Harness alumni resources to boost education, EIDWN tells FG

The Education Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria (EIDWN) has challenged the Federal Government to harness the resources of Alumni Associations as a real means of boosting the education sector in Nigeria.

This was part of the statement released after the Alma Mater Day 2022 celebration, themed “My Team’s Contract”, held in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.

The rally drew senior statesmen and leaders from various South West alumni associations.

In his remarks, EIDWN Chief Administrator Adebowale Thompson said the sad state of schools nationwide “is evident that the government is unable to fund, run and sustain the schools adequately”.

He therefore added that funding and management through alumni associations would help rediscover lost glory and reposition schools for the challenges of the future.

In his remarks, the General President of the Abeokuta Grammar School Old Boys Association (AGSOBA), Sunday Oduntan, reiterated the commitment of alumni associations to support governments at different levels in developing and maintaining a quality education in the country.

In a statement released at the end of the one-day event, stakeholders implored the government to hold annual retreats for the alumni conference and alumni associations to bring together and harmonize the aspirations of former students for their alma mater.

“The government should recognize that the resources of the Alumni Association are easier to tap into, more reliable and free from stringent conditions attached to funds from other donors.

“It is believed that where such retreats are held before the annual budget exercise, the government can actually challenge the conference and get specific figures for projects and other key interventions in schools,” it reads.

They also frowned upon the encroachment of school grounds by housing land grabbers, saying this has further compromised the integrity of school sites as envisioned in the master plan.

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