The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu; the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode; and his Delta State counterpart, Ifeanyi Okowa are among the dignitaries expected at the forthcoming national annual dinner of the Government College Ughelli Old Boys’ Association (GCUOBA).
The event, the sixth in the series of the rotational dinner that started in 2012 in Asaba, Delta State, will hold on October 7 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Briefing journalists in Lagos, the acting President-General Worldwide, Charles Majoroh, said the dinner is to bring the old boys together in celebration and to honour some of its deserving members. He said the event would also witness the launch of the 2017 edition of the association’s annual magazine called ‘The Mariner’.
According to him, the dinner would be chaired by Ambassador Christopher Kolade, a one-time teacher at the school in the early days and that the Coordinating Chairman, Council for West African Information Technology Professionals, Dr. Chris Uwaje would deliver the keynote address.
Majoroh added that the dinner would also enable the members to discuss the state of affairs of their old school and to look at ways of carrying out infrastructural development projects in the college.
He said the association believes that it cannot afford to toy with the future of its children; hence the need to provide an environment conducive for human habitation and learning is a priority. The acting president added that the old boys plan to provide an e-library for staff and students, rehabilitate the wood and metal workshops.
“Emphasis on our interface with the school is largely on the cherished culture and traditions that built the reputation of the school and the character of the students that went through its portals.”
At the event, he said iconic alumni would be conferred with lifetime achievement awards. Those to be honoured are: Amb. Daniel Omatsone (class of 1948, Jan), Amb. Edward Martins (1948, Sep), Mr. Frank Longe (1948 Sep), Prof. Olu Akinyanju (1949), Chief Amos Olaniyan (1949), Engr. Guy Otobo (1950), Prof. Obaro Ikime (1950) and Dr. Titus Okereke (1951).
The alumni that will be honoured posthumously are Mr. Ignatius Atigbi (pioneer class of 1945), Chief Gray Longe (1945), Mr. Emmanuel Awala (1947), Mr. Samuel Okudu (1947), Mr. Meshack Akpe (1947), Mr. Sam Akpe (1949), Prof. Alfred Opubor (1950) and Senator Fred Brume (1955).