By John Kayode
The 1979/1984 set of the Old Students Association of the Akure Muslim College has at the weekend held a reception to honour one of their members, Pastor Kayode Ogundele for his recent appointment as the Ondo State Head of Service.
Members, who could not hide their joy at the event, took turns to eulogise Pastor Ogundele and used the occasion to appreciate the state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN for counting one of them worthy of the exalted position.
Speaking with newsmen, the Coordinator of the group, Engr. (Dr.) Felix Elerundu expressed optimism that the new Head of Service could not afford to disappoint the state given his track records coupled with the sound up bring during their days at the college.
He noted that it was a thing of joy that a product of the college emerged as the Head of Service at this time, which he said necessitated the organisation of the event in his honour.
‘Everybody is happy. We are excited that one of us has been appointed. It’s a good omen for us.’ Elerindu said.
Also in their separate interview with journalists, the first Senior Prefect of the college, Alhaji Suleman Gbadebo and his female counterpart, Mrs Idowu Adesida, thanked Governor Akeredolu for appointing a product of their alma mater.
They used the occasion to call on members to always remember the school which they described as their source.
In his reaction, the Head of Service, Pastor Ogundele while reminiscing the fond memories they shared way back in their school days, that them for the well-attended event.
He used the occasion to call on other such associations across the state to always find ways to give back to their alma mater which had given so much to them, saying the task of funding education should not be left solely to the government.
In his words, ‘That is what we need in our society. We must be ready to give back to our alma mater and our societies because we came from those societies or alma mater… It’s a way of complementing success ‘.
‘Mr. Governor is committed to working on developing all our educational institutions; primary, secondary and tertiary.’ He further said
‘A lot has been done in the primary and he has been emphasising he wants to focus on the secondary education too. The are some things in the pipeline. Arrangements are on some intervention programmes that will lift some of our secondary schools in Ondo State,’ He added.