President-General (National) of Anglican Grammar School, Ubulu-Uku Old Students Association (AGSUOBA), Dr. Geoff Ohen, and the President of the Lagos State chapter of the association, Mr. Okey Odibeli, have called on federal and state governments to declare state of emergency in the education sector.
The declaration, according to them, will address the decadence in infrastructure, prevailing insecurity in schools, and low academic standards, among others, at various levels of education in the country.
They made the call while unfolding activities for an end-of-year forum, being planned by the Lagos chapter of the association to review its activities in 2023 and to strategise for 2024.
Using his alma mater, Anglican Grammar School, Ubulu-Uku, Delta State to illustrate the decadence that has overtaken most schools in Nigeria, Ohen recalled how the school was sought after by Nigerians from different parts of the country.
He said: “The school was of such great standards that it attracted students from parts of the country and it was highly competitive. It has produced top players in various sections of the nation’s socio-economic and political endeavours, including managers, administrators and leaders.
“But today, the school has become a shadow of itself, especially in terms of infrastructure. A visitor today would not believe it was the same school that produced great sportsmen that made national impact, like James Udemba, of the then senior national football team, who developed his skills while at the school.”
On the end-of-year forum slated for Saturday, November 25 within the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) premises, the President of the Lagos State chapter of the association, Okey Odibeli, said it would hold in relaxed party ambience and atmosphere.
He said: “From January till date, Lagos State chapter has been meeting and working to support our alma mater. So, beyond reviewing the outgoing year and projecting into the coming year, we have deemed it fit to unwind, especially since it will help us refresh our minds and brains towards greater works ahead in 2024.
“Moreover, our distinguished President-General, Dr. Geoff Ohen, has volunteered to sponsor the event, which will also feature the election of new executive officers to lead the association.”
He urged members to turn out en masse.
Odibeli thanked Dr. Ohen for the “selfless and superlative contributions he has made towards sustaining the association at both national and state levels and urged other old students to follow his examples.
He also thanked members of his executive committee in Lagos and other members of the associations in the state for their contributions towards keeping the flag of their alma mater flying.