By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
In a bid to bring back the glory and unite the old pupils and those still still studying, the Sultan Bello Old Pupils Association (SBPA) has pledged to remodel and rebuild the institution.
Speaking at a reunion meeting held in the school premises last Saturday, the Interim Management Committee Chairman, who was later adopted, he and his cabinet members as substantive officials of the association, Eng Habeeb Bello, said that a whooping sum of N700m will be needed for the project.
Eng Bello, who decried the poor state and shape in which schools especially primary are in, said unless old pupils come together the standard of learning will remain appalling as those graduated from such institutions will remain substandard.
He said that the association had already taken a decision to also include entrepreneurship in February 2020 to the pupils in order to stimulate their appetite for self employment rather than on waiting on government or white collared jobs that are not available.
In her remark earlier, the Headmistress of the school, Hajia Safiya M. Hassan said that the meeting is aimed at proffering help not just in infrastructural deficit in the school but to help the management bringing back the school’s glory.
She decried the lack of conducive atmosphere as well as lack of adequate teaching aids as well as the lack of land for sports and other recreational activities in the school environment.
Speaking to newsmen at the sideline, former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Musa Elayo Abdullahi, said that the the present state of the school is an eyesore and is nothing like what the late Sardauna had sown for the growth and development of the northern region.
He said that the model which was drawn by former pupils of the school turned out to be one of the best models that can stand the test of time anywhere in the world.
He called on not just the old pupils but also the state and federal governments as well as parents and well wishers of the late Sardauna’s legacies to contribute generously to the project.
Representing his elder brother who was unavoidably absent at the occasion, General Abdulkadir Abubakar Gummi, said that most of the old pupils that attended the occasion came due to the passion for the revitalization of the school.
He said that the gathering is not just for fun but for cementing the relationship built over the decades as such meetings if held regularly will help in uplifting the standard of learning in the school.
The newly adopted members were inaugurated by the former minister of justice Musa Elayo and where charged to uphold the values of the not just the constitution of the association but make the school a model for others.
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