By Frank Ulom
September 30, 2023, was a day to remember for students and teachers of Federal Science College (FEDSCO) Ogoja, Cross River State, following the visitation of the Alumni Class of 2005.
The old students donated a Table Tennis set, Chessboard, Scrabble, and renovated the indoor games hall as well as offered to pay full registration fees (including WAEC, NECO and JAMB) to the three best Senior Secondary, SS 2 students of FEDSCO, Ogoja.
This, according to Comrade Micah Ogbeche, National Coordinator, FEDCSO Alumni Class of 2005, was to give back to the institution that has impacted so much on their lives.
“Coming back here after 18 years to celebrate with you gives me joy unspeakable. I want to let you know that this 2005 set, as a body has decided that the best 3 students in SS2 right now, we are going to take care of their WAEC, NECO and JAMB registration fees,” Ogbeche said.
He added that the 2005 set will continue to celebrate with the students of Federal Science College, Ogoja in whatever way they can.
Engr. Ugbuchi, Senior Prefect of the class of 2005, said the sporting equipment, special lectures are a way of showing appreciation to their alma mata. “We came here and we saw that the sports facilities are so many, so we decided to do a little renovation.
“We also provided table tennis board, chessboard and scrabble for some of the indoor games that the students can come around and play, interact and relax. It is a way of giving back to the college which has impacted so much on our lives”, he added.
On his part, Mr Sylvanus Onah, Vice Principal (Academics), who represented Dr Ukpuho Bassey, Director/Principal of FEDSCO Ogoja, said he is happy that the 2005 set remembered where they started.
“I am so excited at the coming of the 2005 old students of the college, the words of advice, gifts presented to the college, and everything – all I can say is, thank you.
“It is always good to remember your roots because one good term deserves another. For other ex-students out there, I call on them to see what the 2005 set has done and take responsibility. They should come around, the students need them to be of encouragement, both in cash and otherwise,” he said.
Thanking the students, Mrs Ann Agba, Vice Principal (Student’s Affairs) said, “I want to say a big thank you to the old students, 2005 set,” adding, “You may not know the impact you have created here but time will tell.”
On behalf of the students, Chukwuemeka Daniel and Ogechi, Senior Prefects (Boys and Girls) said the gesture by the 2005 set serves as encouragement to them and will guide them throughout their studies and beyond.
The FEDSCO 2005 set also visited the orphanage, Divine Province Home in Ogoja and donated clothes and money to support the children.
The event earlier witnessed welcoming and get-togethers on Friday, September 29 and dinner and award night on September 30, where teachers and other notable people were awarded.
Those awarded include J. I. Sabe, A. J. Agabi, Ikani Inyambe, Olugu K. Kalu, Arc. N. T. Njor, and a host of others. Some notable alumni class of 2005 were also recognised.
Receiving the award, J. I. Sabe, Principal during the 2005 set said, “I am very happy to be with you, I thank God for everything. It was our dream for you to grow and I am happy for a moment like this.”
The celebration also featured visitation to the family of one of the 2005 set who lost his life and a Thanksgiving service at the FEDSCO Fellowship Centre on Sunday, October 1, 2023.