Alumni all over the world fix problems in alma maters —STCOGA

The significance of alumni associations to the development of schools was the major focus at the inauguration of new executives of the Saint Theresa’s College Old Girls Association (STCOGA) at the weekend.

To encapsulate the importance, the incoming coordinator, Boladale Okanlawon, stated that “it will be a waste of time for me to begin to expatiate on how government funds have become grossly insufficient to maintain a good quality of education among institutions in Nigeria, hence our focus on possible third force to salvage what is left of the reputation of our dear school. Alumni all over the world fix problems in their alma mater. The alumni are genuinely a strong support to any institution.

Further in her acceptance speech, said she considers it an honour and great privilege to be given the unique opportunity to lead the association out of many illustrious and highly accomplished products of the great institution.

She added, “the election had come and gone and now is the period for us to face the real task of moving our association to a higher level of performance. I intend to, along with my team, frontally tackle the challenges facing us, for that is the only way we can truly be deserving of your sacred mandate.

“I have listed out four priority areas for my team; improvement on healthcare for students and members, expanded and enhanced mentorship, sponsorship and scholarship programmes for students to encourage excellence, welfare programme for all members through health insurance scheme and sustained membership base expression.

In spite of series of challenges, Covid-19 pandemic, economic downturn, bad security architecture amongst others, that had limited the activities of school groups and alumni associations, the Saint Theresa’s College Old Girls Association (STCOGA) has continued to brave the odds to move to the next level.

And in the spirit of continuity for positive developments, STCOGA has been able to ensure seamless transition in leadership since its rebirth in 2013 by inaugurating its third set of executives to steer the affairs of the organisation for the next three years.

Speaking on the inauguration of the new executives, a pillar of STCOCA, Revd Mrs Adebola Asuni, stated that it is worthy to celebrate the fact that despite the trending negativity around the country, the association had been able to forge ahead for the third inauguration of the association themed “STCOCA, moving to the next level of greatness.

In her speech, the outgoing coordinator and national president of STCOCA, Temitayo Ladipo, stated that the journey so far has been interesting and eventful, adding that “I remember with nostalgia our union night when we came on board in 2018, we came in with so much hope and fervour and we did our very best at ensuring that STCOCA stands the test of time. With the support of all, we were able to commission some projects for the chapter and class sets.

“We would have done more but for the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic that crept in on us like a thief in the night but we remained resolute. A couple of months ago, the activities of some members shook the association to its very core, testing our validity of purpose but we are indeed grateful to God and all progressive members because it has turned out to be an opportunity for us to be an opportunity for us to succeed and stand strong with our heads held high. We will continue to stand as one invisible group and fulfil purpose.

“I want to congratulate the incoming executive and you to keep the flag flying and even do a lot more than we did. We wish you a successful tenure and be assured of our full support. I hope today will birth a new dawn that will inspire ideas and ways of making STCOGA stronger and better,” she said.

 

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