December 4, 2021

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Nigeria’s unity re-echoes as FGC Jos old students hold convention

Members of FGC old students association and invited guests at the association's 15th convention

Members of FGC old students association and invited guests at the association's 15th convention

Federal Government College (FGC) Jos Old Students Association, reechoes need to promote unity in spite of the country’s diversity.

By Cecilia Ijuo

Federal Government College (FGC) Jos Old Students Association, has reechoed the need to promote unity in spite of the country’s diversity.

The President of the association, Mr Michael Magaji, made this known at the  15th National Convention of association on Saturday in Abuja, with the theme, ”Nigeria’s Unity in the Midst of National Insecurity and Global Economic Downturn.”

He urged Nigerians to draw strength from the beauty of the rainbow, adding that Nigeria’s diversity is its beauty.

He further urged old students of federal unity colleges across the country to continue to promote peaceful coexistence for the advancement of the country.

“As students of Unity College Jos, we came from different backgrounds and were brought up to appreciate Nigeria as a country.

“We were trained to live together, to be peaceful, tolerate one another as well as believe in leadership and excellence.

“So at conventions like this, we would like to emphasise and project these values that are key to nation building,” he said.

On the need for support for federal government colleges, Magaji called on former students to imbibe the culture of giving back by embarking on projects that would uplift the status of their Alma mater.

“Old students of the Federal Government College Jos, Plateau state, have executed over 25 developmental projects in the College.

“Some of the projects include establishment of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) laboratory, libraries and the remodeling of 400-bed hostels, 200 for boys and 200 for girls,” he said.

The President General of Unity Schools Old Students’ Association, Mr Lawrence Wilbert, called for collaboration between former students and the federal government in the execution of projects.

This, according to him, would ensure a more coordinated process.

The guest speaker, Commodore Salihu Jibril, also reiterated the need for national integration.

While commending government’s effort, he said more needs to be done to promote and sustain programmes that encourage unity.

He called for a constitutional amendment to reflect the realities of the time while calling for good governance across all levels.

He said “If we are able to live together in harmony, then we can have national integration.

“The absence of national integration leads to insecurity because of suspicion, ethnic agitations, religious crisis that have bedeviled this country for long.

“If we are able to have national integration, tolerate each other and live in harmony, then there will be security in the country.”

A pioneer student of the school, class of 1977, Amb. Haruna Gilson, said the Federal Government College, Jos, which was established in 1973, has developed in terms of “quality of learning, students’ population and to an extent infrastructure.”

He called for collaborative efforts to meet the rising demands of federal schools across the country, particularly in the area of security and infrastructure.

The Principal of the school, Mrs Victoria Vou Pam, commended the old boys association for helping to make the school an envy among other federal schools.

She expressed appreciation for the huge number of projects being carried out by the association.

“I stand very tall with my head held high, having realised that the college has over the years turned out distinguished personalities.

“These people have carved a niche for themselves in all spheres of life in this country and abroad,” she said.

Pam, however, noted that although much have been achieved, there is the need for intervention in some areas.

She said there is the need for a multi-purpose hall, renovation of staff quarters and supply of computers, among others. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)