The 1978 set of Government College, Ughelli, Delta State, has donated eight pneumatic manual water pumps worth over N4 million to the college.
They also donated over 100 copies of the books ‘Innovative Leadership’ and ‘How to Become a Millionaire” written by Mr. Jude Kakpobvia and Utoh Ohworieha, two members of the Class of 1978, to the college, and sister schools, Anglican Girls Grammar School and St. Theresa’s Grammar School, Ughelli.
The state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, who performed the inauguration of the water pumps, commended the old students of the college for their contributions to the development of the school.
Ebie, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Pius Omubaye, stressed the need for old students of schools to contribute towards the growth of their Alma Mater, saying government alone cannot do it all.
Also speaking, chairman of the Class of 1978 of the school, Dr. Akpor Mudiaga-Odje, said the project was embarked upon in the spirit of giving back to the school which he said had given so much to them.
He said: “This was where our educational umbilical cords were buried; and in retrospect, our fathers and mothers at that time, saw the light of Government College, Ughelli and they knew it was a school of unmatched and impeccable educational standard.
“While here, there were some things we were indoctrinated about, regarding the issues of culture, self-discipline, education, integrity, honesty and steadfastness. And having built all these things in us, we were pushed into the world and we saw how these virtues enabled us to soar and tower above our challenges.”
He explained that the reason for embarking on the manually operated water pumping system was as a result of the epileptic power supply.
On his part, President of the Warri Branch of the Government College, Ughelli Old Boys Association, Dr. Richard Obiuwebvi, reiterated the determination of the old boys to bring the school back to the standard it was during its golden era.