Old students of St John’s Grammar School, Ile-Ife, Osun State, will on Saturday commission projects worth N50 million and formally hand them over to the school’s management.
The projects include gated fence, full size bronze statue of the founder, Rev. Father Fabian Cloutier, toilets, renovation of two blocks of classrooms and the library.
Osun State Governor, Isiaka Oyetola, and Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, are expected at the event. While the gated fence was funded from the purse of the association, individual sets and philanthropic old students facilitated the renovation of the facilities.
Among the old students who sponsored projects is Engr. Ayodele Alabi, whose bronze statue of the founder welcomes visitors to the main grounds of the school. Besides, Ayodele also renovated a wing of a block of classrooms.
Another old student, Senator Iyiola Omisore, donated a computer class and generating set while Senator Babajide Omoworare renovated the administrative block. The 1973/77 and 1976/81 sets renovated blocks of classrooms while the 1979/84 set renovated the library .
Publicity secretary and former Lagos State Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, said the association would confer on the governor and the monarch the grand patron awards of the association to appreciate their contributions to educational development of the state. Established in 1962 by Reverend Father Cloutier, a Canadian Catholic missionary, the school has graduated no fewer than 9,112 students.
Source : The Guardian