…mason college festac students…mason college was an offshoot of PASS TUTORIAL COLLEGE

There were many tutorial schools in Lagos. These schools were of varied acclaim and competence. Some were big, others were mushroom. Some were serious while many were jokers. One thing was however common to most of them-they made fantastic claims.

On the other hand, the serious ones amongst them, the achievers, hardly made any noise. Sometimes they didn’t even advertise themselves. This was because they were already known by parents and students who used them. Such schools included Top Tutors at Ilupeju, Schoolmasters in Ikoyi, Foucos at Ebute-Metta and Prompt Academic Studies and Services or Pass Tutorial College (‘PASS’) at Festac Town. This was why The Guardian paid a visit to this center of educational excellence.

Ask any graduate student in Festac Satellite, Agboju, Amuwo or Ojo Towns about Prompt Academic Studies and Services and he or she might wonder what you are talking about. However, if you remember the acronym ‘P.A.S.S.’ there is always an instant recognition. Over the years ‘P.A.S.S.’ grew to become a household word in the towns mentioned above.
‘PASS’ we were made to understand by its neighbors had come as a relief and blessing to residents in Festac and the adjoining towns who hitherto had to send their children far away from their homes for remedial education. ‘PASS’, to many of them was a dream come true especially because of their daughters and the iron discipline with which the school was regulated.

On getting inside ‘PASS’ itself, it looked like a well-organized faculty of a University. The furniture was of tasteful quality, the arrangement was orderly and all rooms had airconditioners! Above all, there was absolute control over students’ movements, chit-chat and bric-a-brac. Movement of students as well as that of visitors were controlled and monitored from entrance at the gate.

At the time of our visit, tutorials were going on for SSCE JAMB and JSS1 to SS11 students. Unlike in many Lagos Schools, there was evident self-control and courtesy on the part of students. The tutors themselves, dressed neatly and sounded very business-like. We began to wonder who was in control of all these. We inquired and gathered that ‘PASS’ was established by three Rotarian friends, Kayode Odumosu, Lekan Otesile and Bode Johnson. These Rotarians had decided to concretize some of the Rotary ideals they had imbibed. Since then however, other non-Rotarian friends had been invited to join them.
In order to gather more information on this centre of academic excellence we met Mr. Kayode Odumosu (an economist, a chartered accountant and a chartered secretary) who was one of the three founders of the centre.
According to him “since all of us cannot become the President of the country, or Lagos State Governor or the Chairman of Amuwo Odofin LGA at the same time, it was better for individuals to quietly appraise the situation and resolve within themselves on how best they could be useful to the community in which they live”.
But what about profit-motivation, we asked him. “There is no community-oriented enterprise honestly-originated and vigorously pursued with the desire to provide service that will not ultimately pay off” he replied. With regard to PASS itself this is what he had to say.

“At inception ‘PASS’ was catering for Secondary School Students and remedial candidates preparing for JAMB and School Certificate/GCE examinations. Gradually Primary school students sitting for the National Common Entrance and secondary students on holidays were added to the programme. Very soon ‘PASS’ shot itself to a leadership position amongst kindred institutions around Festac, Satellite, Navy and Ojo Towns. This was especially because of hundreds of admission of its students to Universities over the years. Furthermore, ‘PASS’ had evolved a culture of high moral standards amongst its students for their academic aspirations” he said.
Our further inquiries showed that there was no other school of its kind around the vicinity that had expanded and diversified in that manner within such a short space of time. On how this was achieved Mr. Odumosu added “We the proprietors have a paid a lot of dues. Personally, I have closely monitored the school since I left Christlieb Plc in 1989 (where he was the Group Company Secretary). In maintaining a high standard of academics, ‘PASS’ took care to engage quality teachers who had proven abilities to deliver the goods. The minimum academic qualification was the NCE for the JSS. Beyond this, however, a rigorous interview was conducted to ensure a close correlation between academic achievement and actual on-the-job ability and performance”. As one of the teachers commented after his employment interview into PASS ‘one would think the interview was for a United Nations job’.

According to one of the parents met and interviewed by the Guardian “Mediocre students would generally not like ‘PASS’ as it did not give them opportunity to display truancy. On the other hand, the serious-minded students and we the parents are ever grateful to the proprietors of ‘PASS’. The school’s achievements are evident to all of us”.

