Kings College Lagos’ Management and Students Representative Council have organized a special session in honour of Alhaji Lateef Femi Okunnu, an old boy of the college as he celebrates his 85th birthday.
Peplnews reports that the event which was held at the Kings College Main Campus hall on Monday, had management, staff, Kings College Old Boys Association (KCOBA) members, students of the great college and those from invited schools as well as their teachers, turn out in their numbers to honour and rejoice with the ICON Femi Okunnu (SAN) in his 85th golden years of commitment, achievements, and fulfillment.
As part of the management recommendation, in line with its tradition of awarding an indigent student with a scholarship, the Acting Principal, King’s College Lagos, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Ibezim, in her remarks presented master Ogbonna Moses Chinenye, a JSS3 student, who will join the past awardees to be the recipient of this year’s award.
She said, ”these children who are beneficiaries of your scholarship scheme will forever be grateful to you, just like the entire staff and students of the college. The award has served as a means of promoting healthy rivalry among the students. We now as a result, have students who are more competitive in their academics”.
”Your wealth of experience and historical knowledge of the college serve as a link with the past and a viable tool to sustain the tradition of excellence, which the college has been known for in secondary education in the country. We will always rely on your support as you have often done” she reaffirmed.
Mrs. Ibezim in her tribute added ”you are indeed a great ICON and above all, we commit you into the hands of the Almighty God as you celebrate your 85th birthday”.
Speaking at the occasion, the president of KCOBA, Alhaji Ibrahim Iman, in his remarks stated, ” i am thanking the Almighty God for the gift of Alhaji Okunnu and for his service to our father, as well as his good health. We all join the students here as old boys association to celebrate the life of this great Nigerian”.
While addressing the issue of the college going forward, Alhaji Iman said, ”the old students association and the board of trustee want what is best for the students. He added, ”the students, management and staff are on the same page in making the college remain in a good shape as it used to be in those days.”
”We will now establish the board of trustee that will restore the standard of the college to what it used to be in those days, the trustee and old boys association are to keep this character of the college. We want the trustee that will administer the college and improve the standard of the college”.
Speaking on the issue of teaching staff salaries, Alhaji Ibrahim stated that it will addressed soon to ensure that no teacher of the college will earn less than 50 thousand Naira per month.
He concluded, ”we will achieve this and it will be to the glory of the college.”
The management, staff, KCOBA, students of the college and invited schools joined in wishing the Octogenarian a happy birthday as he cut his birthday cake.