For renovating Agbeni Methodist Basic School, Ibadan, the lawmaker representing Oyo South senatorial district, Sen. Adesoji Akanbi, has continued to receive commendations.
Built by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the school, a three-storey building, which was commissioned on Monday, was in a state of disrepair for many years until Akanbi, who was also a member of the House of Representatives, decided to give it a facelift.
The school was not only renovated, new tables and chairs, white boards, staff rooms, toilet and other modern facility are now in place.
Commending the lawmaker, Presbyter of Methodist Church, Reverend Ezekiel Akande, recalled that the school had gone dilapidated, had leaking roofs, broken windows, sandy floors and collapsed fence.
He described Akanbi’s intervention as God send and liberating, noting that the poor condition of the school remained of concern to the church and community.
Daughter of the late sage who is the chairman, African Newspapers of Nigeria Plc, Reverend (Mrs) Tola Oyediran, who attended the school in 1945, saluted Akanbi’s intervention, tasking authorities of the school on maintenance.
She lauded Akanbi for bridging religious divides in carrying out his projects.
In his comments, Acting Executive Secretary, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr B. T. Ogunjimi, harped on the need for non-state actors to fund education to improve upon existing infrastructure.
In what she described as “open heavens”, Head Teacher, Methodist Basic School 2, Mrs Yerokun Anthonia, decried that pupils had abandoned some classes owing to leaking roofs.
Some old students who included Mr Babatunde Oyedokun, Mrs Orefuwa Ayanbadejo, Professor Boluwaji Ajayi noted that the building renovation was among ways of keeping alive Awolowo’s commitment to education.