By Elizabeth Uwandu
As part of activities to mark the 160th Founder’s Day anniversary of Nigeria’s oldest secondary school, CMS Grammar School, Lagos, over N18.2 million worth projects are set to be commissioned come June 7.
According to the President Old Grammarians’ Society, OGS, Barrister Adedapo Fashanu at a press conference on Thursday, said that there was no greater time to celebrate the school that has continued to produce old boys that have ranked amongst the best in the world and have been pioneers in different fields of human endearvour in Nigeria.
OGS President said, “The theme of this year’s celebration is, “The first and the greatest.” And series of events such as community hymn singing at the Cathedral Church of Christ; an art exhibition tagged, “ Portraits of grammarians in global development,” speech and prize giving day; novelty football match; career talks for students; thanksgiving service and luncheon have been lined up in commemoration of the event.
“There will also be celebrations in the various chapters of the old grammarians’ society in Ibadan, Abuja, the United Kingdom, as well as the United States of America. “he said.
On his part, Revd. Sunday Sofekun, the current principal of CMS noted that the Missionaries gave the motto of the school as “nisi dominus frustra” extracted from Psalm 127, meaning “Without God, we labour in vain”, based on Macaulay’s vision enshrined in CSM mission was to raise a bunch of boys who would be “spiritually deep, morally sound and academically endowed” enough to shape public opinion and raise standards anywhere they found themselves after graduation.
Sofekun said, the school has been restored to its glory since returning to the Anglican Missions in 2001, after it was taken over by the government in 1978, through the efforts of Old Grammarians’ Society (OGS), Lagos Anglican Schools Management Board(LASMAB), and Parents Teachers Association(PTA).