National president, Government College, Ibadan, Old Boys’ Association (GCIOBA), Wale Babalakin, says quality education is the bedrock of societal development and must never be compromised.
Babalakin says a half-educated person is a danger to himself and society.
Speaking in Lagos Tuesday at a press conference on GCI’S 90th-anniversary celebration, bab ala kin said all Nigerians must see the rebuilding of the educational system as a personal and collective challenge.
He said GCI old boys had decided to take up the challenge and ensure that their alma-mater continued to provide the quality education it was known for.
His words: “It’s a waste of time going on the blame game.it’s going to be challenging but it’s a goal we have set for ourselves.”
Babalakin said quality education would come at a cost, adding that countries that had recorded landmark achievement sin various spheres of life had done so through investment in the education sector.
He said: “This year, we are going to be celebrating our 90th anniversary of rendering service to the nation. the theme of this year’ s anniversary is 90 years of service to the Nation.
“We are very grateful to the founder soft he school who created a model school in the western part of Nigeria in 1929. This school was founded on certain defined principles, one of which is that it basically is an assembly of the most gifted boys in the old Western Region, extending from the boundary of Nigeria with the Republic of Benin to as ab a in the current delta state .”
He further stated that one of the unique principles of the college were its traditions.
“These traditions were established and nurtured in the course of the school’s existence. For example, though we have a united front when acting for the school, we also have strong affiliations to our various Houses, which were four in number, up till 1947. The fifth one was established in 1973.
“The School ran a collegiate system where the Houses were independent in many spheres. Competition among the Houses was vibrant.
“Discipline too was a key quality of government college, Ibadan. There was great emphasis on rewarding hard work or success and there was sufficient penalty for bad behaviour. There were grades of House and school penalties for whatever offence were committed,’’ he said.
Babalakin said the college had produced outstanding students in all facets of Nigerian life.
He noted that not less than 15,000 students have graduated from the college since its inception in 1929.
It has been very difficult to decide the area of activity in Nigeria that we are going to celebrate because GCI boys have simply distinguished themselves in all areas. We have no less than 1000 old boys that are deserving of the award.