……as Keyamo donates laptops to school
By Debra Akudo
Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for robust collaboration between the stakeholders in the education sector, the Parents Teachers Associations (PTAs) as well as Old Boys Associations with a view a to evolving ways of moving the sector forward.
Governor Okowa made the call during the 50th anniversary celebration of 1970 Class of Government College, Ughelli, Old Boys Association in Ughelli on Tuesday.
The Governor, who was represented on the occasion by the State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, said it had become imperative for such synergy considering the value it would add to the sector.
He reiterated his administration’s commitments towards revamping the critical sectors of the economy, particularly the education sector, adding that various programmes such as the mentoring and back to school test programmes were aimed at reinvigorating the spirit of commitment among students for them to embrace ways through which they could add value to their lives and the society in general.
Governor Okowa, who stressed the need for schools to expose the children to various sporting activities, stated that it was necessary for all schools to form Old Boys Associations, just as he stated that an advisory and mentoring committee would be headed by traditional rulers .
He disclosed that five-three bed room flats for staff quarters for Government College, Ughelli had been awarded, adding that the mentoring programme would also help to address academic challenges among students.
The Governor lauded the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), for donating laptops to the college, adding that he would ensure effective measures were taken to see that they were put into judicious use
In a welcome address, Chairman of the Entry Class of 1970 Old Boys of the College, Mr. Paul Gbemre, paid glowing tributes to their former British Principal for impacting positively on their educational foundation, adding that the drive to give back to their alma mata and thus inspire the younger generation of students of the college to be active with their studies informed their initiative to renovate the Assembly Hall.
Earlier in a goodwill message, the President-General of Government College, Ughelli, Old Boys Association, Architect Charles Majoroh, said that the Old Boys Association had been supported financially by SPDC, Pillar Oil and other multi national oil companies to fund some projects in the college.
He noted that the old boys had continued to avail themselves of their personal connections to assist the college.
On his part, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Barr. Festus Keyamo, who is an old boy of the college and one of the ten awardees, emphasised the need for all old boys of the school to use their positions in the society to add value to the college, adding that as part of efforts to give back to the school, he donated 100 sets of laptops to Government College, Ughelli, and Urhobo College, Effurun, in order to enhance information technology among students .
The Minister, who spoke on behalf of other awardees, commended the old boys of the college for finding them worthy of the recognition even as he pledged their commitment to do more for the school.
Highpoint of the ceremony was the lunching of their Magazine, The Mariner.