The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Macjohn Nwaobiala has commended the management and Parents Teachers Association (PTA), of King’s college for the prudent manner they have been managing the affairs of the college, especially its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
Nwaobiala who spoke to Journalists during the king’s college annual speech and prize giving ceremony held at the college’s premises said he was impressed at the level of infrastructural development in the college.
According to him, the level of development witnessed in the college was an indication that the Principal, PTA and School Based Management Committee (SBMC), of the school were prudent in the management of their IGR and other money made available to the school.
“I will rate king’s college very high in term of infrastructural and other developmental efforts. We have king’s college as a famous secondary school in the country. A lot of people don’t know that it is a public school, a school under the federal ministry of education because of the vision and reputation it has built over the years .The excellence in term of quality of education in the college was great “he said .
He also commended the management, staff and students of king’s college for the wonderful achievements recorded so far in the college, saying that it was pertinent to note that this time is time of stocking taking with view to re-strategizing on the way forward. Nwaobiala disclosed that he commissioned four projects earlier in the college before coming for the ceremony, stressing that he was pleased with the PTA making enormous contributions to the development of the college.
According to him, the four projects commissioned include, staff quarter, information and communication (ICT), laboratory 360kva Generator and children cutting salon. “It is particularly note worthy that PTA has been a great ally and major contributor to the development of the college. It is a well known fact that this college has remained the foremost federal unity school in terms of academic performances of students .This informed the high demands of admission into the college every year.
This indeed is commendable and urged the college to keep the spirit of hard work” he said. When confronted with the development in the school, especially those parents who protested against the school management, he said challenges in schools cut across the federal schools, that it was not peculiar to only king’s college, saying that all the unity colleges have problems because federal has a lot of contending demands from other sectors.
According to him, he was not disturbed by the their protest because as the permanent secretary of the federal ministry of education, he has all records of what goes on in all federal unity schools in the country ,stressing that all schools have well established procedure and structures for one to make his/her cases. “There is a very strong PTA in king’s college and I was expecting that those parents that protested would have gone through the right channel and procedure.
There is PTA and there are other structures, they should have channeled whatever their grievances are, through those procedures and channels. And when you constructively channel your grievances it would be addressed. I was not disturbed by their protest because there is a PTA and other structures to channel any grievance” he said.
He urged cooperate organizations and well to do individuals to assist government towards the development of schools in the country. Speaking during the occasion, the Principal of the college Otunba Dele Olapeju who was presiding his last speech and prize giving of the college as Principal, said that his tenure has witnessed a lot of transformations in term of infrastructure and academic development.
According to him, in the last five years he hold sway as the Principal ,the college had attracted more development than any other Principal in the history of institution and wondered why any person would like to tarnish his image when he has just four months to exist from the federal civil service.
He said that those who wanted to rubbish him, are people without the working and knowledge of federal government colleges in Nigeria, assuring that he would not allow the activities of the ignorant people to distract him from delivering quality education to the younger generation. Olapeju said that king’s college will always attract the best brains, saying that at the college every child is treated equally irrespective of family background.
He said as son of reverend Pastor, he has forgiven those who protested with the intention to force him on terminal leave, saying that the crisis in the college would be addressed bureaucratically to the benefits of the college. He thanked the PTA, parents and staff for the supports given to him all these years as the principal of the king’s college, saying that he hope that posterity will judge him favourably in future. The director /principal also urged the graduating students to be good ambassadors of the college where ever they go in life, saying that the King’s college has laid a good foundation in their lives.