Publicity Secretary of the Association, Mr Ihechukwu Ibeji
The Global Alumni Association of the Federal Government College Warri Old Students Association (FEGOCOWOSA) has announced plans to celebrate the 55th Founders Day Anniversary of one of Nigeria’s premier unity schools.
The month-long physical and virtual celebrations will pay tribute to the founders of the unity schools’ system, advocate for a more-focused investment in the unity schools system and foster the bond of unity among members of the alumni association, especially within the context of the socio-economic challenges of the pandemic and the state of unease in the country.
Global President of the Association, Maureen Akpofure Awobokun noted that the celebration is worthy of note as over the past 55 years, the school has produced leaders who have played significant national development roles in the public, private and social sectors.
“We celebrate the 55th anniversary of a citadel of learning that has produced leaders who have made their mark in industry, government, the military and other sectors of the society. This is why in spite of the socio-economic impact of the pandemic, we are remembering the institution that built us and that has contributed to Nigeria’s development,” Akpofure Awobokun stated.
The Global President also encouraged members of the association to see the opportunity of the Founder’s Day Celebration activities as a silver lining in what has been a very difficult year. Awobokun asserted, “The last year has been extremely difficult for many of us. For an association that was built and sustained on our ability to physically meet and share moments with one another, the lockdown and social restrictions have challenged the essence of our association. However, let us use this celebration as an opportunity to honour the legacy of our school and the strength of our alumni network.”
The Publicity Secretary of the Association, Mr Ihechukwu Ibeji, noted that the Founder’s Day celebration will be a month-long celebration with activities planned to engage all stakeholders of the school. “We have planned a ceremony that engages all stakeholders in the school including students, staff of the school, and alumni. It begins with a Founder’s Day Poster Student’s Art Competition between February 1st – 14th and then a School Air Video Competition between February 10th and March 10th, with a grand prize of a ticket to South Africa courtesy of Air Peace, one of the sponsors of the events.
There will be a Founder’s Day Lecture and launch of the website on February 17th. The lecture will be delivered by Nims Obunge MBE DL, (Class of ’81), Community Leader and Independent Candidate for Mayor of London, United Kingdom. On Saturday, the 20th of February there will be a throwback to the social activities we had in school with a School Dance and Trivia Night. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) and launch of alumni intervention projects in the school shall hold in Warri on the 27th of February 2021,” Ibeji stated.
FGC Warri was one of the first three Federal Government Colleges established in 1966 by Prime Minister Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.