I would have loved to attend the the college during his secondary school days but could not, due to circumstances beyond my control.
He rejoiced with the management, staff, students and old boys of the college, stressing that as a representative, he has also played his part at improving the educational sector of his constituency.
He said as part of his concerted efforts to reposition the sector, he has organized and sponsored Inter secondary School Quiz and Debate competitions; a programme he he said has run for two consecutive times.
“There is also the Education Support Programme wherein over 350 students benefitted which is also a yearly programme .
” This is apart from the payment of WAEC , NECO and JAMB fees for over 500 students in the constituency and the 700 students who are currently on my scholarship scheme for various categories. He said
The Speaker informed the gathering that the sixth assembly is currently working on the bill to provide for the decentralization of the Kogi State University, Ayingba which has passed through the public hearing waiting to be passed into law.
He said the bill is parts of the determination and commitment of the current administration in Kogi State led by Alhaji Yahaya Bello to reposition the education sector as one of the thematic areas the administration chose to turn around the state for good
He charged the students to take their studies serious nothing that they cannot attain a meaningful livelihood without qualitative education.
The Speaker who launched the school magazine, promised to continue to collaborate with other relevant stakeholders in promoting the college and the education sector.
The guest speaker, Mr Francis Onaiyekan, admonished the students on the need to take their studies seriously saying that is the only way to prepare themselves to be good leaders in the nearest future.
Other dignitaries present at the event include, Bishop Martins Olorunmolu who is the proprietor of the college, Major General Emmanuel Abejirin (rtd), Sir Johnson Jimoh, Barr Jaiye Ajayi among others.Share this on WhatsApp