St. Michael's College old students task government, oil firms on school’s rehabilitation An appeal has gone to the Delta State Government and multi-national oil companies operating in Oleh, the headquarters of Isoko South Local Government Area to come to the aid of St. Michael's College, Oleh by addressing the deplorable condition of the school. Chairman of Class of 94 of the College, Engr. Owigho Omuabor made the appeal during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Reunion party of the Class held at Oleh on Friday. Engr. Owigho, who led other members of the Class on a visit to the school, lamented the neglect and deplorable state of the college and called on the State Government's immediate intervention in fumigating the school as accordingly to him, the classes were bats' infested and possess serious health risks to the students. "This was not the school we graduated from 28 years ago. Certainly, the school requires urgent attention in terms of infrastructures. “Most of the classes do not have windows and more significantly, no functional science laboratory and library," Owigho said. He also called on Heritage Energy operating in Oleh community and public-spirited individuals from the area to assist the school by providing a befitting science laboratory and library to promote science education and reading culture respectively amongst students. The Chairman of the Class of 94 who disclosed that the Class constructed and donated a block of toilets to the school with a brand new sumu machine to pump water, reiterated the Class’ commitment to continue to give back to the school as part of their contribution to promote quality education in the state. Engr Owigho, who also disclosed that as part of their 2022/2023 project, the Class would be embarking on tree planting including economic trees, to enhance the aestatic beauty of the school. Other projects highlighted included mindset mentorship programmes and painting of a block of class room. He commended the Chairman of the AGM Reunion organization Committee, Mr. Ivovi Aruoriwo and members of the Committee for organizing a befitting and well organized ceremony. The highpoint of the event was the presentation of awards to some deserving members of the Class for their various outstanding contributions as well as posthumous awards to the first Principal of the School, Chief Ubiogoro and another teacher, Mr. Charles Akpoghalino for their pioneering efforts in building the school.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated elder statesman and former Chairman of Ikeja Hotels Plc, Mr Goodie Ibru, as he clocks 80 years. 

Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Wednesday in Asaba, said Goodie Ibru, a quintessential administrator, pioneer President of The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), was a first-class business leader whose leadership credential was laudable and exemplary. 

He described the octogenarian and former President of Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) as a colossus, who bestrode Nigeria’s hospitality industry, and commended him for his giant strides in the sector which saw to the generation leading of direct and indirect employments for over 15,000 persons in the country at the time.

According to him, Ibru’s goodwill, strong convictions and unwavering commitment to humanity paved the way for his astonishing accomplishments in life. 

Okowa said “as the last of the Ibru brothers, your life resonates of a man who saw opportunity, grabbed it and made a lot of fortune in providing hospitality service to the people of Nigeria and we salute you enough for your great deeds. 

“As you join the octogenarian club, we thank you for your kind contributions to nation-building. It is my prayer that the good Lord will continue to uphold and guide you in all your endeavours. 

“As you mark 80 years today, we celebrate you and all that you have accomplished through your humble beginnings, hardwork and service to humanity. 

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I heartily rejoice with an elder statesman and investor per excellence, a perfect gentleman and a man of immense wisdom, Mr Goodie Minabo Ibru, as he celebrates his 80th birth anniversary. 

“It is our prayer that God will continue to protect you and grant you good health to render more services to mankind.”

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