For the future, Mr. Odumosu was of the hope that the school would develop into a private secondary school to be known as “Mason College or Grammar School”. An application had been made to the Federal Housing Authority (F.H.A) as far back as 1989 for land for the school and a community newspaper sponsored by the school called ‘Mile 2 Herald”. The school already had a working Board of Trustees consisting of educationists, social scientists and a former Commissioner of Education in Lagos State. It was hoped that the F.H.A. would in future grant appropriate land to the school for the said purpose.

“The Guardian”


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LAGOS — There are indications that prominent marketing communications guru, Mr. Sesan Ogunro, Group Managing Director, Eminent Communications and Spot-On Media, might have been killed by a gang of small-time robbers who were out to steal cars. This could contradict speculations that his killers were hired assassins.  Police sources disclosed that findings from their investigations so far revealed that Ogunro was a victim of a robbery gone bad.

A source who spoke to Vanguard on anonymity, said a visit to the crime scene, interviews from eyewitnesses and intelligence gathered so far, pointed to the fact that the robbers were immature, and could not control their anxiety.

According to the source, “we’ve been to the scene and we’ve spoken to eyewitnesses. It is obvious that the gunmen were small-time robbers and nobody would have hired such as an assassin.

Target was his Mercedes Benz SUV

“Their target was his Mercedes Benz SUV, but they felt threatened when he threw the key at the floor and they shot him. I see no reason why they would have done such.

“When we visited the scene, we recovered the expended cartridge that was used and we believed that it was fired from a locally-made gun.”

Spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Ngozi Braide, a Deputy Superintendent, said the command was on the trail of the bandits.

In a statement, she said: ”About 22:42 hours on December 22, a distress call was received by the Alausa Division of the Police Command. It was gathered that four armed men operating in a Honda Odyssey attempted to snatch a Mercedes Benz ML SUV belonging to Mr Ogunro.

“The man resisted and threw away the key of the SUV, hence the armed men shot him. They abandoned the Honda Odyssey and escaped with a red Toyota Yaris car belonging to the wife, who was standing with him at the scene.

“The scene was visited immediately by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and a team and the incident was confirmed. The DPO also visited the victim at the Lagoon Hospital where he was receiving treatment, though in critical critical.”

She said none of the relatives had made statement on the incident.

The Police spokesperson explained that the Honda Odyssey was confirmed to have been snatched from somebody identified as Ali Balogun at Ebute-Metta at 8pm.

The owner was reportedly dropped off at Jobi-Fele Way in Alausa, Ikeja, from where she was taken to the station.

Braide said the police had begun investigation into the incident and the search for the fleeing hoodlums.

Vanguard further gathered that Ogunro sighted the bandits harassing his wife and children in the Toyota Yaris car they came in at the entrance of their church, the International Church of Christ, along Jobi-Fele Way in Alausa, where he attended a Christmas Carol service.

After the attack, the killers were said to have thrown out Ogunro’s son and grandchildren from the rear of the car before speeding off with it.

They were also said to have abandoned the car they originally came in, which is now in the custody of the police at the Alausa Police Station.

Our source also stated that the slain Ogunro was first rushed to the Lagoon Hospital on Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, before he was transported in an ambulance to the hospital’s headquarters in Apapa for special attention.

Ogunro shot with dane gun

”You know because he was shot with a dane gun, the pellets spread all around his stomach and perforated his internal organs.

Fashiola consoles family

Meanwhile, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, paid a condolence visit to the Ogunro family, describing the late advertising guru as a man with a truly restless spirit and master of his art.

Fashola, who was at Ogunro’s Ogudu GRA residence, was received by the widow, Mrs. Dupe Ogunro and the children of the deceased.

Some of the children present during the visit were Mrs. Damilola Gbadebo-Ogunro, Mr. Timayo Ogunro and Miss Fade Ogunro.

Fashola at the occasion added that his administration and indeed the Nigerian nation have lost a most resourceful personality who will surely be missed by all.

Said he: “On behalf of my wife, Dame Emmanuella, the Government and people of Lagos State, please accept my condolences and be assured that we are in prayers with you and members of your family for the peaceful repose of the soul of your husband and for the Almighty God to grant you the fortitude to bear this loss.”