MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Cybernetics International Services Limited (Oil and Gas), Sir Andy Isichei has commended Ezemu Girls Grammar School Old Students Association (EGGSOSA) Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha Local Government Area, Delta State on the celebration of the school’s 40th anniversary.
The Cybernetics boss who was represented in his capacity as the Chairman by Engr. John Onwualu, a Justice of Peace; at the occasion on Sunday at the College premises, noted that old girls associations of colleges in Nigeria over time, had not been in the forefront of projecting their Alma mater like the old boys associations.
He has therefore commended Ezemu Girls Grammar School Old Students for deeming it fit to come together with the sole purpose of enhancing the development of the College through financial contribution and provision of certain basic facilities.
While commending the pioneer principal of the college; Mrs. Irene Osamor for laying a good intellectual and moral foundation for the school, Isichei who was a one time Managing
Director of the Federal Government-owned National Clearing and Forwarding Agency (NACFA) noted that women are naturally endowed with the ability to make things work.
He has therefore encouraged Ezemu Old Girls to continue in their drive to ensure adequate provision of infrastructural development in the College.
According to him, “women are powerful influencers in every sphere of life, whether in the church, business or elsewhere. I would therefore expect Ezemu Old Girls and other old girls associations to leverage on their natural ability to influence those who would assist in developing their Alma mater.”
While commending the college for producing girls who are now well placed in their various professions both in Nigeria and in the Diaspora, Isichei urged government to pay more attention to the administration of public schools like Ezemu Girls Grammar School which he said used to be well equipped and staffed with well qualified teachers.
Speaking at the occasion, the pioneer principal of the College, Mrs. Irene Osamor who was visibly elated by the honour bestowed on her by the old girls, said
she was fulfilled seeing the “girls of 1980s now as women who are making waves in various professions both in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.”
She was full of praises and appreciation for the old girls even as she prayed fervently for God’s blessings to be their portion. The pioneer principal recalled the sub-standard
nature of the school environment in the earliest days and the concerted efforts of Ubulu-Uku citizens towards uplifting the standard to what it is in present time.
The Old Girls; a good number of whom reside outside Nigeria had taken time to be part of the re-union activities which began on 24th December, 2021 with “Walk 4 Life” and free Medical Outreach for the citizenry as a way of giving back to the society.
The Sunday event which was held at the Ezemu Girls Grammar School premises was well attended by sons and daughters of Ubulu-Uku including chiefs, business men,
politicians and officials of Ubulu-Uku Development Council led by its President, Sir Jonathan Monye.
The Programme which centred on the theme “For the girl child” was the maiden edition of the Old Girls’ re-union activities.
In her speech titled “The Story Behind EGGSOSA” one of the organisers of the event, Mrs. Doris Ochei pointed out that the gathering of the old girls was “a product of a dream that
started three years ago, where I reflected on the calibre of Old Girls of this noble school and it broke my heart that no standing association has been formed.”
She explained further that the concerted effort of a few of them eventually resulted in the present Association of the old girls.
Ochei added that “we the old students see this come together, as a Clarion call to give back to our school, our community, the great Ubulu-Uku kingdom and environment that nurtured and made us what we are today.”
As a way of enhancing the development of the College, the Old Girls whose agenda included building a functional ICT Centre for the institution
were able to attract no less than six million naira from invited guests.
One of the highlights of the event was honoring of some brilliant students of the college,
some outstanding former teachers and pioneer principal of the College with awards.