BIFOBA N.A REUNION, ATLANTA 2010
On Saturday, July 24, 2010, bifoba, North American chapter, organized the third alumni reunion in Atlanta, Georgia. The event was held at Marriot Courtyard, Cumberland Center in Atlanta. Alumni, families, and friends across North America gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the past, review the present, and look toward a successful future for the Alumni Association.
Mr. & Mrs. Francis Van Lare – National President BIFOBA
Rev. Femi Morgan – President BIFOBA N.A
Mr. Foluso Adeyemi – Secretary BIFOBA N.A
Mr. Aliyu Oseni & Family– Financial Secretary BIFOBA N.A
Mr. Barry Adebowale – Auditor
Mr. David Lowo
Dr. Olumide Aderoba
Mr. Supo Jegede & Family
Pastor and Mrs. Homer Williams
Mr. Kayode Elutilo & Family
Mr. Idowu Etefia
Mr. Adeniyi Fagbamiye
Mr. Ademola Oduyebo
Mr. Toye Akinsanya
Mr. Segun Ogunbiyi
Mr. Daniel Ishola
Mr. Emmanuel Faneye
Mr. Adeyemi Adeduro
Mr. Babajide Osoba
Mr. Philip Ayodeji
Mr. Yemi Jegede
FRIENDS OF BIFOBA ATTENDEES:
Mr. Kenneth Sonukan
Mr. Kehinde Thompson
Mr. Kester Akomolede
In their respective welcome speeches, both Mr. Francis Van-Lare (national president) and Rev. Femi Morgan (president North American chapter) thanked attendees for coming to Atlanta for the reunion and for their moral and financial supports for the association.
Members applauded the national executives for their tenacity and achievements to date, especially with regards to the new block of classrooms for the school and for the successful 50th anniversary celebration of the school.
Old boys also commended Governor Babatunde Fashola for rising above politics in fulfilling part of his promises to BIFOBA for the construction of the new 21-classroom building for the school as a sign of his commitment in revamping the school’s structures.
- All members agreed that the National Association should work with the state, as a matter of priority, to survey, fence, and take full complement of what is left of the school’s landed property. This would prevent further encroachment of the school’s land and allow for secure school environment.
- That all temporary structures should be demolished. The school landscape and drainage system should be improved to eliminate flooding.
- That, other sustainable structures should be rehabilitated before the association embarks on building another School Hall or Event Center.
- That generally irregular power supply has hindered every facet of our national development, schools being exception. It was agreed by all that sustainable “power supply” for the school should be one of the priorities in order to have functional laboratories, water supply, security, and other essential utilities in the school.
- BIFOBA N.A agreed to embark on phased Solar Project for the school. This would provide adequate electricity to pump water, operate the laboratories/ workshops, perimeter security lights and operate other essential administrative office equipments.
- Finally, it was agreed by all that the association needs more financial supports from members and, also, that members should motivate other alumni across the globe to join the association. In addition, all agreed that members should donate to the school “endowment fund” online – and that no amount of donation would be too small.
Old boys praised the Atlanta Reunion Planning Committee for a job well done, and majority voted for Atlanta, Georgia to host 2011 reunion again.
After the speeches, suggestions, comments and agreements, old boys watched a slide presentation of the history of the school and a documentary about the “History of Nigerian Music”. Immediately after, dinner party started: all ate, drank, exchanged pleasantries, and socialized all night long.
In his closing remark, Rev. Femi Morgan expressed his gratitude to all attendees, especially family members who came to Atlanta to join in the celebration.
After prayer, the reunion was adjourned till 2011.