Alumni associations must salvage Nigeria’s ailing education sector – Atiku

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has said alumni associations must step into the challenge of salvaging educational institutions in the country from collapse.

The former vice-president made the call on Wednesday when the alumni association of the Federal Government College, Okigwe, Imo State paid a courtesy visit on him in Abuja.

The Federal Government College Okigwe Old Students Association (FEGOCOOSA), led by its president, Engr. Amarachukwu Nwokeji, said the visit was to formally convey to the Vice President his appointment as Grand Patron of the alumni and invitation as its Guest Speaker at the 35th Anniversary Homecoming D M Ukpe biennial Lecture Series.

Atiku, while accepting the honour and invitation of the association, said his insistence on having the lecture hold in the school was as a result of his own experiences with his alumni association.

“I happen to also be the founder of the old-boys of the secondary school I attended. I insisted that all our activities must take place in the school to evaluate how the school had progressed compared to how it was when we were there.

“We took a tour of the school and found out that facilities in the school were not working. Of course, I wouldn’t accept that. We met and contributed funds and got things working again,” he said.

According to him “most federal government colleges in the country are not running at optimal capacity, and the alumni associations must take up the challenge of bringing these schools back to life.”