Former students of Merchants of Light School, MOLS, Oba, Anambra State yesterday in Abuja expressed worry over the decay of infrastructure in the famous Anglican school reputed to be one of the best in the defunct Eastern Region of Nigeria.
The old boys made this known at the inauguration of the Abuja branch of the Merchants of Light School Old Boys Association in Abuja.
Speaking at the occasion, chairman of the new branch, Mr. Nnodum Aziagba said the philosophy of the founding father, Dr. Enoch Oli, was to produce from the school merchants whose stock of knowledge is guided by light to be shown to the world.
He added that the school has left great mark of self-discipline on all students that passed through the institution who are now top businessmen, engineers, broadcasters, military officers and other notable Nigerians, including former secretary general of the Commonwealth of Nations, Chief Emeka Anyaoku.
“A visit to the school will show that the infrastructure has suffered untold neglect, to the detriment of the students who pass through the school. This gathering therefore will take heed that we owe it to posterity to give back to the institution that offered us a lot to bring us to where we are today.
“To this end, Abuja branch has decided that this inauguration will be a rallying point for members and their friends to focus on uplifting the learning environment in our Alma Mater,” Aziagba said.
He noted that government takeover of the school has not improved the situation in the school as the few infrastructure left have been neglected to an embarrassing point, considering the number of highly placed Nigerians that the school has produced.
In his speech, a former director general of Raw Materials Research and Development Council, RMRDC, Prof. Peter Onwualu, an old boy of the school said the old boys association and the Anambra State Government have been working to return the school to its former status as the famous school in the South East.
“The starting point is to get us organised and work together to return MOLS to its old days where excellent students were produced. We should mentor our students to bring the best out of them while attracting projects to the school,” Onwualu said.
In his inauguration address, the national president of MOLS, Dr. Levi Monanu said Merchants of Light School has given light to many Nigerians. He charged the new branch leaders to remain forthright in the goal of sustaining the legacy of the school and helping members of the association in their various endeavours.

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