GCI at 90

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To mark the 90th anniversary of Government College Ibadan Old Boys Association (GCIOBA), the alma mata has concluded plans to reintroduce boarding school system of education back with the renovation and commissioning of two halls -Powell and Carr, worth N300million in the school premises.

This was disclosed by the National President of GCIOBA, Dr Wale Babalakin, SAN, while addressing a press conference to kick start one week celebration, held at its national Secretatiat-GCIOBA house, Apata, Ibadan.

The renovated 300 capacity halls; Powell and Carr, with modern facilities, according to the Old Boys is expected to house 600 students as renovation work has reached completion level.

The anniversary is scheduled to hold between 12-19, October, 2019.

Babalakin, who was represented by the Chairman, Ibadan branch of GCIOBA, Engineer Femi Babalola disclosed that the College known for its establishment to set standard for education in Nigeria, is set to lead in that capacity again.

Babalola, who was flanked by the national social secretary, Yinka Adepoju, secretary Ibadan branch, Niyi Adeoti, assets management officer, Leye Falore and the current school principal, Tunde Odekunle, and other members conducted journalists round the school to have a glimpse of projects embarked upon by the Old Boys.

He stated that “the GCIOBA executive members had taken it upon itself to improve on the level of intervention of infrastructure development in the school.

“The college was set up on principle of boarding system of school and on a tripod stand; academics, sports and character.

“The GCIOBA over the years from its inception in 1930s has been playing a significant role in helping to sustain and maintain impeccable standards. The association is giving back to the school what the school gave to its members.

“At its 90th milestone, the faced and ambience are witnessing unprecedented welcome changes. GCI is alive and kicking and GCIOB’s ably piloted by past executives particularly the current one are taking the bull by the horn. The tempo of restoration is at high pitch. All hands are on deck. The GCI of our collective dream is becoming the GCI of our reality and it is not unrelated to our spartan discipline in the various houses in the formative years.”

Babalola listed some of the projects as school main field, fencing of the school, cricket gavel, health and wellness centre, asphalt laying of the road network within the school premises, rehabilitation of gate house, among others.

Some of the activities lined up for the 90th anniversary slated include public lecture, novelty cricket match, an Annual General meeting, drama presentation, presentation of awards, commissioning of projects among others

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