Total education defines ideal ‘Gregorians,’ says Abebe
A former President of St Gregory’s College Old Boys Association (SGCOBA), Dr. John Abebe, has highlighted academic, moral, spiritual and sporting formation as some of the qualities imbued in past and current students of the institution to guide them in their future activities.
Abebe, who was president of the association between 2012 and 2018, spoke at the 139 years anniversary of the college. He said the impartation of those qualities, under wonderful tutors, led by committed Catholic missionaries who were principals over the years, stood Gregorians out of the crowd and made students regard obstacles as mere challenges that would eventually help to bring out the best in them.
Abebe, a member of the 1964 set of the school, had during his stewardship, galvanised others to improve facilities and enhance infrastructural development.
The rehabilitation of the College Chapel, Football Field, and Cricket pitch, as well as the erection of a Grotto and the Monsignor Pedro Martins Laboratory Complex, were some of the many projects executed, during Abebe’s leadership.
Abebe, also a former President of the Nigerian Cricket Association, is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award of International Cricket Council for 2006/2007and remains the only African so highly honoured.
Established on March 12, 1882, at Igbosere, Lagos, as St. Gregory’s Grammar School, it was later relocated to Obalende, Southwest area of Ikoyi, Lagos, on January 27, 1928, and renamed St. Gregory’s College Lagos.