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Aquinas alumni hold congress, celebrate 60th anniversary, inaugurate a new exco, commission projects

by OkeomaNews

Old Students Association of Aquinas Secondary School Osuh in Mbano, Imo State, has celebrated their second annual national congress.

The association, which had branches all over Nigeria, Europe and North America, also marked the school’s 60th anniversary, commissioned projects they built for the school and inuagurated its first elected executive team to lead the body for the next three years.

Aquinas Secondary School Osuh Mbano, founded in 1962 by the Roman Catholic Mission, still ranks as one of the best academic institutions east of the Niger.

In his welcome address, the Chairman of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the association, Engr. Ambrose Kpaduwa said that he was happy that the programme held after the association’s first reunion in 2019. He blamed the delay on the COVID- 19 pandemic.

The Chairman announced that the IMC which he leads had been able to produce a national constitution and equally registered the association.

While commending the Chairman of the Congress Organizing Committee, Dr Emma Ohakim, Kpaduwa, stated the need for the association to undertake a major project in the school.

He said, ” I think that we should collectively as a national body set a goal to do a grand project for the school. That goal could be one of several things geared towards making this institution a place where everyone wants to attend not only because of the infrastructure but also that a highly qualified teaching is maintained.

“Everyone likes a great environment, including teachers. When we accomplish that goal, we will be able to attract even better talented students and teachers. We should set a target to get that goal done within five years.

While commissioning the projects completed by the association, the Guest of Honour and Catholic Bishop of Okigwe Diocese Most Rev. Solomon Amatu commended the untiring efforts of the old students at giving back to the school that nurtured them. And prayed that God would reward them abundantly.

Some of the projects commissioned were the school dinning hall built by the Class of 1977, girls hostel block built by the Class of 1980, toilet block for the girls hostel built by the Class of 1980, school gate built by the class of 1972, ultra modern class room furniture donated by the Class of 1978 and class of 1981.

Several other projects undertaken by the association were at various stages of completion. These included an ultra modern library by the North America chapter, school hall by the Class of 1975.

It is on record that the first modern dormitory in the school was the handiwork of one of the members, Sir (Chief) Adolphus Ekejiuba of the Class of 1967.

Dr. Ohakim, who was also the moderator of the event, said it was nice to see old friends after years of leaving the school and commended members and friends of the association who contributed to making the event a huge success.

Other speakers at the event included Amb. Eddy Onuoha of the class of 1970 who took the audience down memory lane and Engr. Clement Onyeyiri of the class of 1972.

While inaugurating the new exco, Chairman of the Electoral Committee Ken Adiekwe took the newly elected officers through the process of oath of office.

The elected exco team is made up of Engr. Ambrose Kpaduwa – National President, Dr. Charles Emeto – National Vice-President, Dr. Don Ogbonna – National Secretary, Dr. Eucharia Nwachukwu- National Treasurer, Kingsley Theophilus (FCA)- National Financial Secretary, Chigozie Ewuzie- National Publicity Secretary, Chima Duru – Assistant National Secretary, Chief Adolphus Obi (FCA) – National Auditor, Barr. Victor Onuoha- National Legal Adviser.

The event, which was both virtual and physical, was graced by distinguished alumni from various parts of the globe as well priests of the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe, members of the Parents Teachers Association and current students.

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Benjamin Adindu February 6, 2023 - 5:10 pm

I’m glad to be part of this success story.

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