THE Bols International College, Ipaja, Lagos State, celebrated in grand style, the best and overall graduating student of the institution, Miss Glory Iyewunmi Olufemi, who scored distinctions in the just released West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) results.
The occasion was the valedictory service for the graduating 2016/17 students of the college. According to the school’s report, Miss Iyewunmi Olufemi also scored 299 cut-off marks for 2017 JAMB and has got an admission to study pharmacy at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) during the next academic session.
In her address at the occasion, the proprietress of the college, Chief (Mrs.) Mobolaji Onitiri, with an impressive voice, declared to the cheering of listeners, students, management team and workers: “I read a write-up sometimes in which the writer is of the opinion that the beautiful ones are not yet born in Nigeria. I want to say categorically that the beautiful ones have been born and they are here in the Bols College.
“They are the new breed of Nigerians rising, a new generation bold enough to call a spade a spade, not minding whose ox is gored. Bols students have the fear of God, no wonder they are wise, for the Bible says ‘the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom’, young Nigerians that do not have the blood of corruption running through their veins. They are the heritage of the Lord, and are like arrows in the hand of the Almighty. They are the light in this 21st century each of these students have a dream. Let’s work together to help them realize their dream. Don’t do anything that will kill their dream.
Chief Mrs Onitiri retorted: “We stand on the verge of national rebirth. What we are having are the birth pangs of the new Nigeria. Do not allow this distract you. Stay focussed on the vision of a better tomorrow. That vision is only defined by our children.”
It is not a responsibility for government but for families. Lets stop the rape of tomorrow. Every time you assist a school with their bid in examination malpractice, you are raping their tomorrow. Every time you withhold the resources meant for the education of a child, you are raping their tomorrow. Every time you encourage your child to disregard the word of God and the rules and regulations of the school, you are raping their tomorrow. The time is ripe, the stage is set and the children have indicated that beyond what anybody says, there is hope for this great country. Our responsibility as a people is to give these children wings to fly by bringing them up in the way of the lord and giving them the best education money can buy.”
“Chief (Mrs) Onitiri also reminded the audience about the mission of the college: To produce patriotic citizens who will be future leaders and role models by developing and harnessing talents of a child optimally to use the advantage of his sound educational background, while the vision of the college is to be the foremost reputable citadel of learning in Nigeria with enduring culture of excellence.
Also speaking at t he occasion, the principal of the school, Mr. Kadir Taofeeq, gave his parting words to the graduating students thus: “Opportunities abound in the world, so get cracking and grab the world at your finger tips. Though, this parting goes against my heart. But it is a step towards the actualization of your goal. Therefore, don’t give up on your goals, dreams and aspirations. Really, life is full of challenges but you have to pay the price of getting to the climax. Remember that great men of today were ordinary people of yesterday. Strive hard to live a purposeful life and impact other people’s life with discipline instill into you. I wish you all success in your future endeavours.”
The principal, Mr. Taofeeq also disclosed that as from September this year, when the school resumes, a new syllabus would be introduced to teach vocational skills such as automobile repairing, computer engineering, barbing, weaving, hairdressing, leather, bags and belt making, beads making, cake making, tie and dye etcetera.