The President of Yewa (Egbado) College, Ilaro Old Students Association (YECOSA), whomis also Special Assistant to Ogun State governor on physical planning, Prince Babatunde Olugbewesa has challenged old students of the prestigious institution to join forces in the develop of the school.
Olugbewesa who said he is not oblivion of the present economic challenges in the country, said there is nothing too small that could be done for the college in the quest for its development.
His words: “While we sincerely commended members that have contributed immensely to development of the College through YECOSA, but we want to use this medium to implore other members who are yet to identify with and support their alma mater to please show interest in doing so.
He made these remarks in a press statement released by YECOSA’s National Publicity Secretary, Lukman Musa on the occasion of the school’s 72nd Founder’s Day today, 30th January, 2023. Egbado College, now Yewa College Ilaro was founded by people across Yewaland on the 30th January of 1951.
Musa quoted quoted Olugbewesa as saying that the association had to cancel a press conference to kick start activities for the celebration slated for Tuesday at the College premises, due to the current fuel scarcity in the country and the inability of Nigerians to exchange their old naira notes to the new ones as ordered by the CBN.
The YECOSA President observed that since the self-respect and self-esteem of the common Nigeria has come under severe attacks from a myriad of socio-economic, socio-cultural and socio-political uncertainties in recent times, it became imperative that those who have the opportunity to pass through the four walls of the Yewa (Egbado) College, Ilaro should come together, apparently to celebrate our Alma Mater’s 72nd anniversary with Pomp.
He believes that there is no doubt that the esteemed members of YECOSA have contributed immensely to the development of the school in the past three years, but there are still many grounds to cover.
Prince Olugbewesa said he is aware of the prevailing economic hardship across the country, and hopes “we can at least help offer support to our Alma Mater through YECOSA.
“This is because the number of members who are financially commited to the association falls awfully short compared to the number that registered as members.
“With the influence and input of those members that are yet to show interest in the development plan of YECOSA for the college, we are sure we shall achieve our ultimate plan for the school.”
The YECOSA President applauded the efforts of some individuals and organisations in the development of infrastructures at Yewa (Egbado) College Ilaro. Notably, Senator Tolu Odebiyi, the current Senator representing Ogun West at the National Assembly.
He described Senator Tolu Odebiyi as a partner in progress through his constituency projects. He said the distinguished senator has facilitated the Construction of an ultra modern sports arena and ICT centre; the renovation of classrooms and hostels for boys and girls; the provision of high capacity power generators among others.
Senator Tolu Odebiyi is the first son of the College’s first Principal in 1951.
Other donors and sponsors will be formally announced and appreciated at a special event on Sunday, 12th February, 2023 to climax our 72nd Founder’s Day celebration. It will be preceded by a joint faith Thanksgiving service at College’s Hall. Other activities lined up are Lecture/seminar for the students, Novelty football match between old students and Hospitality night on Friday, 10th February 2023. Inter-House sports and a grand get together is slated for Saturday, 11th February, 2023.
The Yewa (Egbado) College Old Students Association (YECOSA) is the umbrella body that brings together every alumnus and alumna of the college to ensure their welfare, individual and collectively, as well as to support the growth of the College.