Present and Past Executives:
Mr. Kola Ogunyomade (73)
Immediate Past President
AACHSA (USA) 2002-2006 “Pioneer” Executives:
|Mr. Muyiwa Konigbagbe
|Mr. Dimeji Alade
|Mr. Kayode Kurunwi
|Dr. Joke Alade
|Mr. Taiwo Oladapo
Inaugural speech by First President of AACHSA, Mr. Muyiwa Konigbagbe
On June 29, 2002 a solemn and momentous event occurred in the history of Comprehensive High School Ayetoro. To those of us who witnessed the birth of the Old Student Association United States Chapter……it’s a new day.
Fellow Alumni, by your gracious co-operation we have elected Administrative officers to shepherd our course for the next two years. I was elected against my personal wish and desire to become the First President of AACHSA Alumni (USA).
The Office of President, I accepted in the interest of the school and those who are no longer with us. May their souls rest in peace. The business of the Alumni goes forward. The school we so cherish is confronted with economic affliction of great proportions. It now suffers from the longest and worst educational neglect in the history of Nigeria. It threatens to shatter the hope of current students as well as those coming behind them. I still believe in the place called Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro. Hurray!
We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow. And let there be no misunderstanding………we began the resurrection of our Alma Matar the day AACHSA Alumni (USA) chapter was born in Hyattsville, MD.
The total dilapidation now suffered by the school were results of neglect for several decades. They will not go away in days, weeks or months but they certainly will go away. They will go away because we as AACHSA Alumni now have the capacity as we have had in the past to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this Model School. Mr Obasanjo, then Military Head of State upon his maiden visit to Aiyetoro in 1978 proclaimed the school to be Nigeria’s Model school. I know what he saw and observed. “The Dream of USAID and Ford Foundation”.
What could have gone wrong in the last quarter of a century? I simply don’t have the answer but collectively we can find the answer. I am going to work relentlessly with Dr. Ireti Akinola who is the President of the ACOSA Association (NIGERIA) to achieve our goals.
In this present situation, the government is not the solution to the problems facing the school. Can we solve the problems confronting the school? Oh my God, the answer is an equivocal and emphatic “yes”. I have accepted the office of First President of ACOSA (USA) and with Gods help we shall turn things around. I am told that several subgroups are meeting or proposing ways to restore the school’s glory, and for that I am deeply grateful.
We are united in this effort and I believe God intended for us to be one strong body. UNITED WE MUST STAND. Martin Trepow– —- left his job in a small town barber shop in 1917 to go to France with the famed Rainbow Division of the United States Army. He was killed trying to carry a message under heavy artillery on the western front. We are told that on his body was found a diary. On the flyleaf under the heading, “My Pledge”, he had written these words: “America must win this war. Therefore, I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone”.
The crisis facing the school does not require of us the kind of sacrifice that Martin Treptow and so many others were called upon to make. It does require, however, our best effort and willingness to believe in ourselves, moreso to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; with Gods help we can restore the school to it’s Old Glory.
After all, why shouldn’t we believe that? We are COMPRONIANS.
Thank you and God bless.