Okene Secondary School Old Boys Association, has appealed to the state government, well meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to come to the aid of the school to bring back its lost glory. A member of the association, Air Commandore Musibau Adekunle Soladoye (retd), who made the appealed in Lokoja yesterday, while addressing newsmen ahead of the association’ convention slated for today and tomorrow in Okene.
The Old-Boys lamented that the institution, which has produced many professors, military men, engineers and lawyers of high repute, had been crying for attention as a result of dilapidated structures scattered all over the college.
According to him: “When we are young students of the institution, we use to say that Okene Secondary School shall be second to none by virtue of the structure, quality teachers and the high level of performances of the students then, but today that phrase cannot hold as a result of the current precarious state of the institution.
“The school structures are dilapidated, the library, the laboratories, the student’s hotels, the administrative blocks and even the staff quarters are in a sorry state crying for attention on daily basis.
“It is in our attempt to bring back the lost glory of the school that we are coming together under the auspice of Okene Secondary School Old Boys Association to rub mind and articulate ways toward rehabilitating the secondary school that have produced many eminent Nigerians in diff erentfi eld of endeavours” The retired military officer, who also lamented the high level of encroachment in the school, on behalf of others, called on the state government to come to the aid of the institution in the area of perimeter fencing and structure rehabilitations.
“We the old students have not forget the fact that government of the state has a lot of commitments as many responsibilities are asking for funds which may not allow government to allocate enough resources to the school. It is based on this, I am appealing to well meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the school”