Alumni body seeks to reclaim school?s land
The President, The Apostolic Church Grammar School Old Students? Association (TACGSOSA), Chuks Nwachukwu, has appealed to the Lagos State government and The Apostolic Church (LAWNA Territory) to help recover part of the school land allegedly sold to a developer.
He made the appeal on the sideline at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)/Golden Jubilee celebration of the school at the school premises in Ketu, Lagos.
According to him, the need for reclaiming the school land sold for residential purpose would help attract huge infrastructural development needed for the school?s proposed expansion.
Nwachukwu said TACGSOSA?s plan for the provision of a facility, including sports centre and cultural centre and school hall is being hindered by space constraint.
He said: ?It is a pity that the school is marking its Golden Jubilee with less than a quarter of its land left in its possession because our second generation fathers in The Apostolic Church LAWNA Territory have sold the school land for money and without any reinvestment of the proceeds back in the school.?
Nwanchukuwu lamented that the church stuck to its guns contrary to the agreement reached with the officials at the Lagos State Ministry of Education not to sell off the land. It has become obvious that the church has disposed off the fenced portion of the school land to speculators who are developing a residential estate on it.
Although he said the school has some standard facilities, he lamented: ?We are worried that a school of 50 years cannot boast of certain facilities, particularly a befitting school hall.?
?Our commitment to uplift the school is a commitment to ourselves and humanity. Apart from making us socially responsible, a good image for the school robs off on us as it ensures that we continue to rub shoulders with our peers from other school.
?We want the school to relate with schools abroad with exchange programmes that would help the students compete favourably, he added.
The church?s spokesperson, Elder Julius Adekunle Awotimiro however denied knowledge of any agreement with the government.
Awotimiro also described TACGSOSA?s claim on the sale of the land as fallacious.
?To my understanding, no part of the school land was sold to any developer. The school was only fenced off with two entrances to forestall its encroachment,? he said.