By Amaechi Okwara
Delta state Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has challenged old boys associations to engage in programmes that will change the decline in the education sector.
According to a press statement made available to newsmen, the governor made the call at the 80th anniversary of Edo College, Benin City.
The statement said that the event which attracted prominent personalities, especially old boys of the college, including Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Mr Nduka Obaigbena, also featured presentation of awards to some distinguished personalities.
Governor Okowa said: There is a decline in the education sector, but members of old boys associations can change the trend by getting more involved in the activities of the institutions.
“People should contribute to the growth of their alma mater, your contributions to the growth of your alma mater will encourage government to do more for the institution and I thank those who are committed to the activities of Edo College Old Boys Association (ECOBA).”
The commended Edo College for being famous and prestigious, saying the development is a positive statement for the institution to continue to be relevant in the state and nation, educationally, noting that, “it is the duty of the old boys to ensure that the glorious days are not lost.”
The governor, at the event, bagged awards of the college, alongside his Edo state counterpart, Mr Godwin Obaseki and former state, Chief Lucky Igbinedion.
President of ECOBA, Dr Reuben Osahon, said governor Okowa was presented with the award because of his outstanding performance as an old boy of the College.
Dr Osahon had in a welcome address, said Edo College, established on the 1st of February, 1937 “is the first secondary school in the Midwest area of the old Western region of Nigeria, now Edo and Delta states; we believe that 80 years is a significant milestone in the life of any organisation and we are proud of our products.