By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The old Students Association of Government Secondary School, Malete in Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State has urged the state government to recover the school land encroached upon by some people.
President of the association, Mr. Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said part of the school field has been converted to a store, while the school gate has been defaced with block of shops.
Ibrahim stated this during a press briefing to herald the school’s 50th anniversary celebration targeted at raising N500 million for the school.
The president said the fund would be used for renovation of the school and purchase of a new bus among others.
“Presently, the school land has been encroached. They have taken over the field, changed it to stores, taken over the gate and changed it to shops.
“We decided to do survey so that we would know the boundary of the school, as the Ministry of Education could not established the boundary. Now, with the help of one of the old students, the survey has been done and handed over to the appropriate authority.
“We have done a lot on our own, like renovation of the school, repair of the old school bus for easy transportation of teachers and students and renovation of the hand pump borehole. That is why we are coming together so that we can do more for our alma mater.
“We intend to raise the fund for the following purposes; to construct the perimeter fence, purchase of new school bus, to renovate the library, laboratory, classrooms and hostels, as well as staff quarters. We are also thinking of providing computer center. By so doing, we are assisting the government as it’s not our responsibility, but we don’t want Malete to die,” he said.
First Head Boy of the School, Alhaji Abodunrin Babatunde, who also spoke at the occasion, said the association has tried in improving the academic activities so as to churn out brighter set of students.
He said: “We have tried our best in terms of academic activities. But the last time we went there, we saw few students. When we queried the principal, she said the students registered at ‘miracle’ centers to get better results.”
Also speaking, Secretary of the Association, Alhaji Muyideen Abdulkadir urged government to increase budget allocated to the education sector in the state.