DE-GROUP At 20: Through The Lens Of History

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De-Group was founded at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Saki satellite campus, now The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic in 2001 with the aim of building servant leaders, hence, it's slogan; "True leadership is servanthood"! The forum has been saddled with the responsibility of balancing qualitative leadership with servanthood leadership from inception. De-Group Socio-academic and Political Forum came into existence by coming together of some students of The Polytechnic Ibadan,Saki Campus who felt the need to change the political landscape of the institution at that time. The forum was established in the year 2001, few of the pioneer members include Busari Yakubu (Donbay), Koleosho Daud, Afolabi Ademola, Shokehinsi Lola, Adegoke Teslim among others. These people started deliberating on how to ensure the forum become a factor to be reckon with and bring about a change in the way student unionism is been run. Having realised the importance of the enormous task ahead of them, pioneer members started mobilising to gain the trust of the students and expand membership which yielded positive results in no time, as the group became the most sought after political group on campus. The forum started as a political group on campus with the motto 'No Retreat,No Surrender'. After a while it metamorphosed to a social-political forum with True Leadership is Servanthood as its motto. At this juncture the history of the group will never be complete without appreciating the efforts of the following distinguished indigene of Saki who stood solidly behind us and supported the forum to achieve her aims and objectives, for this we are eternally grateful to Alhaji Gani super, Late Alh Tijani (Tijafox), Alfa Rahman e t c. De-Group Socio-academic and Political Forum witnessed had its ups and downs. We have fought many battles, we lost some, we won massively too and all these was made possible by the collective efforts of all members of the forum. At this juncture, we remember some of our comrades who have lost their lives. May we all stand for a minute silence,may their precious soul rest in perfect peace. Amen. The forum as it stands today is still making significant progress in and around the world, and more importantly at The Polytechnic Ibadan,Saki campus now known as The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic. Our members are all over the county and in diaspora doing practically well in their chosen career. The forum parades astute businessmen and politicians who have contested for different political office in Nigeria and those that will still take a short in the forthcoming election. Ours is a forum that believes in excellence and distinction and we are working assiduously to change the landscape of politics and governance in the country.

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