President’s Opening Remarks
Special Guest of Honor,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2012 biennial fundraising event of EDO BOYS HIGH SCHOOL Old Boys Association, USA. I am certain that every member of this great association appreciates you taking time out of your busy schedule to be with us today.
Edo boys’ high school was established in Ugbowo, Benin City by Chief P. D. C. Okenwa in 1960. In addition to the massive land (52.12 acres) initially acquired, Chief Okenwa bought 30 acres of land for the purpose of establishing “Akenzua Girls High School” in 1965. As faith would have it, the dream of establishing a girls’ college was unrealized due to circumstances beyond his control. In 1975, the state government (Bendel State) took over all existing private secondary schools and renamed them. EBHS was then renamed ADOLO College. For many years, members of EBHS Old Boys Association (Benin Chapter) worked tirelessly to convince the state government to revert the name to EDO BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL. Their efforts paid off in November 2008 when the government granted the request for change of name.
Past Activities of the Old Boys Association, USA Chapter:
Since its inception in 2008, this chapter has undertaken and successfully completed many projects at our Alma Mater. Below are the highlights of such contributions:
- Renovation of School Library and Donation of Books
In 2008, this chapter, upon learning about the deplorable state the main library was in, decided to renovate and furnish the library with furniture and books. We fortified the library by replacing all the wooden doors and windows with reinforced iron doors and windows. In addition, we donated more than 2500 books (text and reference books) covering myriad of subjects to the school. When we started making plans to furnish the library with chairs, tables and bookshelves, we were informed that the state government was in the process of embarking on massive renovation work in various schools, including our alma mater.
- Bore Hole Project
To insure that the school becomes self-sufficient as regards availability of water, we completed the bore-hole project that was started by Dr. O. Ugiagbe (1968 set). Specifically, we procured and installed overhead water tanks, iron stand and also completed the necessary plumbing work. This project was formally commissioned in December 2010 during celebration of the school’s Golden Jubilee.
- 50th Birthday Gift to EBHS
In collaboration with the Benin Chapter of this Association, we purchased a School Bus which was presented to school as a Golden-Jubilee-Gift. This gift was motivated by the desire to provide students at the school a modest means of transportation to and from outside engagements.
- Academic Award to Students
As part of the golden jubilee celebration, this chapter gave financial awards (in US dollars) to the best students in various academic levels at the school.
- JSS Level— Two students received the financial award;
- SSS Level— Two students received financial awards.
In addition, each recipient of the award was given an EBHS lapel pin. We plan on making this an annual event.
New Project: Creation of a functioning computer lab at EBHS
In the highly integrated and competitive global market of today, it is imperative that students are exposed, to a significant degree, to the most contemporary information technology at the very early stages of their academic pursuit to compete effectively in the job market. As many of you are aware, Indians dominate IT industry. This is partly due to the fact that many Indian students are exposed to IT at the very early stage in their academic programs. In fact, IT industry is acknowledged by development experts, to be largely responsible for India’s rapid economic growth of the 1990s and 2000s. The volume of IT related businesses that are outsourced by Western countries to India is in the billions of dollars, annually. Unfortunately, the IT industry is at its infancy and thus underdeveloped in Nigeria. Many of the students enrolled at our Alma Mater have little exposure to the latest information technology. IT goes beyond just knowing how to use smart phones. To develop a flourishing IT industry, there is the need to have a well established relevant infrastructure. This is the motivation behind our fundraising effort this year. Our goal is to create a functioning computer lab at our Alma Mater by the end of 2012. Specifically, we plan to furnish the lab with sufficient number of desktop computers to allow many students access to the technology simultaneously. Consequently, all funds raised today will be used exclusively for that purpose. Therefore, I am appealing to everyone present to donate generously to this effort.
Tonight, we are presenting you with a salivating package that includes dinner, to be provided by the Catering services at Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort and music by our esteemed Dee-jay.
Please permit me to express my sincere appreciation to exec members of this association for their efforts in making this event possible. As you are well aware of, a tree cannot make a forest. Furthermore special thanks to all members of this association.
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for honoring our invitation to this special event. We wish everyone a wonderful and memorable evening.
Thank you all. God Bless.
LONG LIVE EBHS
Braimoh D. Oseghale, Ph.D.