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Kings College Old Boys engage stakeholders on national security, integration

By Mohammed Yakubu
17 September 2021   |   2:49 am
Kings College Old Boys Association (KCOBA) will, tomorrow, engage government and stakeholders in a hybrid symposium on how to change the status quo and recreate national ethos. The symposium, which will commemorate the 112th year anniversary of the institution, will have Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, as keynote speaker, and Director General…

Kings College Old Boys Association (KCOBA) will, tomorrow, engage government and stakeholders in a hybrid symposium on how to change the status quo and recreate national ethos.

The symposium, which will commemorate the 112th year anniversary of the institution, will have Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, as keynote speaker, and Director General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as guest speaker.

Panelists include former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, Secretary of the Northern Elders Forum, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, and former Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bagudu Hirse.

Chairman of Kingsweek Committee, Chuma Anosike, said the event would be followed by an Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday and an election of new executives.

He said the theme of the conference, ‘Unity in Diversity… Stronger Together’, was chosen as the association’s response to recent separationist agitation in the country.

“The theme of this year’s celebration is informed by the current realities facing our country, which is a source of grave concern to Kingsmen. It is pertinent to note that the College was originally established to groom leaders for our dear country, Nigeria, and that vision remains relevant in the year 2021,” he said.

Anosike disclosed that the association has set up two endowment funds – the Floreat Fund and the KC Education Trust – both of which are poised to ensure sustainable funding for the College, under Public Private Partnership (PPP).

He added: “We are particularly excited about the coming year, as the association has as one of its top priorities for the year- the engagement of the Federal Government on an improved management structure for the college.”

“Recall that deliberations have been holding on PPP as an elixir for funding education. Education is inevitably the sine qua non for national development and we must take deliberate steps towards developing our nation.”