By Omolola Afolabi
THE need for government to invest in infrastructure at the basic education level to encourage private sector and individual contribution was emphasised at a reunion of the alumni of African Church Primary School, Mosan, Ipaja Lagos.
Being the first meeting of old students of the school after three decades, the group shared how dear their primary school was to them and how much they would like to revamp its facilities.
Lamenting the poor state of the school, President of the alumni association, Mr. Mutiu Ogundepo, said the group would make its renovation a priority.
He said: “It is heart breaking seeing the school we left 30 years ago coming back to it without seeing any improvement or development rather it is in a worse state.
“We were thinking it would be bigger and something like a monument to the community but it was the other way around.
“On getting to the school few months ago, we were talking to the teachers there on certain things they said what I was saying is not what they met on ground that they don’t understand what I was saying.
“This is actually a wakeup call for other sets of the school because my set alone cannot get the school back to how it ought to be. The school is really in a bad state.”
Ogundepo added that the old pupils would seek support from government and the private sector for the project.
“We cannot do this alone so we are seeking support from corporate bodies and we are also intensifying efforts to get in contact with the government. We want the school to redeem its lost glory in five years,” he said.
Another old pupil, Mrs. Oluwabunkolami Oyerinde said the only thing left to be remembered of the school was a tree.
“It is really an eyesore; it killed our spirit. So that was something that really brought us together that this was a foundation of who we are today must not just go like that.
“The only thing that we can see in our school now is the popular fruit tree that we used to sit under that is the only thing that we can see in existence, which is not supposed to be,” she said.
Oyerinde added that the reunion was not only for projects but to foster better relationship among members and the school.
She said: “We’ll be visiting the school often to know what next we can do, though when we started we thought it was something we can just move in and do on our own but we realised there are procedures before we can start anything.”
A former head teacher of class 1990, Mrs Bernice Akintola, also expressed disappointment in the state of the school and appealed to the alumni to do all it could to bring the school back to its rightful place.