‘Clearing the grass is only an inch step,’ Mount Carmel Old Students tell Abdulrasaq

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By Ibraheem Solahudeen.

The old boys of Mount Carmel College, Ilorin, (class of 2005) have commended the Kwara State governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for choosing the school as a platform to exhibit the well-publicized action of grass cutting following school resumption last week.

In a release signed by Ayuba Bashir, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the association, the Mount Carmel Old Boys said while they appreciate the ‘exemplary action’ of the governor, the gesture amounted to “an inch step in the journey of a thousand mile.”

The old students therefore called on the governor to help in renovating the delapidated structures of the schools which, according to them, would help foster the image of the college.

Read full statement below:



Your Excellecy sir, we write with most sincere intentions to acknowledge and applaud the exemplary action you recently exhibited by leading some of your officials in cutting grass at our alma mater, Mount Carmel College, Oloje, Ilorin.

The action, described by yourself as “community work” meant to inspire people to take responsibilities for government facilities located in their areas, has indeed not only caught the eye beyond the state, but also left a long-lasting impression of how to lead by example.

We cannot commend you highly enough for your unflinching determination and service in developing the education sector by providing enabling environment for teaching and learning in the state.

More so, we are overexcited by the fact that our dear Mount Carmel College was chosen as the educational institution worthy of a platform where this rare symbolism can be projected to motivate us all.

However sir, during your symbolic exercise and tour of the premises, the displeasing sight of some dilapidated structures as well as conspicous deteriorating environment of our beloved school would not have gone unnoticed.

While Your Excellency’s endearing effort to lead clearing of the fields has been significant and commendable, there is a general feeling, however, that a complete salvaging of the hitherto bad infrastructural condition of the college would be the icing on the cake.

Heeding your words on “taking responsibility,” we as old students of this prestigious school thereby feel the need to implore you, on behalf all concerned, to timely intervene in making the institution the college of our dream again.

As far as the present unpleasant state of this college, which has turned out sterling human resources centre across the country is concerned; clearing the grass, with all due respect sir, is only an inch step in the journey of a thousand mile.

Although, we must not gloss over the fact that you did mention you would “renovate and rebuild most of these schools,” permit us to stress out that we would actually appreciate that the college is specifically targeted as one of the beneficiaries of the actual work that speaks louder than words – total rehabilitation.

We beseech God to always guide you in paddling the affairs of our dear state and as you seek to deliver your campaign promises.

Ayuba Bashir,
PRO, Mount Carmel College Old Boys
(Class of 2005),

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