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Association advocates increased budgetary allocation for secondary schools

28 October 2015, 21:22

Abuja - The Unity Schools Old Students Association (USOSA) says it is discussing with the Federal Government towards ensuring adequate funding of Federal Government Colleges (FGCs), to meet global standards.

The National Vice President of the association, Mr Ini Akpabio, said this during a news briefing preceeding the association’s Annual General Meeting scheduled for Saturday in Abuja.

Akpabio said part of the plan was to canvass for increased budgetary allocation geared toward adequate funding of FGCs, also known as unity schools, to achieve the set objectives of the founding fathers.

He stressed the need to sustain the system against the background of the clamour for one indivisible Nigeria.

According to him, the association s also pushing for a legislation that will draw public attention to the plight of unity schools and also ensure the sustainable development of the education sector.

Also read: Borno committee to lead re-opening of schools 

Akpabio, who is an old boy of FGC, Kaduna, noted that unity schools had contributed immensely to the country’s development having produced governors, ministers, legislators and technocrats, among others, who had helped shape the future of the country.

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of USOSA, Mr Ahmed Lawal, explained that the focus of this year’s AGM was to re-strategise and ensure the achievement of the association’s plans for the coming year.

Lawal said that the high point of the AGM would be the inauguration of two new member schools into the association, FGGC Bakori, Katsina State, and FGGC, New Bussa, Niger State; as well as the presentation of 2015 report.

According to him, the meeting will also feature the presentation of the 2014 audited accounts of association in the spirit of transparency and accountability.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the first unity school, Kings’ College, Lagos, was established in 1909, followed by Queens’ Lagos, in 1927.

With the establishment of Federal Government College, Sokoto, in February 1966, the then Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, who was impressed with what he saw during a visit to the school, ordered the establishment of unity schools in the 12 states of the federation in 1976.

NAN also reports that there are currently 104 unity schools across the country. 




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