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Govt College, Ughelli, old boys hold party

The Old Boys Association of Government College Ughelli, Lagos branch, will celebrate with eminent personalities from all walks of life on 6th December 2009, when it holds its annual end of year luncheon party.

The party has always served as a time for reflection on the state of the alma mater and the efforts being made by the Lagos branch of the association to assist the institution in its development and growth.

So far, the association has refurbished the school assembly hall, the two main classroom blocks and the library. Three of the six houses (hostels) in the school have been refurbished. They are: School House, Sapele House and Ashaka House. Forcados House has been slated for rehabilitation in the coming months.

The Lagos branch of the association has awarded scholarships to students of high academic standing.
Alhaji Bamanga Tukur (CON) is honouring the association’s invitation to be Chairman at the annual party this year. He is one time General Manager, the Nigerian Ports Authority, former governor, old Gongola State, erstwhile Federal Minister, now a frontline promoter of business across Africa, under the banner of the African Business Roundtable.

Tukur is a foremost nationalist and business guru.  Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, is the special guest of honour. Others are, Head of Federal Civil Service, Mr. Steve Oronsaye, High Commissio-ner of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the Chairman of Arik Air, Sir (Engr) Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide.

Government College Ughelli popularly referred to as the light house to the best Nigerian public schools has continued to play a prominent role in the Nigerian economy. Many prominent Nigerians had their secondary school education in the College. They include Gamaliel Onosode, OFR Chairman of Zain; Godwin Omene, the first Nigerian Deputy Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria; Major General David Ejoor (rtd), a former Military Governor and Chief of Staff, Army and J.P. Clark, renowned author and playwright.

Others are Captain Robert Hayes, the first Nigerian Commercial Pilot; Uncle Sam Amuka, Publisher of the Vanguard Newspapers; Nduka Obaigbena, Publisher of Thisday Newspapers; J.J. Akpieyi, the first Managing Director of the Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company and Olisa Agbakoba, erstwhile Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Highlights of the annual Luncheon Party include the award of the S.B. Agodo Medal for Distinguished Service to Government College Ughelli Old Boys Association; the receipt of the Lagos Branch OBA merit award by two illustrious Old Boys and the premier award of the Alfred I. Dibua Prize in Leadership and Development in the Educational sector.

The occasion will witness the Launching of the book, Government College, Ughelli Vision 2015, a documentation of the Lagos branch of the OBA as a visioning committee facilitated by a renowned and foremost Total Quality Consultant, Chief (Engr) J.J. Akpieyi.


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