Jextoban celebrates 20 years of academic excellence, godliness
IT was a celebration of God’s faithfulness and tremendous academic achievements at the 20th anniversary of Jextoban Secondary School, held recently at the permanent site of the school on Kilometer 36, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ibafo, Ogun State.
It was, indeed, a glorious ceremony as the school choir entertainingly engaged students, parents, teachers and guests in hours of praise and worship, celebrating the growth and development of the institution since inception.
Highly elated Chairman, Board of Governors of the school, Pastor Emmanuel Adedayo Ojo, who explained that JEXTOBAN is an acronym for ‘Jesus Christ Our Banner’, was full of surprises that a little journey of yesteryears had manifested into God’s greater glory.
“From a humble beginning on January 9, 1995 with nine students and nine teaching staff at 53, Demuren Street, Ketu, God has proved Himself true when He says ‘who can despise a day of small beginning’,” he said.
Recalling what prompted his zeal to invest in the sector, he said: “The decadence in the educational sector propelled us to wish to do something to alleviate the deplorable state of education. The situation whereby parents were always in anguish of heart due to the failure of their wards in West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) as witnessed in my days at the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), made me to ponder and think of serious intervention, hence the birth of Jextoban.”
“That we are what we are today is nothing but by the Grace of God, whose faithfulness has been wonderful. The journey has been faced with many challenges, but God has seen us through them all. Our vision of developing the total personality of the child through Christian virtues and values has been fulfilled in that majority of our products have gone out to prove their mettle in their various fields of endeavour.”
He continued: “We have also produced 12 First Class graduates in various universities, both local and foreign, and today we are currently operating at KM 36, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on a 4.074 hectares of land which is still under development. The boarding house system has proved to be home away from home for those that have passed through it. Our emphasis is to positively transform the lives of our students through Christian ethics and training and this has paid off through our dedicated and loyal workforce under the leadership of the proprietress, Mrs. A. O. Ojo.”
On his part, Director, Academic Planning Unit, University of Lagos, Prof Toyin Ogundipe who chaired the occasion, advised the students to endeavour and maximise their potentials.
He told them: “Everyone of you have potentials, all you need to do is to first identify it, hand it over to God for direction so that you can maximize it. When you are at the top, you become the topic. For you to maximise your potential you must know you have one. In the course of doing this endeavour to feed the flock- evangelise, sow seed, show love and appreciation to people around you, have special relationship with God, your Maker and run away from evil.”
Ogundipe who used the great success recorded in his career as a reference, urged the students to above all back their vision with prayer.
Earlier in his ministration, Pastor Segun Babatope, who enjoined students to embrace God in all their endeavours, stated that the Jextoban is a repairer of bridge where damaged life is being repaired.
A parent, Mrs. Yemisi Afolabi told The Guardian, that the school is good at transforming lives and impacting morals to children. “It is a Christian school and I have seen changes in my boy’s behaviour and the way he articulates himself in doing things and observing his relationship with God. In terms of academics, I’m impressed he has developed more confidence.”
Another parent Mr. Deji Alonge, said: “From my assessment, my daughter is good, interesting enough she is the head girl of for the junior secondary school, she is well behaved and God is helping us to train her.”
An SSIII student, Agboola Titilayo, described the learning in the school as “an overall and a complete training with Christian virtues just as our mission statement connotes.”