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
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.
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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
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.