Old students of Igbobi High School, Somolu, in Lagos on Sunday held their forty years anniversary to further unify and celebrate some of their past teachers and principals.
The event which took place at the premises of the school witnessed the presence of some members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, local council chairmen, heads of education agencies, business tycoons and students of the institution.
Speaking with journalists, an old student and member of the House of Assembly, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, said the old students came together irrespective of the socio-economic status to celebrate themselves and the existence of the school.
Olowo explained that there was need to appreciate some of their foremost teachers whom they past through in their days in school, adding that they were moulded by the discipline instilled in them.
He stated that in their next anniversary they would do a lot of things to ensure the students have comfort while in school, stating that creating enabling environment for them would further enhance their academic performance.
Speaking on plans to avoid bully in the school, Olowo said the old students have urged the students to report such act to the school authority early enough and any student found wanton would be ejected.
He disclosed that the House of Assembly would soon come up with law against bully, adding that nothing like minor before the law.
” Nothing like bully in our days in school, no student can bully his or her colleague but it is now an order of the day. We as lawmakers and fathers will not allow such to stay in our schools. We will collaborate with the executive and come up with law that will stop such act. Nothing like minor before the law”, Olowo said.
On budget allocation to education in the 2022 Appropriation Bill, the lawmaker said it was to show how progressive and committed the state is to developing the sector, adding that education is the only thing that would edify the nation.
Another old student, Mr Segun Osho, said the moral values instilled in them by their teachers play key role in developing their minds till date, advising the current students to be studious, obedient and respect their teachers.
Speaking on how bully and gangterism in schools can be curtailed, Osho said parents have more responsibilities in addressing it from home, urging parents to be interested in the affairs of their children.
Principal of the School, Mr Ayodele Emilius, said that he runs an open door system wherein the students can approach him whenever any of them experience bully, adding that the school authority does not take such act with levity.
Also, the Chairperson of the Anniversary Planning Committee, Titilayo Fabiyi, said the association had put in place mechanism to prevent bully in the school, saying that the old students would be collaborating with the school authority to educate the students that bully is not an option.
Meanwhile, Hon. Owolabi Ajani, House Chairman On Tertiary Education, described bully as international phenomenon, saying that government needs to investigate reasons why students bully each other in school.
Ajani said lack of parental care sometimes affects the socio-psychology of children and that it makes them becoming violent on each other in school.
Some of those celebrated with awards were, former teacher of the school, Mr Adekunle Odebiyi, former principal, Mr Abayomi Jemilugba and Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Abayomi Abolaji.