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GCU Class Of 1970 marks golden jubilee in Delta

By Alex Monye
15 February 2020   |   3:02 am
Old students of Government College Ughelli (GCU) Class of 1970, recently marked its Golden Jubilee at Warri, Abraka and Ughelli, in Delta State, Nigeria.

A cross section of members of the group at the event

Awards Members, Commissions Newly Renovated Assembly Hall In Ughelli

Old students of Government College Ughelli (GCU) Class of 1970, recently marked its Golden Jubilee at Warri, Abraka, and Ughelli, in Delta State, Nigeria.

The four-day reunion, led by its Chairman, Mr. Paul Gbemre was filled with fanfare.

It began with a special thanksgiving service at the Anchored In Christ Fellowship Church, Jeddo, Warri. The service was attended by top dignitaries, including Chief Albert Akpomudje (SAN), Chief Moses Odibo and others. Also, Matthew Aghomi, Victor Akpoguma, a lawyer, Mr. Donald Ovweredjor and Mr. Dan T. Ekoko, gave testimonies of the wonderful things God has done in their lives

In his opening speech, Gbemre, said: “Fifty years ago, about 113 students started the race to build the association and 29 of our members did not make it celebrate this Golden Jubilee as a result of death…”

He said over the years, they have become captains of industries, political leaders, grandfathers, and responsible fathers because they were serious with their studies.

Pastor Cleverson Gbegbaje, while advising the current students, said the future of the country was in their hands.

He said for students to be successful, they must be well- cultured and hard-working. He also charged them to pray for God’s guidance and be diligent in their studies to be worthy ambassadors of the college in the future.
As part of the celebrations, there was a two-day retreat at Abraka, Delta State with the theme: “Aging process and coping mechanisms,’’ which was delivered by Prof. Patrick Igbigbi of the Department of Human Anatomy Delta State University Abraka.

The high point of the event was the commissioning of the newly -renovated Assembly Hall in Ughelli and the presentation of awards to some old boys.

Responding on behalf of the awardees, the Minister of State Labour, Employment and Productivity, Festus Keyamo, an alumnus, said a concerted effort was needed, especially from the government and old students, to improve education quality in Nigeria.

Keyamo said: “We are trying to maintain the legacy so that the young ones will have a taste of the standard we enjoyed while we were here.’’
In his closing remarks, Gbemre said: “We benefitted from this school and now having become successful in the society, there is an eager need to give back to the school and that is why we came together,’’ he said.
The event was attended by the State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Patrick Ukah and Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof Patrick Muoboghare, Charles Majoroh, and others.