- Set to celebrate Silver Jubilee in August
In giving back to society, the Old Student Association Class of 1996 of the Federal Science College Ogoja Cross River State, has donated a borehole to their alma mater.
The FEDESCO alumni, broke the jinx of water scarcity in the arid environment, after a delegation visited the school for an on-the-spot assessment of the state of their alma mater and returned to the group with a damning report of infrastructural dilapidation and unsavory living condition of the current students of their once beloved Institution.
According to report, academic activities has seriously been under threat owing to scarcity of water, a situation which has left students trekking long distances and wait for hours on end just to get water, which is a necessity for life.
In a statement made available to newsmen, the Alumni’s revealed that the situation is a far cry from what the school gave them, especially as it treated them like Kings and Queens.
The statement read: “It broke many a heart of the FEDSCO ’96 alumni, as they recalled with nostalgia the days of yore. Sadly though, this tale of woes has become our national culture, with many public institutions either needing a facelift, in a state of complete disrepair or totally unfit for human habitation – but are still being inhabited by our leaders of tomorrow, for want of a better alternative. You will recall that FEDSCO Ogoja is one of only two Federal Science Colleges in Nigeria, with the other one located in faraway Sokoto in Northern Nigeria.
“And after months of travelling to and fro Ogoja in Cross River State – location of the Federal Science College – It is a breath of fresh air to havethe students breathe a sigh of relief, as they now enjoy clean drinking water without the torment of journeying outside the school premises for water as was the case.” It added.
In appreciation, the Principal of the school, Mr. K. T. Famuyibo thanked the alumni for their thoughtfulness “Your intervention in water supply has indeed moved the College one step forward in the committee of model Schools in Nigeria. Thank you for investing in the present and future generations of learners in Federal Science College Ogoja”.
The FEDSCO ’96 alumni revealed that the appreciation from the principal has really invigorated and primed them for more humanitarian initiatives. The water project may seem like a drop of water in a mighty ocean of needs currently facing the school, but it has no doubt gone a long way to put smiles on many a face.
“It is on this note that the FEDSCO ’96 alumni reiterate Neil Armstrong’s world-renown quote, when the astronaut made headlines on the 20th of July 1969as the first human to step foot on the moon, ’that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!’
“This gesture of love and camaraderie by the FEDSCO alumni would go down the annals, as a record-breaking giant leap in restoring the lost glory of public institutions in Nigeria and we expect more of such from various alumni of our public schools. Indeed, nation-building is not the responsibility of government alone – it is everybody’s responsibility.” it said.
However, the alumni in the wake of affairs, has revealed plans to celebrate its Silver Jubilee scheduled for August 2021, it is on this note that they are however calling on generous patriots, family and friends of FEDSCO to join them in celebration, an event which they revealed will encapsulate the business of making Nigeria great.