LOBATAN: MESSAGE FROM IJESHA PEOPLE  TO OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA REGARDING ILESA GRAMMAR SCHOOL DEMOLITION



Message from Ijesa people to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on his plan to demolish Ilesa Grammar School.
Finally, on July 29th 2017, Our precious school, the school that defined most of us will be killed off by none other than an Ijesa man, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. The executive governor that we voted for, our ‘son’ that we lost blood for. 

This task will be carried out by his newly appointed commissioner for education, the Ogun state born and Lagos bred Kola Young. 

How will he do it? He is moving all students to his newly completed Ilesa  Govt High  School and converting the Empire building to a vocational school. The vocational school will not be a part of his new school. There wont be any SSS students in any Ile Grams building anymore and effectively killing Ile grams and the dreams plus efforts of Egbe Itesiwaju in 1934. 

Can he do this to Oduduwa College? Will Aketi do this to Victory College? Help us beg Ogbeni that we are sorry for whatever offence the Ijesa might have committed against him in the past.. He should please let Ilesa Grammar School live!.
Just like Aregbesola demolished Fakunle comprehensive high school Osogbo to pave way for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu shoprite.
Ilesa Grammar school was founded over 70 years ago by a social group. Egbe Atunluse Ijesa’, Ilesa Grammar School, IGS is at Okesa, Ilesha, The School remains the most renowned secondary school within Ijesa-land. The aim and objective of its founders is to focus on maintaining the standard of education of Ijesa people and to bring good qualities out of students who will go through the school. Traits of excellence in the old students of the school are being passed from one generation to the other, even up till this time.

The laid down principle guiding the school has seen its students (past and present) becoming the best among their peers. They have become forces to reckon with in the society and in their chosen careers. The knowledge and discipline instilled in them while in IGS have gone a long way in shaping and guiding them in their day to day endeavour. And of course, it is an open secret in and around Ilesa that a common denominator for all indigenes is the core value and character, which incidentally tally with the school’s motto, ‘E HUWA OMOLUABI’. Ijeshas are known to be very hard-working and forthright in business. It is of note that IGS has produced a long list of top celebrities who are now icons in different sectors of the society.

Not many know that prominent personalities like Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God; is a product of the school. Same goes for Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, the first Executive Governor of Lagos State. Minister for health, Prof. Adewole, a renowned Gynaecologist was also a student of Ilesa Grammar School. Oba Adeteju Adeyeye, Ado-Oko of Ido-Oko in Ijesaland, Hon. Justice Salihu Modibbo Alfa Belgore, a retired Chief Justice of Nigeria, Prof. Ephraim Ayoola, Justice Kayode Esho, Alhaji Wahab Iyanda Folawiyo (late), Prof. Sola Adeyeye, Justice Oyeluyi Agbaje-Williams, Engr. Josiah Agbeja, Chief Bandele Aiku, Dr. Festus Ajayi, Justice Emmanuel Araka, Ambassador Akinola Ashimolowo, Engr. Emmanuel Awoyinfa, Mr. Tayo Ayeni, the Westown Hotel boss and Justice Ayoola and my brilliant Friend Awomolo Ayomide Samuel to mention a few are all old boys of the school. They have since become part of the success story of Ilesa Grammar School. They are all doing well in their endeavours. While many of the old students of IGS are based in Nigeria, some are living abroad, flying high the flag of the school.

One would not, but marvel at the facilities available at Ilesha Grammar School. It has a conducive learning environment. The academic blocks are well constructed, science laboraties boast of good training equipment. Most of these facilities were donated by the alumni of the school.
Ijesa people are regretting their support and vote for Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

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