By Yusuf Akinlotan, Lagos
For sustaining quality Education, the Board of Governors (BOG) of Remilekun Legacy Schools has unveiled logos to mark the 30th and 3rd Anniversary of its Nursery and Primary School and International College respectively in Lagos State, South-West Nigeria.
Remilekun Nursery and Primary School was founded on the 1st of April, 1993 by the late Mrs. Florence Oduwole, while the International College was later established on 30th of September, 2020.
Highlighting on Wednesday, the activities of events slated for the Founder’s Day joint 3rd-30th anniversary billed for April 2023, the Chairman Joint Board of Governors, Mr. Olufemi Arabambi said it would be a whole year events beginning with press conference to unveil 3rd and 30th anniversary’s logos with former opening of commemorative photos, Arts& Culture, science and technology exhibitions.
He stated that a Joint – Inter-House sports competition of the two schools will hold in March at the Sports Complex of Igbobi College in Yaba Area of Lagos.
According to the Chairman, the anniversary will also feature an Inter-School Brain-Challenge Quiz/Spelling Bee contest with a power-packed symposium on participation in education delivery in Nigeria to be honoured by eminent scholars with acclaimed pedigree in the country.
Meanwhile, the grand finale is expected to feature a commemorative Tree-planting, dedication and commissioning of projects and Honour Award Ceremony.
Appraising the school’s sustainable quality education over the years, the Proprietor, Venerable Tunde Oduwole attributed the feat to his mother and founder of the Nursery primary school, late Matriarch Mrs. Florence Towobola Oduwole for the legacy.
“The late Matriarch Florence Oduwole was a woman with knack for quality and standards and she would never compromise it. She has great passion for children as she has been in the business since the 50s and 60s helping to set up schools for others until pressure from parents on her to set up her own and in 1993 she formally established the school.”
He added that “It is imperative for us the surviving children to continue to keep the flag flying, and that is the essence of the theme, sustainable quality education because we know government alone cannot run schools or offer education, but quality and verifiable partners should do that to support government and that is what we are doing.”
A major highlight of the Founder’s Day Celebration was the Cultural Day where the school pupils showcased the rich cultural diversity of ethnic groups in Nigeria and according to the Proprietor, Venerable Oduwole, Nigeria is one of the most fortunate countries in the world but unfortunately we have not been able to harness the diversity to the country’s Unit.
“We have such diverse resources in our culture, language, ethos and style as a nation and that is the secret of our strength as Nigerian people but unfortunately we have not be able to use that enrichment to better the lot of our nation especially in our political life.”
He was optimistic that with the coming elections, Nigeria will realize its potential and would wake from slumber to take its place among the community of Nation as displayed during the pupils’ performance.
The Tutor-General and permanent Secretary, Lagos State Education District II, Chief Mrs. Anike Adekanye who formally declared the program open, lauded the Chairman and the school management for the tireless effort on the organization of the Founder’s day celebration.
She urged the pupils and staff to continue to appreciate their culture stating that it is through that Nigerians can live in harmony as a community.
In her keynote address, the Tutor-General who was represented by Mrs. Odukoya said; “Our cultural heritage keeps our memories alive and it contributes to our growth in life and I want to encourage all the students and staff to endeavour to appreciate and feel proud of our culture because we don’t value it until we lose it.”
Guests who honoured the Founder’s Day event include; The Executive Chairman, Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. David Kolade Alabi, The Baale of Orile Adaranijo, Chief Ganiyu Olanrewaju Adaranijo amongst other eminent Nigerians.