GOVERNOR OTTI TO PLANT CENTENARY TREE AS UMCOBA CELEBRATES 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ALMA MATER

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The Governor of Abia State, Dr Alex Otti OFR, will this Sunday plant the centenary tree as part of activities marking the 100th anniversary of
Secondary School Education in the South East of Nigeria and Methodist
College, Uzuakoli.

The Special Adviser to Abia State Governor on Monitoring and Evaluation who is also the National President, Uzuakoli Methodist College, Old Boys Association (UMCOBA) Mazi Ugochukwu Okoroafor disclosed this while briefing the press in company of the Arcbishop of Methodist Church Nigeria, Umuahia, Arcbishop Chibuzor Opoko and other old boys ahead of the centenary anniversary of Methodist
College, Uzuakoli.

He said that the association was happy with Governor Alex Otti for appointing some of her members in his government,
“We are also happy to observe that in the Dr Alex Otti team that is helping to restore Abia state, at
least seven members were students of Methodist College Uzuakoli. It is our conviction that the
Uzumeco philosophy will continue to guide them as they serve the state.”

Mazi Okoroafor revealed that
“the
Methodist Church, in 1923, launched an ambitious mission of establishing a secondary school and
this initiative marked the beginning of secondary school education in the South East of Nigeria and
the birth of Methodist College Uzuakoli.”

According to the Mazi Okoroafor,
“in the past one hundred years, secondary school
education in the South East of Nigeria has helped to bring development and enlightenment. It has
built up a Rolodex of eminent personalities and achievements. We are very proud of our
antecedents and we are hopeful that the next century will bring even more blessings and glory to
our society through the activities of the products of Methodist College Uzuakoli.”

The National President, who acknowledged contributions of some products of the institution including,
Dr. Michael Okpara, Udo Udoma, Edwin Ogbu, Clement Isong, Anaezi Okoro, O.C. Nwana, Bob
Ogbuagu Rufus Obi among others,
maintained that “Our alumni are found in all parts of the globe
making contributions to the societies in which they find themselves.”

The National President disclosed that the centenary celebrations would commence with a homecoming which would feature
a lecture on Saturday, a church service on Sunday as well as the Ila Oso Uzuakoli festival, the biennial cultural festival for which the town of
Uzuakoli is renowned which will take place on 23rd of December.

Contributing, the Arcbishop of Methodist Church Nigeria, Umuahia and an old boy of the school, Arcbishop Chibuzor Opoko said that the institution has produced individuals with impeccable character,
‘We are blessed because all these years we have never find any Old Boy of Methodist College Uzuakoli that held an outstanding position in the society that has been indicted by any court. They have served, including Central Bank Governor, Ministers and others. They have served and served out credibly and left legacies of honour, truth , honesty. That is what Methodist College Uzuakoli is all about” He stressed.

Archbishop Opoko disclosed that in the past 100 years of the existence of the school, the association is collaborating with the mother church to make the school better than it was in 1923. He appreciated the Mazi Ugochukwu Okoroafor for involving the Abia Governor, Dr. Alex Otti in the ceremony in which the Governor would plant a centenary tree for the association and invited all and sundry to the event.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Culture, Sir Chris Onwuegbu, who is equally an Old Boy of the institution was present at the press briefing.