Abeokuta- The former Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupeola Mujota, regretted the conspicuous absence of the leadership and members of the First Baptist Church, Ijaye, Abeokuta, at the commissioning of a Block of 5-Classrooms, constructed by the CocaCola Nigeria Limited, for the rehabilitation and modernization of the 108-year old primary school last Friday.
Honourable Modupeola Mujota, who was the immediate past Commissioner in the Education Ministry, had openly inquired whether the Mother Missionary of one of the oldest primary schools in Yorubaland, was officially invited to the Handing Over of the school to Ogun State Government and its commissioning by Governor Ibikunle Amosun, when she observed the immediate neighbouring Church was neither present nor represented.
She was informed by both the Chairman, School Based Management Committee, Alhaji Juwon Labode and the Headmistress of the School, that an official letter of invitation, was given to the successors of the Mother Missionary adding that, up till that moment, they were still being expected.
The former Education Ministry boss, who had recently been elected as a member of the Ogun State House of Assembly for Abeokuta North, said it was regrettable that the Church would not be present, in view of her previous efforts to for amicable settlement and deference to the innocent teachers and pupils of the school.
She expressed the hope that the Church, the Ijaye Community and Ogun State Government would appreciate what Coca Cola Nigeria Limited had done to uplift the First Baptist Primary School, as a partner in progress to the State Government and in fulfillment of its social, legal, and economic obligation to the Ijaye Community.
Responding to various commendations for honesty, hard work, compassion and altruism bestowed on her by the Staff of the Education Ministry, the Alumni of the school, the Balogun of Ijaye, High Chief Ganiyu Babayeju, the Chairman of School Based Management Committee, Juwon Labode and the Coca Cola Project Coordinator, Mr.Emeka Uche, Hon. Mujota disclosed that she would rather dedicated all the encomiums to Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who had always advised his Commissioners to think deep and well before taking any decision that would affect the future of the people.
She also called on other local and international companies to emulate Coca Cola as well as the former Managing Director of the company, Mr. Adebola Adetunji, an Ijaye indigene who facilitated the multifaceted Project, for giving back to the society in a big way.
She enjoined the primary school authorities to sustain the high quality of the facilities in the school to make them more enduring