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ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR ADEMOLA JACKSON NURUDEEN ADELEKE, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF OSUN STATE

At the Osun State College of Technology (OSCOTECH) Alumni Reunion, Saturday October 21st 2023, London (United Kingdom)

All protocols as observed.

Distinguished Guests, Honoured Alumni, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is with immense pleasure and gratitude that I stand before you today, as the Executive Governor of Osun State, to address this esteemed gathering of the Osun State College of Technology (OSCOTECH) Alumni. It is also a great privilege as the Visitor to the institution, as bestowed on my position as the Chief Executive of Osun State.

Apart from this, OSCOTECH remains a legacy left behind by my late brother of blessed memory, Alhaji Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke. I believe in continuing the works of those before me and taking care of necessary upgrades and maintenance. I am also committed to completing unfinished projects in our local governments and across the state.

This reunion is a testament to the enduring spirit of togetherness and shared commitment to the advancement of education, not only in our beloved state but also across the world.

I hereby extend my heartfelt gratitude to the organisers of this momentous event. Your dedication and tireless efforts in bringing us all together, despite the distances that separate us, are commendable. Events like these serve as beacons of unity, reminding us of the bonds forged within those hallowed walls of OSCOTECH.

I would also like to express my deepest appreciation to our distinguished alumni who have travelled far and wide to be present here today. Your presence embodies the essence of the OSCOTECH spirit - one that values excellence, collaboration, and lifelong learning. Your successes in various fields stand as a testament to the quality education and character-building instilled by this institution.

The significance of education in the transformation of societies cannot be overstated. It is the cornerstone upon which progress is built, and institutions like OSCOTECH play a pivotal role in shaping the minds and talents that will shape the future. As we gather here in London, it is a poignant reminder that the knowledge and skills acquired at OSCOTECH have transcended borders, making positive impacts on a global scale.

Today marks a significant milestone in the life of Osun State and your dear institution. We gather here in London to celebrate the growth and achievements of our state, as well as the strong bond between you and your alma mater.

We are also here today to celebrate our shared history and look to the future as committed stakeholders in service to humanity. Therefore, let us reaffirm our commitment to the values that define us, which are integrity, excellence, and service to society.

In my capacity as the Executive Governor of Osun State, I am acutely aware of the challenges that our educational institutions face. The demand for quality education continues to rise, and it is our duty to ensure that our institutions are adequately equipped to meet these demands. I am committed to working tirelessly to enhance the infrastructure, faculty, and curriculum of OSCOTECH and other educational institutions in Osun State.

Furthermore, I recognise the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors in achieving sustainable progress. I call upon the alumni, who have excelled in their respective fields, to join hands with us in this endeavour. Your expertise, networks, and resources are invaluable assets that can help elevate our educational system to new heights.

As we look back on the years that have passed, we cannot help but be inspired by the incredible accomplishments of you, our graduates. Many of you have excelled in your respective fields, becoming leaders, innovators, and change-makers, thereby making us immensely proud. Your achievements reflect the quality education and values instilled by OSCOTECH and its management. You should take the lead and inspire future generations. It's touching to see familiar faces and hear inspiring stories from our alumni since their time in the UK.

But today's gathering is not just about nostalgia or accolades; it's about strengthening our ties and forging new ones. We need your guidance and support to excel in education, health, agriculture, economy, and social infrastructure. Your experiences and insights can help us adapt and evolve in a rapidly changing world.

We urge you to give back not just financially, but also through mentorship, collaboration, and representing our state and the OSCOTECH ideals. Your association with us is a lifelong commitment, and we want you to be an integral part of our journey as we shape the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

We are here to celebrate the enduring spirit of this institution and the remarkable individuals it has nurtured. Our institution has always strived for excellence, and it is through the dedication and hard work of our alumni that this vision has been realised. Each one of you, our alumni, has played an indispensable role in shaping the legacy that we proudly uphold today.

But beyond the accomplishments and accolades, what truly sets our institution apart is the sense of community and belonging that it fosters. The bonds formed within those hallowed halls endure, transcending time and distance. It is heartening to witness the close relationships among you, and it is a testament to the enduring impact of your alma mater.

As the Visitor to your institution, I have appointed Hon Diran Odeyemi, a Prince from Ibokun as the Chairman of the Governing Council. He is my representative and must ensure the smooth running of the college. Further to this, I also pledge to continue my unwavering support for OSCOTECH, ensuring that it remains a beacon of knowledge, a hub of innovation, and a source of inspiration for all who pass through its gates.

In conclusion, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all our alumni for your continued support and dedication to our institution. The future of OSCOTECH is brighter because of your presence and your unwavering support. You are the living embodiment of our motto, and you make us proud every day. Let this reunion remind us of what we can achieve together and motivate us to aim higher in the future. Let us use this convention as a platform to reconnect, reminisce, and recommit to the shared values that define us. May it also serve as a catalyst for a renewed commitment to the ideals that OSCOTECH stands for.

As we reflect on our collective journey, let us not forget the values that OSCOTECH instilled in us - integrity, innovation, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Let these principles guide us in our endeavours, and let us continue to be ambassadors of positive change, not only in Osun State but throughout the world.

Thank you, and may God continue to bless Osun State and its people.

Senator Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke

Executive Governor of Osun State

October 21st, 2023