St. John’s College, Alor marks diamond jubilee
ONE of the oldest secondary schools in the South East, St. Johns College, Alor, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State, rolled out drums to mark its 60th anniversary in a colorful ceremony that attracted the cream of the society.
The event featured the conferment of awards of excellence on dignitaries, such as the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige, an old boy of the school, the national president of the college, Dr. Cyprian Afunugo, Chief Emeka Ngige, (SAN) an old boy of the college, among others.
In his message at the occasion, Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial Zone, Chief Victor Umeh, commended the school authorities and the old boys of the college for their untiring efforts to provide an enabling environment to enhance teaching and learning in the institution.
In his welcome address, Dr. Afunugo appreciated government’s concern in the affairs of the school and requested for more aid to the institution to enhance its academic profile.
Dr. Afunugo appreciated the efforts of the old boys of the college, specially, Dr. Chris Ngige and others, who have made impacts in the development of the college and to other philanthropists, such as senator Umeh for their contribution too.
He said the old boys of the college have taxed themselves in injecting N1.7m in changing the window profile of some buildings in the institution to Alumaco, among other contributions.
In his remarks, the manager of the college, Rev. Father Anthony Nzomiwu, disclosed that the college has risen from grass to grace courtesy of Anambra State Government, the old boys and other public spirited individuals.
On his part, the principal of the college, Mr. Samuel Otumba expressed delight in the success of the Diamond Jubilee celebration and for all those who attended the occasion.
Earlier in a sermon, the Catholic Archbishop of the Onitsha Archdiocese, Most Reverend Dr. Valerian Okeke, expressed happiness that the college has grown appreciably courtesy of its partnership with the Anambra State Government and the efforts of the old boys of the college. Archbishop Okeke asked teachers and parents to assist government to make the college great.