By Ajibola Abayomi,
April 16, 2018
In fulfillment of his campaign promise to uplift and turn around the fortunes of Journalists International School (JIS), Arepo, Ogun state, the Chairman of Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Dr Qasim Akinreti has donated a bus on behalf of the Union to ease the operations of the management and support the pupils of (JIS).
The key of the refurbliished bus was handed over to the Chairman of the Journalists Estate Residents Development Association (JERDA), Mrs Olufunke Fadugba.
The idea of school was conceived during the tenure of Mrs Fadugba as chairman of Lagos NUJ.
It would also be recalled that her regime heralded the Journalists Estate that now houses thousands of Journalists across the country.
Making the presentation during Congress of the Lagos NUJ on Saturday, Dr Akinreti said the Union under his leader was committed to total transformation of the school.
Part of his vision for the school as he explained to the The LeadOnline was to face lift its structure to two-story building soon after consultations with the executive of JERDA and the management of the JIS.
Akinreti said the school remains the legacy of the fore bearers of Lagos NUJ as represented by Mrs Fadugba and his other predecessors.
In her response, Mrs Fadugba thanked the chairman for the gesture and praised him for fulfilling his electioneering promise to the JIS.
“I thank the Lagos NUJ for this gesture. It is dear to our hearts. Let me say that this is the first major commitment of the NUJ to the school and it is appreciated.
“It is good that this is happening and the impact of the Lagos NUJ will be put into the consideration when other things are being evaluated as proceeds from investments on the school.”
She seized the oppourtunity to inform participants at the congress that the JIS would be commencing admission into its Junior Secondary classes when the next academic session resumes.
“Let me announce to you that JIS is developing, by next session, the school will commence registration into the Junior Secondary classes. Please inform others to bring their children and wards to the school as we have raised the stake” Fadugba pleads.