By Ada Nwanagum
Founded 60 years ago, on January 8, 1958, Igwebuike Grammar School has not only bred individuals with outstanding accomplishments but also grown in leaps and bounds to be rated among the best in the state and environs in academics and sports.
The anniversary, which created an avenue for the old boys to reunite and reminisce on old memories, also featured a fund-raising for the Association’s numerous ongoing projects. Some of the projects included the completed ultra-modern school gate, the ornamental trees planted and the beautiful landscaping which were commissioned by the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, represented by the state head of service, Barr. Harry Uduh.
Barr Uduh, while felicitating with the school, commended the old boys for their leadership role and giant step to transform the institution. He promised the support of the state government in repositioning the school through the provision of quality infrastructure. He called on privileged individuals to always remember their Alma mater and make meaningful inputs towards their progress.
In her remarks, the commissioner for basic education, Professor Kate Omenugha, who commended the old boys’ efforts in transforming the school, also noted that education could only be sustained through the collaboration of all stakeholders.
The national president of Igwebuike Grammar School Old Boys Association (IGSOBA), Chief Nnamdi Nwobu, stated that the vision of the Association in embarking on the cerebration was to sustain the transformation of the institution. He stressed that the celebration would help engender effective collaboration between the Old Boys and the school and, thereby, stimulate upgrade of infrastructure and restoration the noble ideals of the founding fathers of the school, in the contemporary students.
Nwobu regretted the dilapidation of infrastructure in the school and ascribed it to the lack of maintenance even as he acknowledged the school’s giant strides in academics as seen in its products. He sought the support of all stakeholders especially the government towards addressing the challenges of poor infrastructure, dilapidated fencing and lack of teachers facing the school.
The principal of the school, Dr. R.U Anaekokwu lamented the poor teaching staff and massive infrastructural decay in the institution and commended the Old Boys’ transformation initiative. He further acknowledged the state government’s well-designed programme for the development of education, a programme, he said the school had benefitted immensely from.
A recent past student of the college, Master Anthony Umeh, was awarded a university scholarship for his outstanding performance in JAMB by an Old Boy, Dr. Kenneth Ezenwa. Receiving a HP laptop from IGSOBA, Master Umeh pledged to study hard to attain a great height.
Prizes were also awarded to students who exhibited academic excellence. Mrs. Chikodi Ifeanyi was rewarded as the best teacher in the school. Blazers for outing, books for school library were also donated by IGSOBA. There are also awards to individuals and classes who made significant contributions in the legacy projects.
The IGS 60th anniversary was rounded off with a thanksgiving mass at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, where Reverend Father Francis Chidume who represented Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor, charged people to engage in philanthropy to help in alleviating the plight of the citizens. He appreciated the Old Boys of Igwebuike Grammar School for initiating worthy projects and urged them to sustain the transformation of their alma mater.
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