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The Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has declared that the state will appeal against the judgment of an Ibadan High Court, which sets aside the review of the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and Other Related Chieftaincies.

The governor bared his mind during the inauguration of a block of classrooms donated to the Community Secondary School, Ajara, in Lagelu local government area of the state by a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Akinlolu Olujinmi, SAN, in Ajara, on Friday.

Ajimobi used the opportunity to restate his earlier position that the review, which culminated in the August 27, 2017 installation of 21 new obas, among whom were some erstwhile high chiefs and baales, was an altruistic gesture that was for the overall good of Ibadanland.

Ajimobi said, "Today's judgment on the Olubadan Chieftaincy review will be appealed against immediately. Let me reiterate here that the review was an exercise that was well thought out. It is for the development and progress of Ibadanland and the people therein.

"We will not relent in our determination to make Ibadan great and the greatness shall come through various ways; one of which was the Olubadan chieftaincy review that was conducted by a judicial commission of inquiry.

“The truth is that people are normally opposed to change and radical policies that will eventually be beneficial to them, but we shall get there. We will not be deterred or allow retrogressive tendencies to override the progress Oyo State is currently making."

The governor commended Olujinmi for giving back to his place of birth and called on others of means to emulate the gesture, which, he said, would go a long way to complement the efforts of the government in developing the education sector.

He also advised parents to play their parts in giving qualitative education to their children in order to safeguard their future.

According to him, the event was another testament to the success of the School Governing Board (SGB) policy of his administration, adding that many schools had been transformed following the intervention of the SGB members.

He said, "Today, we are celebrating another milestone in the success of the SGB policy with the commissioning of this project. Our foremost lawyer and son of the soil, Chief Akinlolu Olujimi, has bought into our policy direction aimed at restructuring our education system.

"I enjoin you all to let us continue to work hand-in-hand to further change the face of education in our state. I’m elated that we have been getting positive results from our various policies on education. I, therefore, call on other people of means to lend a hand."

In his address, the donor said that he was happy to have contributed to the growth of education, especially in his own community, stating that he had decided to build another block of four classrooms in the same school.

He advised the students to concentrate on their studies so as to become great in the future and for them to also be in a good position to pay back to their communities.

Olujinmi said, "The SGB policy of the Governor Ajimobi administration is laudable. It has paved the way for somebody like me to contribute to the development of education in my locality and by extension in Oyo State.

"It is left for you students to reciprocate this gesture by forging ahead to attain excellence in your academic pursuits. The government has done its bit. It is your responsibility as beneficiaries of this progressive policy to aim for greatness."
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Lagelu Old Boys inject N0.2bn into school infrastructure

Lagelu Grammar School Old Students Association has injected over N200m to rehabilitate the school and provide infrastructure, just as the school prepares for its 60th Founders’ day celebration.

The Chairman Anniversary Committee of LAGSCOBA 60th anniversary, Mr. Tony Aletor stated this on Thursday in Ibadan, saying that the association has renovated all the blocks of classrooms in the school as well as the administrative block.

Aletor added that the association has constructed an alumni centre with state of the art equipment, renovated and equipped the laboratories, reconstructed the school hall named Ayo Labiyi Hall and the construction of modern e-library tagged Osuntokun eLibrary.

He stressed that the road which leads into the school has been dualised with landscaping for aesthetic development, pointing out that all the buildings in the school have been modernized and wearing new looks.

The Lagelu 60th anniversary chairman explained that the activities marking the 60th Founders’ day celebration will hold between January 21 and 27, 2018 beginning with an Inter-denominational Thanksgiving Church Service at the School Hall on Sunday and followed by a PEACE WALK on Monday which will commence from the historic Mapo Hall, Ibadan as well as commissioning of projects.

He said that on Tuesday, January 23, Lagelites will visit the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji and the founding Principal of the School, Pa Ayo Labiyi which will be followed by visits to Charity Homes, adding that Wednesday will be for the re-launch of the school magazine and resuscitation of the school clubs which include the Literary and Debating Club, Press Club, Drama and Musical Society, French Club, Geography, Agricultural and Science Club.

The Chairman stated that Thursday will witness a Career Session with the recognition of a hundred distinguished lagelites who will receive the Diamond Anniversary Distinguished Career Mentors and Achievers’ awards in Corporate and Political Leadership. The Key Note address at the event will be delivered by the distinguished alumnus and international business man, Mr. Kase Lawal.

Aletor disclosed the Friday is the day for the Diamond Anniversary Lecture which will be delivered by Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman designate, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), who is also an alumnus of the school.

According to Mr. Aletor, the grand finale of the 60th anniversary celebrations is the gala nite where Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, an alumnus of the institution, will deliver a key note address. Other activities of the day will be the institution of of various Endowment Funds and the Foundation Laying Ceremony of the School Governing Board Building amongst others as Aletor emphasized that the School Governing Board (SGB) is working in tandem with the Alumni association to ensure that the lost glory of the school is restored.
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