We took over to restore Government College, Umuahia – Old Boys

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By Leonard Okachie 

The Government College, Umuahia (GCU) Old Boys Association says it took over the famous school from Abia State Government in order to restore its past glory.

The National Secretary of the association, Mr Nkem Egbuta and some members of the old boys made this known while interacting with newsmen in Umuahia on Saturday.

Class of ’83 Old Boys of GCU cutting their 40th anniversary cake at Golden Olives Resort. Umuahia.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was the 40 years anniversary and Annual General Meeting cum Reunion of the Class of ’83.

Egbuta, who is also the Class Captain, said that the school had dilapidated over the years before the Old Boys decided to take over and fight to get it restored.

He mentioned several great men the school had produced to include Chinua Achebe, Chukwemeka Ike, Ken Saro Wiwa, Gabriel Okara, Ben Enwonwu and Justice Tony Aniagolu of the Supreme Court.

Egbuta said that eminent past governors like Okwesilieze Nwodo, Achike Udenwa, Orji Uzor-Kalu, many senators and prominent people were products of the school.

According to him, a school that has produced such great men should not be allowed to die and that is why we decided to take over completely.

“We have begun from the scratch again, trying to restore those values that made Umuahia so prominent and by the Grace of God, we are on the path to achieving that,” he said.

Also, the ’83 Class Secretary, Mr Pius Harbor said that Old Boys Association worldwide were worried by the level of dilapidation and decided to engage the government in a very constructive way.

“We decided to convince the government to hand over the school to us, securing the territory and the boundaries which had somehow been tampered by encroachers.

“We set up a trust fund that is now running the school, ” he said.

Similarly, a Canadian-based filmmaker and member, Mr Pascal Atuma said that the association took over the school in order to give back to the society.

Atuma, who expressed gratitude for the reunion, said that different classes were now competing among themselves in terms of project execution in the school.

Other members including Mr Mba Ndubuisi, Mr Obinna Ejebi in their separate interviews said that the school is highly subsidized while more than half of the students were on the association’ scholarship.

NAN reports that the theme of this year’s AGM is : “Bonding, Networking, Adding Value and Building Futures.”(NAN)