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The Yewa High School Orile-Agege Old Students Association has donated educational materials and renovated laboratories at Yewa Junior High School, Dairy Farm, Agege, Lagos State.

The association said the projects would support the state government’s plans to deliver high-quality basic education to pupils in the state.

The PUNCH reports that some of the projects donated include a well-equipped modern economics laboratory, a science laboratory, and tables and chairs for classrooms.

During the unveiling and handing over of the facilities to the school in Lagos on Tuesday, the President of the Association, Dr. Akindele Abdulrazaq, said the projects were for the good of the students and to help humanity.

He said, “We are not tired. We are still looking for ways to partner and enhance government performance so that we can build things not only for the benefit of the students but also for the benefit of humanity.

“Of course, the desire looked enormous ab initio, but because of our determination, we decided that projects like these are not too small for a junior secondary school. And this is not the end. We are still open to facilitating more projects.”

Speaking on the need for the continued existence of the association, Dr. Abdulrazak pleaded with the state government to facilitate the establishment of Yewa Senior Secondary School to enable the association to have a new inflow of members to continue to support government plans for basic education in the state.

He added, “The old student association can be enhanced when we have a continuous flow of members. The senior secondary school has been abolished since 2001. Some of us graduated 40 to 30 years ago. So our fear is that if we don’t have a new inflow, the association may go into extinction.”

Commending the association for the support and partnership, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Bolaji Abayomi, said, “Old student associations are an integral part of the development of any state because the government alone cannot carry the burden.

“To close the gap, this is why we need corporate organizations, individuals, and associations like this to come together to support the government. And that is exactly what you have demonstrated today. You have seen the need to partner with the government to promote education and the need to elevate Yewa from its present position to greater heights.

The principal of the school, Mrs. Bakare Aderonke, expressed her excitement over the completion of the projects and that they would help the students learn through a modernized environment and standard laboratory equipment.

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