Saturday 15th July, 2017 will be remembered for a long time, especially around the Elebu end of Oluyole Estate, Ibadan. ICAST School commissioned its ultra-modern 750 student capacity hostel and link roads.
The gathering that witnessed the commissioning had crème-de la crème of the society from the Deputy Governor to commissioners and representatives from the National Assembly as well as the academia.
Hon. Oladele George Olatubosun was there, Prof. Omitola of the Osun State University, a childhood friend of the school’s proprietor, Mr. Ademilua of the Chad Basin of the NNPC and Pastor Ibiloye, the Chairman of the School’s Parent-Teacher Association and many more were in attendance.
To ensure that there was no dull moment, the Nigerian Police Band provided good music. WOLE ADEJUMO was at the event and here reports:
Adeolu Akande Hit The Nail on The Head
In his keynote address, Professor Adeolu Akande, a former Chief of Staff to the Governor of Oyo State commended the proprietor of ICAST School for doing a marvelous job. “I have been involved in private and public universities in Nigeria over time and I make bold to assert that the infrastructure in this school will compete favorably with the infrastructure in many of our higher institutions particularly the private and public universities”, he pointed out.
Expectedly, Professor Akande showed his in-depth knowledge of Nigeria’s education sector as he spoke of the expectations as well as problems in the sector and solutions to some of them. He started by explaining why parents invest in the education of their children.
He also noted that “many Nigerians who received university education in the 1960s up till today still tell the story of how they had to choose between various job offers even before they wrote their final examinations in the university. The situation drastically changed with the economic slowdown of the 1980s and crystalized into a crisis in the early part of the 21st century”.
While stating that the objectives of education in Nigeria are not being achieved, Akande traced the cause to the fact that government at all levels fail to meet the United Nations recommendation of 26% budgetary allocation to the education sector.
What No One Else Will Tell You About ICAST School
Standing magnificently at No 123, Oyinloye Olawale Street, Off Elebu Road, Oluyole Extension in Ibadan is the edifice that houses International College of Arts, Science and Technology. Apart from the outstanding architectural design, the school’s vision of providing solid educational background is already being achieved.
The school was founded in September 2011 as a foundation school (from crèche through to secondary education) with divisions demarcating each levels; that is, separating the crèche from the nursery, primary and secondary schools.
ICAST boasts of well-furnished classrooms as well as well trained teachers. One thing that cannot be taken away from the school is the bond between the teachers and students; they relate as members of one big family. The staff well-being policy of the school’s management is one of the things that make the staff give their best.
ICAST boasts of a standard and well equipped science laboratory, a well-equipped ICT Centre and a standard sports complex as well as well-maintained and befitting school buses. And to compliment the good education from the school, ICAST has a standard and homely hostel which every parent would want for his or her children.
Incidentally, ICAST is not just about academics. Students from the school excel in sporting activities. A hockey tournament hosted by ICAST in 2014 was a proof of the viability of the school’s sporting facilities.
In ensuring the success of its students in their post-secondary education, ICAST partners with foreign institutions to study abroad.
It was double celebration for the Sanusis
For Engr. Dotun Sanusi and his wife, Joyce, it was double celebration. The commissioning of the new hostel building coincided with Mrs. Joyce Belema Sanusi’s birthday. Of course, the school had to be involved; Mrs. Sanusi is the Proprietress of ICAST.
When she was called upon to say something about the school and how it started, Mrs. Sanusi who was full of praises to God simply said “it was a call from God to go on this mission and here we are”.
It was a gathering of Commissioners
The commissioning of ICAST’s ultra-modern hostel was a gathering of Commissioners; past and present.
Pastor (Mrs.) Adetokunbo Fayokun, a former Commissioner of Education in Oyo State was the Mother of the Day while Professor Adeniyi Olowofela, the present Commissioner for Education was a special guest at the commissioning, so was his colleague in the Ministry of Lands, Honourable Isaac Ajiboye Omodewu. Honourable Toye Arulogun of the Ministry of Information too was in attendance.
Frank Talk From The Deputy Governor.
The Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Moses Alake Adeyemo doubled as both the guest of honor and the representative of the special guest of honor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
He pointed out the need for parents to understand that “the era of having everything for free is gone”. Otunba Adeyemo also stated that “Anyone who says there will be free education is deceiving us. Education has become very costly and no government can singlehandedly take care of education”.
While urging parents not to default in the payment of school fees, Otunba Adeyemo didn’t leave without a word for the students; “anything you do, do it with the fear of God. Obey your teachers, obey your parents and it shall be well with you,” he said.
He also took time to say a word of prayer for the management of ICAST. He said “any school that is built on the fear of God always stands. ICAST will continue to stand. God will continue to bless you”.
With Love From ICAST Old Students
Favour Sanusi, a daughter of Engr. Sanusi, the school’s proprietor, spoke on behalf of the old students of ICAST. Ms. Sanusi, who is growing into a cool, calm and accomplished lady pointed out that the school has defied cultural and language barriers to define what education should be.
She also mentioned a number of feats the school has recorded within six years, including being the best in Hockey in Oyo State in 2016 as well as maintaining a position in the top three schools in Mathematics in the state both at primary and secondary levels.
The present students too showed stuff …
Until that day, not many people knew that ICAST has a standing choir. The school choir rendered hymns to the admiration of everyone present. The school’s choreography group also drew great applause from the audience with their performance.
About The Newly Commissioned Hostel
That ICAST is ready for the next level is not in doubt. The school’s new hostel is a 750-student capacity building, complete with a sick bay and many other facilities. The hostel is carefully located in a serene neighborhood which every student will find conducive.
Why neighbors in Elebu are happy
The Chairman of the Residents’ Association in Elebu, Alhaji J.K Najimdeen did not mince words in stating that the whole neighborhood is happy to have ICAST around. “They came in 2011 and since then, they have done a lot. Sometimes I wonder if no one ever owes school fees because you can’t find ICAST students outside roaming aimlessly. They have also helped the community a lot. They fixed roads and the quality of materials they used, the Federal Government wouldn’t have done better.
ICAST Gives Elebu Road A New Look
As part of its corporate social responsibility, ICAST is working on a 3-kilometer stretch of road which will lead to the new hostel. The fully concrete road is being financed wholly by ICAST and its first phase was commissioned by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Alake Adeyemo.
Work is already on to ensure the completion of the second phase of the project soon.
Why Arulogun Did Not Speak
Hon. Toye Arulogun, fondly referred to as “Aruu Gbangba”,the sweet natured Commissioner for Information was about the only commissioner that did not speak or deliver a goodwill message at the event.
Arulogun entered the venue just after the Deputy Governor had delivered his address and in order not to cause a breach of protocol, the anchorman simply introduced him and moved on with the programme.
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