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Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, Delta State Governor Reverts Government College Ughelli to the Glory Days – Stephen Dieseruvwe

June 7, 2012

Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has reverted Government College Ughelli to her glory days by approving with immediate effect, the scrapping of day students system and making it an exclusively boarding school, starting from the September 2012 intake.

The approval of the change by the State Government was delivered today, Thursday 7th June 2012, by Professor Patrick Muoboghare, the Delta State Commissioner of Basic/Secondary Education at the Assembly Hall of the School, during the formal delivery of an Information Technology Centre to the school by the Lagos Branch of the Government College Ughelli Old Boys Association (GUOBA). GUOBA view this as a very welcome development and commend Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan for listening to the yearnings GUOBA Worldwide in their efforts to repositioning the school to the glory days. The Old boys have also requested that the admission into the school should not be restricted to Ughelli and its environs, but that the catchment area should cover the entire country, Nigeria, as it was in the early days.

The Delta State Government in an attempt to revamping the dilapidated state of the school infrastructure, is believed to be spending over N100 million to renovate the Dinning Hall and three Houses (Sapele, Ashaka and Oleh Houses).

A brief history of the school culled from the press conference by Mr. Stephen Agodo (Chairman of the Plenary Planning Committee of the Golden Jubilee Anniversary) showed that standards in education had fallen over the years. Government College Ughelli was founded in 1945. It was sited initially at Warri and was known as Warri Middle School, before it was later moved to Ughelli. The First Students (Mariners) walked into their classrooms on January 19, 1945. Modelled after its remarkable “Public Schools” contemporaries in Britain, Government College Ughelli was conceived as an institution where students were brought up to appreciate the virtues of manliness, sportsmanship, intellectual and moral excellence, integrity and of a clean and salubrious environment. However, especial care was taken to ensure that the character of the student was moulded without their personality being distorted.

On it’s inception it was indisputably one of the best secondary schools in the country. It was the standard that other schools could only try to emulate. Well-mowed lawns and trimmed hedges, well designed class room blocks and dormitories were carefully laid out in two square kilometres of landscape. Boulevards and living quarters for all categories of staff and students formed the major hub of a planned, orderly and serene environment. The community had always been self-sufficient in the supply of water and power. It boasted of fully equipped and well stocked laboratories, workshops and library, reading rooms complete with steel lockers. School books were provided to all students as part of the benefits, at a modest school fee. Discipline reigned supreme. Admission was strictly by merit alone.

The founding Principal was Mr V.B.V. Powell, a Briton of Oxonian and Australian ancestry. He was very committed and dedicated to maintaining the very highest of standards, and indeed it was his life’s ambition to make Government College Ughelli the paragon of excellence. The immediate result of the above was that year after year the quality of discipline rubbed off on the quotient of achievement that was recorded; virtually all the nominees from the school for Nigeria’s only University (University College Ibadan) sailed through with flying colours and passed out as fresh Nigerian graduates.

And in the years ever since Government College has lived up to its billing producing a good number of Nigeria’s most distinguished and highly esteemed personalities. The School’s list of graduands is a roll call of achievers in Industry, Education, Banking and Finance, