Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia
The 1978 set of Methodist College Uzuakoli, Old Boys Association (UMCOBA), has embarked on building of a multi-million naira administrative block in the college to replace the old one.
Principal of the college, Very Rev. Best Okike stated this while speaking to our correspondent at the end the association’s 18th biennial conference at the premises of the college.
He said many old boys, sets, and the association itself had embarked on numerious projects and rendered various services aimed at improving the standard of the college.
According Okike, who is a member of the association, the college which was founded by Methodist Missionaries in 1923, was still facing other challenges to its general growth.
“The college still has many needs: the most pressing now is having a JAMB Centre to serve this zone. Next to that is the need for wooden beds for the boarding students at the castle,” he argued.
In his address on the occasion, the National President of the association, Navy Captain Chris Osundu (Rtd), commended the members who had used their offices to attract projects to the college.
“It is true that times are difficult and our members are facing economic challenges as indeed most Nigerians, but the can do spirit we learnt in the college should enable us keep our heads above water,” he added.
Similarly, the chairman of the occasion, Group Captain Onyeabo Eze expressed satisfaction with the rate of development in the college since it was handed back to the church by the Abia state government.
He noted that under the leadership of the principal and with the cooperation of the association, the college was on tract to regaining it lost glory as a pacesetter among its peers in the country.
In his speech on the occassion, the Chairman of Bende Local Government Council, Chief Gabriel Elendu reiterated the commitment of the council to providing quality education in the area.
He appealled to the Abia state government to post staff to the multi-million library which his family built at Alayi, saying the library was inaugurated by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu last year.
The two-day event also featured a lecture by Prof Hardy Onyeuchu and award of honours on distinguished members of the association who included HRH Igwe Abel Nwobodo, Victor Agbugba, Jude Chukwuma, and Okoroji Onoh among others