New beginnings and achievements were the aroma in the air at the command day secondary school ojo cantonment.
The first valedictory, speech and prize-giving day being hosted by the new commandant of the school but of course not the first for the school as parents and dignitaries gathered in the new auditorium a project started by the former commandant and completed by the new commandant with the support of the Parents Teachers Association.
The retinue of gentlemen of the military ceremonially dressed for the occasion can only depict the love and comradeship shown to the host commandant Lt. Col. U. A. Ndana as he sends forth the graduating students. Some of the guest who graced the occasion were Col. J.J iferi, Col. J.O Are, Col. M. A. Ubah, Col B.A. Tsoho, Col A.E. Adegbole, Col. Omotosho, Lt. Col. C.P. Ugwu, Lt. Col J.J. Eduoku, the oniba Ekun of Iba town Oba yusuf Goriola Oseni 1, Engr. Paul Chijioke Okenwa to mention a few.
An uncommon feat and a record for the command Day secondary school were the completion of the administrative building, Lt. General K.T.J. Minimah school auditorium and refurbishing of the junior secondary classrooms within his 6 months as Commandant.
For one who is having his first stint as the commandant his achievements has brought a breath of fresh air to the school community and created an impression as a man of action communicating the message that it’s not business as usual anymore.
The procession marked the start of the program which saw the military band opening the ceremony with the national anthem and the school choir leading in the school anthem.
The cultural display of the different ethnic group was a thrilling highpoint of the event as the Igbo and delta cultural group wriggled their waist and danced to the delight of all and got parents from the tribes showing support by showering them cash gifts as they danced and some of the graduating students joined them on stage in their dance.
One dance people will not forget in a while was the Yoruba dance group who showcased the Eyo masquerade and chanted the Eyo chants reminiscent of the Lagos lagoon-side culture. The chants metamorphosed into praise singing of dignitaries and the traditional ruler present at the event.
Then there was a beautiful rendition of the song “You Raised Me Up by Josh Coban” by an ex student of the school and the school choir rendered the popular “Godwin song” by Korede Bello this got the graduating students and parents on their feet as it seemed a favorite of all.
Col. J.J. Iferi speaking with New Lagos Times Education said education gives an edge in the military and the world in general he advised the students to pursue knowledge and arm themselves with discipline.
The division education officer of 81division Col B.A. Tsoho said the school is unique in two ways in terms of the infrastructural logistics pointing out the new auditorium and the administrative block that was recently completed.
The program wrapped up nicely as it came to a halt with the vice principal admin; Mrs. Hassan taking the vote of thanks bidding all a safe journey to their various destinations.