By SEGUN FATUASE
LAGOS – Nigeria’s oldest secondary school, CMS Grammar School, Bariga Lagos, established on June 6, 1859, began a week-long anniversary celebration on Tuesday as the old boys under the Old Grammarians’ platform Society (OGS) rolled out the program of events and many projects that are scheduled to go live.
OGS President, Mr. Olu Vincent, while briefing reporters on activities marking Founder’s Day, acknowledged the commendable contributions of notable former boys including the late Otunba TOS Benson, Major General Henry Adefope, M Akintola Williams, late FRA Williams and Chief GOK Ajayi, among others, stressed that the old boys, with their passionate commitment, will continue to upgrade the facilities and make CMS Grammar School the “first largest secondary school in the Nigeria (which) will one day be the largest in Africa”.
While commending the dedication and commitment of the owners, management and all school stakeholders, Vincent emphasized that OGS worldwide will ensure the completion and commissioning of projects such as the multi-million naira digitization project with independent power supply using solar panels; the modern kitchen (both to be commissioned on June 6, 2023) as well as the modernization of the football pitch into a modern stadium in due course.
Projects already commissioned include an electronic library, a modern infirmary, an air-conditioned room with a separate 100 kva generator, a modern basketball court and an Olympic swimming pool.
“We are serious about making CMS Grammar School a model for others by returning to full boarding. This will enable students to have good character and achieve academic excellence and we will be able to control their time for meaningful and impactful activities,’ he added.
Vincent stressed the need for a culture of sustainable maintenance of school facilities and projects to ensure continuity.
Tuesday’s activities included a lecture titled: “The Role of Alumni” which featured many former students giving pep talks and advice to current students.
Other activities planned for the Founders Day celebration include Careers Day, Awards Day; lunch and thanksgiving service.