By Mohammed Baba Busu
The Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers in Niger State, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has urged students of education institutions at all levels to facilitate the development of their alma mater.
Alhaji Abubakar spoke at the maiden Annual General Meeting of Sabon Gida Old Pupils, his former primary school on Wednesday.
The Etsu Nupe, who was represented by the Mayaki Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Aliyu-Maiyaki, said the current socioeconomic and political status of the old students would not have been possible without their former schools.
This, the monarch noted, was impressive for the old students to look back and pay back to those schools as well as their various communities.
The Royal father maintained that old students and alumni have critical roles to play in bolstering the infrastructure development of their former institutions, provision of facilities and welfare for their members of staff.
The Etsu Nupe further said that the responsibilities of funding education should not be left in the hands of government alone.
He, however, advised other old pupils of other schools to unite and restore the lost glory in education for the sector to move forward.
In his remark, the oldest pupil in attendance, who graduated in 1963, Alhaji Mohammed Dyadya, Rubwati Nupe, expressed gratitude to the organisers for bringing old pupils together to chart a new course for development.
An Interim Committee was constituted, headed by Mallam Musa Ladan the Dangata Nupe and Head of Administration, Federal Medical Centre, Bida, to champion the reunion and development of sabongida Primary School Bida.
Musa Ladan explained that it had become imperative to bring old boys together to find ways of taking back the structure temporarily occupied by Police Boys Secondary School.
He said it would also contribute meaningfully to the development of their alma mater.