Nigeria’s Information and Culture Minister,Mr Lai Mohammed has called on Nigerians to be champions of community development especially in their localities.
The minister made the call when he commissioned the newly renovated hall of Oro Grammar School during the schools 60th Anniversary celebration in Oro, Kwara state.
The minister said the greatest honour that can come to a man is that from his local community.
The Minister who pledged to be a shining example of community development in Oro, said he has taken it upon himself to see that development comes to the community.
He then reeled out some interventions that the federal government has embarked upon for the Oro community.
He mentioned a Tertiary Education Trust Fund to the tune of 150 million naira to the College of Education in Oro, the rehabilitation of the Lokoja, Obajana, Ilorin road and also said the federal ministry of water resources would soon embark on a project that would bring water to the 3 senatorial districts in Kwara state, among other interventions.
He congratulated and then charged the Oro Grammar school old students to bring back glory and also sustain the legacy of their school.
“This school was built by our forefathers and fathers as a community effort and it served and educated a lot of people.
Now the structures have deteriorated but as a old students there should be a sustained effort to revamp it because we should not totally rely on on government to do everything.
Let’s emulate the people of Oro who always believe in communal effort which gave birth to the Grammar school,” he said.
The Minister said the government’s Digital switch over that is already in Kwara state would soon have a based station in Oro.
Speaking earlier, the President of the Oro Grammar School Old Boys Association, Mr Folorunsho Alao said the almamater would do everything possible to revamp the school.
He thanked the minister for honouring their invitation and also thanked him for taking up the responsibility of renovating the science laboratory and also rehabilitating two blocks of classrooms.
Mr Alao then appealed to the state government to look into the plight of the school and prioritise them.
The state governor Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, represented by Mrs Maryam Garba, the permanent Secretary in the state ministry of Education said the state government is investing heavily in education, according to him, the state has already doled out N800 million as counterpart funding in the Universal Basic Education and is also investing in Tertiary education.
He said the government was committed to improving infrastructure in schools.
The governor revealed that the Oro Grammar school has been captured in the next budget as one of the schools to benefit from total rehabilitation.
The Minister was given an award by the almamater as champion of community development which he pledged to continue to exemplify.