Corps member donates e-library to school, trains 50 students

IT is often said that children are the leaders of tomorrow but in this clime, often times, it feels as though this saying has no iota of veracity due to the numerous challenges that constrain an average young person, most especially, those with dreams. However, this statement lived up to its full potential on Thursday, March 19, when young Seyi Akinbohun, a graduate of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko and serving corps member took a valiant step, which didn’t only reiterate the saying but also, validated it. It was inexplicable euphoria accompanied by a torrential down pour of accolades and prayers at Urban Day Secondary School located along Old Ife Road, Ibadan Oyo State as dignitaries, friends, family, colleagues, sponsors, students, teachers and well wishers gathered to experience the birth of a new epoch in the times of the school.

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This renaissance will go down in history and will be forever attributed to the tenacious dream and resilience of an NYSC/MDGs corps member volunteer, Seyi Peace Akinbohun who unlike the multitude, saw a problem but separated herself by not just identifying a problem but creating a solution. Today, the manifestation of her dream sits in the middle of the Urban Day Secondary School as an ultra modern electronic library facilitated by Seyi.

The commissioning of the e-library which took place on Thursday, March 19 was a gay event that took off at about 9.40am. Dignitaries in attendance were the Social Democratic Party (SDP) gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, who was the chairman of the occasion, the state NYSC coordinator, represented by O.C Opalifo, the Assistant Director, Community Development Service (CDS), Assistant Director of deployment and relocation, F.M Suleiman, O.R. Babatunde of corps welfare and services, the Air force commandant, O.A Adesanya, Zonal Inspector (ZI) of Ibadan North zone, Mr Jegede, Ibadan airport manager, Rita Osuagwu among others as well as Mrs Akinbohun, Seyi’s mother.

While giving the welcome address, Jegede, the ZI made it clear that a gathering as such as only possible because of the doggedness of a corps member. He appreciated philanthropists for buying into the dream of a young corps member and making it a reality. He also immensely appreciated the project by the NYSC state coordinator, O.A Akin Moses as well as the cooperation of the Oyo State Ministry of Education. He didn’t leave the microphone without acknowledging Engr Seyi Makinde of SDP for imputing into the execution of the e-library by solely sponsoring the project.

Chairman of the occasion, Seyi Makinde, in his speech emphasised the sad fact that education in Nigeria today is underfunded. Talking about what spurred his decision to sponsor Seyi’s e-library project he said “when I met Seyi on one of my numerous flights in and out of the Ibadan airport and she approached me about this laudable project, I didn’t not have any reservation or doubts. I just knew it is a project that should be supported. If anyone here listened to my speech at the governorship debate, I did say that education is underfunded. So how do we bridge the gap? By inviting interested stakeholders to participate in educating our children because they are the future. The first philanthrophical project I embarked upon was building a block of classroom for Bishop Phillip Academy in 2000. I so much believe that education is the only thing that can open a door of sustainable future to our children.”

Chairman, Seyi Makinde, commended the drive of the young leader and promised to donate air conditioning system and a generator set to the e-library which he believes will add enormous value to the life of students of the secondary school.

The principal of Urban Day Secondary school, Mrs Toyinbo Oluwakemi was oozing with gratitude as she gave her speech at the commissioning. She didn’t hide the fact that a modern library had been the heartfelt desire of students as well as teachers of the school. She described the corps member, Seyi as an angel that was sent by God to answer their prayers. Despite the fact that school is not her place of primary assignment, Seyi whose primary place of assignment is at the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, Ibadan, took it upon herself to make learning easier for the students of the Urban Day Secondary School. She said “this library will help our students to compete more favourably with their colleagues world wide and help them get information at the fastest speed because a school without a library is like a bird flying with one wing.”

Asides from donating the e-library, Seyi was able to train 50 students of the school through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) CDS group who also graduated on the. day of the commissioning of the e- library. All of these achievements however, did not come without challenges for the young goal getter. She said “I picked one of the eight goals of the MDGs which is to provide basic, universal education. When I looked around, I discovered the school was lacking so much modern facilities- a sick bay, toilets, potable water and so on but I decided to give the library topmost priority. The cost implication was about 5 million naira so I began to look for sponsors. I wrote over 40 proposals to companies and organisations but I met roadblocks and dead ends. It looked as if it wouldn’t happen. I then constructed a list of well to do individuals. The SDP gubernatorial candidate was the last my list but he became the first. He did what companies, organizations could not do.” Seyi made it known that there were a lot of obstacles and discouragements but she kept on.

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