Abebe wants public, private partnership to revamp education
President of St Gregory College Old Boys Association, Dr. John Abebe, is calling on the public and private sectors to close ranks in the provision of education to the teeming Nigerian youths, as governments alone cannot effectively accomplish the task of educating this set of Nigerians.
Abebe who spoke at the 50th anniversary thanksgiving of the 1961 set, which he described as “a noble and successful set,” expressed gratitude to God for preserving their lives for them to return at regular intervals to make donations to the school.
In attempting a comparison of the quality of education he and his colleagues received and what obtains today in the sector, Abebe stated, “Our era was fantastic. But things are, however, picking up again in Nigeria I must admit, though a bit slower than one expected. Education should be run both publicly and privately. Attempting to put everything on government will not go well with the society. We are, however, glad that some years ago, the Lagos State government saw it fit to return schools to their original owners.”
Abebe, who said the school probably has the best old boys association in the country, paid glowing tribute to the school, which gave them a sound footing in life, just as he informed that it was the reason they make it a point of duty to return to make donations to the school on a continuous basis.
On his part, a member of the college governing council, Mr. Steve Omojiafor recalled, “We went through five years of beautiful education, education that was not tainted. It was education that gave us religious freedom. We had Christians, Muslims and pagans among us. Our teachers were also very dedicated. In our time, technological innovations like the Internet were not there. There was not even calculator and you needed to use your brain to do mathematics.
“We started meeting in 1973, and along the line we said if God keeps us alive 50 years after leaving school, we would come back to the chapel and give him thanks.
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