Federal Government College Ogbomoso Old Students Association, FEGOCOOSA, is set to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its alma mater on December 2, 2017.
The event, which will hold at KFA Event Centre, Lagos, is themed ‘Celebrating a Legacy of Friendship and Nation-building.’ It is projected to be the single largest event FGC Ogbomoso has ever had, which will bring together graduates from all sets since the hub of excellence was created.
According to Deremi Atanda, the Chairman, Publicity Committee for the event, Unity Schools in Nigeria are a proof that “education can be used as a tool to forge national unity especially during the formative years of children.” Therefore, the Old Students have decided to keep this vision alive, by bringing it to public consciousness that the value system across these schools has to be reinforced.
FEGOCOOSA has also drawn a five-year roadmap for coordinated academic and sports intervention programmes for the school. Some projects have commenced during the first phase of the 40th anniversary celebration earlier in October 2017.
Federal Government College Ogbomoso began alongside twelve other unity schools in 1977. It is one of the most vibrant of the 104 Federal Unity Colleges (FUCs) established by the Federal Government of Nigeria with a vision to foster unity among the various ethnic group, that exist in the country.
FGC Ogbomoso, fondly referred to as the ‘Crucible’ by members of the alumni body, has produced several industry leaders, that cut across the financial, oil and gas, entertainment and sports industry, to name a few.
These students, who were brought together from all over the country, have been able to form long-lasting relationships irrespective of ethnic or religious backgrounds.
Using the platform of the 40th anniversary, the old students have decided to partner with stakeholders to transform the school’s infrastructure, academic quality and sports life in a sustainable way.
Apart from having an opportunity to reminisce on school days and reconnect with old friends, the event will also be an advocacy platform for the government to restore the objectives of national unity through improved investment in unity Schools.