The Ogun State Honourable Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Abayomi Arigbabu has felicitated the Governing Board, Management, Staff and Students of the Tai Solarin University of Education Secondary School, (TASUESS,) Igbeba on its silver jubilee anniversary celebrations which took place recently at the School.
The erstwhile Vice-Chancellor of the University while speaking at the School’s Valedictory Ceremony and Commissioning Ceremony of the School’s new Administrative Building which has Administrative offices and laboratories, School Buttlery among others, commended the dedication and hardwork of all members of staff urging them to do more in ensuring that the School continually maintains its place of pride among its peers.
He later laid the foundation of the new School Dining Hall while promising more support by the Government to the School.
In his welcome address, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof Wole Banjo noted that TASUESS has been making the University proud through her several brilliant outstanding performances in national examinations and various competitions.
He noted that the most recent of such performances was the 2020 WASSCE and NECO examinations where the School presented 115 Students and recorded 83% and 100% performance in 18 Higher Education Potential (HEP) subjects as against 16 subjects in 2019 with 83.5% and 98.3% in English and Mathematics respectively.
Prof Banjo further noted that the selfless services of the Chairman and members of the Governing Board led by Prof.Dele Sogbesan, the Management and Staff of the School under the leadership of the Principal, Mrs Beatrice Olaniyan were commendable.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor however charged the old Students Association of the School to adopt new strategies of partnering with the School system to achieve standard fame and greatness, to act effectively and ethically in their dues and responsibilities in overseeing the School’s mission and vision, enable fiscal integrity and enhance high educational quality.
“Let me use this opportunity to call on major stakeholders to contribute more towards uplifting the status of the School among its peers. In this regard, the Alumni Association should take the driver’s seat. Greater attention is required towards improved facilities development and monitoring of the performance of your School and lifting her into global standard and recognition”, Prof Banjo further added.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor who also doubles as the Proprietor of the School challenged the School’s Management on the need at this next level of its historic journey to network and collaborate to attract social and environmental benefits from all stakeholders.
The Chairman, Board of Governors of the School, Prof. Dele Sogbesan while speaking at the valedictory ceremony, noted that despite TASUESS giant strides, it did not brandish mighty physical structures: the Principal, staff and Students still did not have the world-class environment that the Board envisioned thus it pursued, despite the school’s lean purse to drastically improve structures and infrastructure including the total rehabilitation of the old laboratory block( to incorporate the Administrative office, laboratories, including the computer laboratory and mathematics laboratory) pledged by the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu.
Prof. Sogbesan also acknowledged the role of the State Government particularly it’s intervention in the erosion control in the School compound.
Also to add flavour to the anniversary, the School celebrated their 16th annual inter-house sports competition.
In her welcome speech at the ceremony which took place at the School’s sports field, the Principal, Mrs Beatrice Iyabode Olaniyan urged parents to allow their children and wards to take part in sporting fiesta as physical activities are avenues for the promotion and maintenance of good health.
“Through participation in sports, children develop physically, mentally, socially and emotionally which in turn improves the quality of life now and in adulthood”, she stated.
Mrs Olaniyan disclosed that three houses had been adopted by prominent members of the society. The White House was adopted by the family of the late Ayoola Banjo, father of the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Wole Banjo to be known as Ayoola Banjo House; Green House named after the Otunba Afolajoye of Ijebuland, the Executive Chairman, Aron Construction Company, Engineer Fatai Arowolo to be known as Fatai Arowolo House and lastly Purple House named after the Chief Executive Officer, ACO Properties Limited, a front line Real Estate and Property Company, Alhaji (Dr.) Rasheed Adenusi to be known as Rasheed Adenusi House, while the other Houses retain their former names except for Yellow House that changed from Principal House to School House.
At the end of the keenly contested, tensed and water soaking event, the White House (AYOOLA BANJO HOUSE ) won the competition, to li this year edition of the inter-house sports.
Other dignitaries that graced both occasions are the Acting Registrar, Mr Tunde Oduwole; University Acting Bursar, Mr Olubunmi Abdullah; University Librarian, Mrs Sola Oyesiku; Honourable Commissioner for Budget represented by Mr Idowu; The Oru of Imoru, HRH Oba (Engr.) Munirudeen Adeposi Bashorun; PTA Chairman, Giwa Mufutau Oseni; Engineer Otubuga, The Iyalaje of Ijebuland, Alhaja Fausat Akorede Alashe among others.