By AWAYI KUJE
Keffi- Keffi Old Boys Association (KOBA) says it plans to spend about N1 billion to tackle the infrastructure deficit in its Alma Mater.
The President-General of the group, Mr Edward Ujege, said this at KOBA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday in Keffi.
KOBA is the umbrella body for the alumni of Government College, Keffi, Nasarawa State.
Ujege said the project was intended to create an enabling environment for teaching and learning in the school.
He said the group set a 10-point agenda for infrastructure upgrade, modification and improvement of the policy of running the college.
He said that to achieve the goal, his executive planned a fundraiser to be able to generate the money.
Ujege listed the projects to include improvement in water supply, electricity supply, security, feeding, beds, and mattresses.
Others are procurement of laboratory equipment and reagents, healthcare, renovation of dormitories, class-rooms and transportation.
He said that the association had made modest achievements since the inception of his executive in February 2019.
Ujege said the leadership had succeeded in getting a Secretariat and office equipment.
“We assisted in reactivating the water system in the college.
“We also created different social media platforms, such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Telegram to ease communication and information dissemination, among others,” he said.
Ujege further said that Central Bank of Nigeria, through its Deputy Governor Edward Adamu, had also executed massive reconstruction and rehabilitation of infrastructure in the school.
He said some of the projects included a new dining hall, Kaduna House, clinic, Katsina Ala House and science laboratories.
The KOBA boss said the group had continued to enjoy robust relationship with the State Government.
He said that the association had audience with Gov. Abdullahi Sule, with respect to giving a facelift to the school.
Ujege congratulated KOBA members holding various political positions in the country and wished them well.
He also appealed to members and other well-meaning Nigerians to continue to contribute to the development of the school.
Also, the Secretary-General of KOBA, Mr Sam Israel, while presenting the group’s annual report, thanked members for their relentless contributions to the development of the school.
Israel said the renovation, rehabilitation and provision of infrastructure in the school by the association and other people had helped to upgrade education standard in the school.
He also commended the governor for his support toward developing the school.
In a remark, the Principal of the School, Alhaji Audu Idris-Ohimege, thanked the association and other public-spirited individuals for contributing to the transformation of the school.
He gave assurance that the management would ensure proper use of the facilities, books and science equipment donated by the group.
The Chairman of Keffi Local Government, Mr Baba Shehu, said he donated science equipment to encourage the study of science education in the college and state at large.
Shehu promised to continue to support the development of the school.
Th News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that highlights of the event included the launch of the group’s almanac and donation of 1000 assorted textbooks to the school by the Abuja chapter of the association.
Also, the association observed one minute silence in honour of its deceased members, including former president, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Abisoye (rtd.). (NAN)
By AWAYI KUJE