By Sade Adewale
Ondo State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Otunba Timehin Adelegbe, has tasked elites to always remember their alma maters and give back towards their development.
Adelegbe made the call when the management of Anglican Grammar School, Okeluse in Ose Local Government area of the state, paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Wednesday in Akure.
Adelegbe is one of the pioneer students of the school which was founded in 1975.
He added that if successful people could give back to their academic foundations, infrastructure decay in schools would have drastically been reduced if not eradicated, saying that government could not do it alone.
” If all elites and stakeholders can go back to their schools especially ones created by government, the ones that made them, and maintain them, things will be better in the sector,” he said.
According to him, he is ready to assist the school whenever the need arises within his capacity.
The commissioner who was very elated about the academic performances of the school in both internal and external examinations, urged the students to be hardworking and dedicated to their studies by keeping the school’s flag flying at all times.
Adelegbe, who was full of praises and joy, commended the school academic staff for their hard work and dedication to duties, and for ensuring that the school is in the forefront among its contemporaries.
“Keep maintaining the status of success known with Okeluse Anglican Grammar School.
“Being the first set of the school, we really gave our best then under the leadership of former Governor of Oyo state, Lam Adesina the pioneer principal of the school, he said.
“In whatever capacity, I will always be of help.
“Nothing comes easy in life but through hard work and dedication, one can make it,” he noted.
Earlier, Chief Abiodun Imoukhuede, the school principal, said the visit was to appreciate the commissioner for being one of the most accessible pioneer students of the school.
Imoukhuede, who is the 14th principal of the school, noted that the school has been a centre of excellence rolling out successful citizens in polity.
“We are proud of our products and I can mention few now.
“Mr. Ade Adetimehin, the state Chairman of All Progressives Congress ( APC), Professor Yemisi George Akinseye and the present Commissioner for Commerce in the State and many others are doing well in their respective careers,” he said.
The school principal added that the school came out as the best performing school at the 2015/2016 WAEC and NECO examinations in the state and also emerged first in a quiz competition organised by Oyato Family, the baker of Oyato bread, in 2016 in Ose and Owo local government areas of the state.
According to him, through serious and dedicated teachers, the school remains at the top in the state, calling on the commissioner to be of help to issues of infrastructure in the school.
The highlight of the visit was the presentation of Award of Excellence to the Commissioner.