Unity Schools Old Students Association(USOSA) has announced its 31st Plenary/Annual General Meeting slated for Saturday, 26 November, 2016 at Kings College, Lagos.
With the theme, “Education, National Unity & National Security” It said, the focus will reflect the challenges that currently confront our country, adding, ‘’the sessions will address the state of our schools as well as the state of public education in the insurgency-affected parts of north-east Nigeria.’’
According to USOSA president, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, ‘’alumni from 61 Unity Schools/Federal Unity Colleges have registered to advance these goals- seek to mobilise skills, resources, and goodwill to channel investments into the schools, provide mentoring to younger alumni, grow their confidence, help young people into constructive existence and use our experience to foster meaningful co-existence among the diverse peoples of Nigeria.’’
He explained that USOSA is the network of Old Students Associations of the 104 Unity Schools in Nigeria.
Reiterating some of the objectives, he said: ‘’The Unity Schools, also known as Federal Government Colleges (FGCs) and Federal Government Girls Colleges (FGGCs), were established and are maintained by the Federal Government as a contribution to foster both skilled human development and national co-existence in Nigeria.’’
Going down memory lane, he disclosed that the oldest of these schools, Kings College, Lagos, was established in 1909, followed by Queens College, Lagos in 1927.
He added: ‘’In 1966, the Federal Government established the first three Unity Schools of the post-colonial era in Okposi (now Ebonyi State); Sokoto (Sokoto State) and Warri (Delta State)..
‘’Today, there are 104 Unity Schools all over Nigeria. These schools have become Nigeria’s most successful investment in human capital.
‘’Lagos State is host to some of the oldest and some of the best known Unity Schools in our country, including Kings College (Onikan); Queens College (Yaba) and Federal Government College, Ijanikin.
Established in 2006, it said, USOSA over the years has a membership of about one million alumni of the Unity Schools drawn from all over Nigeria and active in all walks of life within and beyond Nigeria.
Pointing out one of the objectives of the Association, it added, ‘’We are interested in outreaching this vast community, especially of the Diaspora, in order to make a gain of them while we still can.”
‘’We believe that the huge investment by Nigeria in these schools and their products deserves some pay-back, especially at this time when the country confronts existential challenges.
‘’For this reason, USOSA must foster fraternal relations among products of the Unity Schools to the end of seeking improvements in our public education system as a country and the overall good governance of Nigeria.