For sustainable growth and development of unity schools in Nigeria, particularly for Federal Government College, Odogbolu, Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye has called on alumni of institutions to give back to their alma mater by way of support.
In his speech at a reunion dinner party organised by the class of 1979 recently in Abuja FCT, he cited the state of unity schools, the objectives for their establishment and the need for improvements to allow better learning conditions and as a way of giving back.
Addressing the role of alumni as key stakeholders to ensure changes, he attributed the deplorable condition of unity schools to be a direct result of the overall deficit in development on a national scale.
Owasanoye who is also an alumnus of the school, said that the alumni have a bigger role to play in bringing development.
“Also, unity schools need to track their alumni and collate the names of those who have achieved in their fields as a way of motivating students and for the purpose of mentorship”.
“Students this way, can link up with them for networking and assistance which can be instrumental to solving unemployment and lack of opportunities, among other issues in the nation”.
“In addition, other alumni impact-driven initiatives like career guidance and mentorship programs will inspire younger generations and help them find their footing as they head on to higher institutions of learning”, he added.
Leveraging alumni experiences and resources for collective impact, according to him, will help to address societal challenges and create positive impacts on a larger scale.