AUD marks Diamond Jubilee at Jumat service
ANSAR-UD-DEEN (AUD) High School, Falolu, Surulere, Lagos, has commemorated its 60-year anniversary with thanksgiving to Almighty Allah. The anniversary was held during the Jumat service at the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society Central Mosque, Ajao Road, Surulere.
Speaking during the thanksgiving to mark the anniversary the National President of AUD High School Old Student Association (AHOSA), set of 1977, Rafiu Williams, said the alma mater has had great impact on all the students who passed through the school.
He said: “The founders made a conscious effort to give the school more than a veneer ground for future captains of industry. This is why despite being a faith-based school, admission was not restricted to students of Muslim background but all, and this made our school become the exception to the norm. Our alumni have excelled immensely in their chosen fields of human endeavor, be it law, medicine, education, architecture, public administration, media, business, others. For this and many more, we are grateful to Almighty Allah.”
Williams further said AHOSA aims to become a formidable association, adding, “We want to keep supporting each other, provide for those who are retired, getting old and need support. In addition, we have a ten-year development plan for the school, which will cost about N300 Million.”
Williams also noted that AHOSA supports students of the school on a yearly basis during West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and National Examination Council (NECO).
According to him “We provide educational materials to them. We provide extramural coaching classes to show to the present students the values of education as well as the morals of life that must be upheld. We want them to know that there is consistency and reward for hard work and honesty”.
We also make available weekend classes for additional preparation for the WASSCE and NECO, and we have seen visible improvement in their examination results. We have also commissioned a sick bay for the senior school students, equipped the Home Economics laboratory, and we have improved the staff room. We donate infrastructures and other necessities for the school regularly. We recently refurbished the Biology laboratory with about N2 million. We have provided an ICT laboratory for the school twice. Also, another laboratory in the junior school was just refurbished and completed a few days ago. We have an N100 million project for the school this year. So, AHOSA’s achievements and targets are countless and we are a work in progress.“
The Chief Imam of AUD Central Mosque, Alabi Rafiu Aremu, who is the school’s Arabic and Islamic studies teacher and also a 1993 alumnus said: “We are grateful to Almighty Allah for thus far he has taken us. However, AHOSA is focused on reforming the school. We have a lot of schemes that have been established for the students to support them in their education.”
National Legal Adviser to AHOSA, Olatunji Sheriff, a 1982 set of the school, said the idea is to give back to the society that produced them.