This Day (Lagos)

7 December 2004

Nigeria: Fegocowosa Elects New National President

Lagos — Mr. Albert Okumagba has emerged the new President of Federal Government College Warri Old Students Association (FEGOCOWOSA). Okumagba who is Chief Executive Officer of BGL Limited, was until the election held at the association's 2004 Annual General Meeting, Chairman of the Lagos Branch. He succeeds Sir Jasper Nwachukwu of Shell Petroleum Development Company.

Other officers include Mr. Sokaribo Dakoru (P.H.) Vice President and Mr. Dave Asapokhai of the SPDC as General-Secretary. Mr. Samuel Ajayi from the Lagos Branch emerged Assistant General Secretary while Dauda Illiya (Abuja), Staff of Inland Bank Plc was elected treasurer.

The rest include Shola Aminu of Federal Inland Revenue Uyo (Financial Secretary), Friday Orhihabor of Warri Branch (PRO), Dr. Toju Eresasnara (Chairman, Warri Branch), Dr. Odoliyi Lolomari, a Chartered Architect (Chairman, Port Harcourt), Uyi Akpata, Partner in Pricewater Coopers (Chairman, Lagos Branch) and Chief Ignatius Iwuayanwu (Chairman, Abuja Branch).

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Okumagba promised to build on the foundational work carried out by Sir Jasper Nwachukwu-led EXCO. Areas of emphasis for the new Executive will include:

Increasing the number of Branches and using same as major focal points for better coordination of the association's objectives.

Interfacing with Federal Government for major policy changes to reflect the changing dynamics of Unity Schools.

Supporting major infrastructural initiatives in the school with support from Old Students, Corporate Bodies and Multi-lateral institutions.

Enhancing the FEGOCOWOSA Network for better flow of strategic information.

Earlier in his report, the out-going President, Sir Jasper Nwachukwu said the task set by former EXCO to re-invigorate the association's national body as a vehicle for a united approach to confront the myriad of problems besetting the school, was effectively put on course. He noted that the most visible success during his tenure was the Phillip Howard Davis Memorial event held on November 20th, a day before the 2004 AGM.

He charged the new leadership to ensure an effective database of old students and the establishment of new branches nationwide, especially in parts of the South-South, the South-East and the Northern parts of the country.

Founded in 1966, graduates of Federal Government College Warri, have remained in the forefront of efforts to rekindle the noble objectives of setting up unity schools in the country.

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