MEETING OF QSI CLASS OF ’80 HELD ON SUNDAY, 7TH FEBRUARY, 2010
- Omotola Akinola (Peters) 1. Toyin Sanni (Adeboye)
- Sola Popoola (Esan) 2. Titi Adekoje (Babalola)
- Funke Opayemi (Byron) 3. Bunmi Akingba (Ajibade)
- Ete Ambah (Tuoyo) 4. Lola Amao (Onadeko)
- Oyeronke Oyetunde 5. Seyi Sanjo-Bankole (Lawale)
- Abimbola Dada (Oyetunde)
- Adeyinka Adefope (Oladiji)
- Tokunbo Fagbemi (Ijose)
- Abisola Longe (Adelekan)
- Funke Ojuri (Adegoke)
- 1. COMMENCEMENT
The formal part of the meeting started at 3.50pm. Prior to this, members ate lunch. Opening Prayer was said by Sola Popoola (Esan).
- 2. INTRODUCTION
Funke Ojuri (Adegoke) as the member attending for the first time, introduced herself stating marital status, her husband’s name, number of children, children’s names, what the children are presently doing and where, present occupation/profession, place of work etc.
- 3. ELECTION
Majority of members don’t want elections to hold now stating that there was no need for that as the main objective of the group for now is to do a Project for the 30th Anniversary.
- 4. 30th ANNIVERSARY PROJECT(S)
All the contributions made by distant members by email/telephone calls were considered in addition to contributions by the members at the Meeting and after much deliberation, it was agreed as follows:
- Our Vision – To restore QSI to its past glory.
- To achieve our Vision, our Mission will be in two phases – long term and short term.
- Short Term:
- To provide water supply to the Hostel being presently occupied by the Boarders and to the Toilets in the School area.
To put this into effect, Bimbola Dada (Oyetunde) will mandate a Plumber who does similar Projects for NEPA, to go to the School to assess what will be needed for this purpose. He will assess the existing structure and tell us if what’s on ground can be revamped or we’ll need to do put a completely new water system in place.
Funke Opayemi (Byron) (came in late) also offered to get her brother who is in construction and lives in Ibadan, to visit the school for a similar assessment and give us a feasibility report.
Members agreed that depending on the Report we get back, we’ll know if there is a need to change the toilets as well.
- To supply the School with Computers & internet network connection.
We will take advantage of Lola Amao’s (Onadeko) offer of fairly used Pentium 5 Computers. This will be loaded with the usual Microsoft packages and members also insisted that Encata should be included.
Regarding Internet, MTN apparently has an Internet project called ‘Schools Connect’ that they install in Schools. For QSI to take benefit from this, Oyeronke Oyetunde advised that the Oyo State Ministry of Education will have to write to MTN to request for ‘Schools Connect’ to be installed in the school. Oyeronke promised that once this is done, she will follow up at MTN since she works there. Ete Ambah (Tuoyo) also offered to follow it up using connections she has at MTN.
- Hiring of Teachers.
The house agreed that we can’t afford to hire the kind of good Teachers for Maths and English suggested by the Principal. This is because we will need to pay such good Teachers about N50,000 per month. Yinka Adefope (Oladiji) and others agreed that NYSC Teachers will be a good substitute. Members then agreed that we should urge NYSC office, through Bunmi Olubowale (a set above us in QSI) who works with NYSC, to ensure that a good number of Teachers are posted to QSI. We should insist that such Teachers must have Education degrees in the subjects they are going to teach especially Maths & English. Yinka Adefope was mandated to contact Bunmi Olubowale.
- Members also discussed the need to mentor the girls at length. Bisola Longe (Adelekan) offered to be involved with this. This will be discussed further at the next Meeting.
Funding for the Project was discussed and suggestions were that we’ll probably levy every member a certain amount and each individual will then decide how to raise the money. The idea of a fund raising dinner/event was raised but was not encouraged as this usually involves spending a lot of money first which may not be recouped.
- 5. PROJECT HAND OVER DATE
It was agreed that we don’t necessarily have to hand over the Project in June. We could look at sometime in September for this. Reason for this is that it will probably be more practical for the workers (for the Project) to work while the school is on summer vacation. This is not a firm decision however as it will depend to a large extent on what’s actually involved in the Project and how soon we can mobilize funds for this.
- 6. FINANCE
Until we can open an account in the name of the Association, it was agreed that Omotola Akinola (Peters) will dedicate one of her accounts for the collection of dues. She will also open a domiciliary account in Pounds and Dollars for the purpose of collecting dues and levies from those abroad.
The following members paid their dues:
- Bimbola Dada (Oyetunde) – N20,000
- Bunmi Olayisade (Ebofin) – N25,000 (paid as 100GBP)
- Bunmi Akingba (Ajibade) – N20,000
- Sola Popoola (Esan) – N20,000
- Bisola Longe (Adelekan) – N20,000
- Ete Ambah (Tuoyo) – N20,000
- Tokunbo Fagbemi (Ijose) – N20,000
- Yinka Adefope (Oladiji) – N20,000
- Omotola Akinola – N20,000
- Funke Opayemi (Byron) – N20,000
- Funke Ojuri (Adegoke) – $160.
- 7. APPRECIATION TO THE HOSTESS
Yinka Adefope (Oladiji) gave the vote of thanks to Chief Gbola and Mrs Omotola Akinola on behalf of the members, for the sumptuous lunch provided.
- 8. CLOSING
The Formal Meeting came to a close at 5.45pm.
Omotola Akinola (Peters)