By Odo Ogenyi, Uyo
The class of ‘84, Old Students Association in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria has donated a 3.5 KVA Solar Powered Plant to their alma mater, Federal Government College Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom.
The Captain, Class of ‘84 ESV Akan Umo-Otong who led his class mates to do the donation went down memory lane, recalling the conception of the idea, the selection of the contractor from several bidders and the completion of the project to the specifications of the class.
Umo-Otong however explained that the project which was conceived during their visit to their alma mater during their 2019 Reunion was slowed down by the outbreak of COVID-19 and the resultant lockdown in 2020.
The project which according to him, is in two phases, assuring that the next phase which would start soon would provide the solar energy for the boys dining hall and preparatory classes.
He thanked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for keying into their concept and co-sponsoring the project, calling on them to stand by them as they begin the second phase in earnest.
The representative of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godfrey Ntaji thanked the class for the zeal to give back to their alma mater and promised to forward their request for further support to the appropriate quarters with an assurance that their request will be obliged.
Ntaji called on the principal of the college to ensure security and maintenance of the project so that it will stand the test of time.
Principal of the school Mr. J. Ezeogu expressed gladness for the kind gesture, seeing the project as a good and welcome development, adding that it is a laudable example of giving back to society that made them what they are today.
Ezeogu said that the project was timely as it would illuminate the female dining hall and preparatory classes and thanked the Central Bank of Nigeria for contributing to the success of the project.
The high point of the occasion was the commissioning of the project by The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties and Ibom Deep Sea Port in Akwa Ibom State, Engr. Ephraim Udosen.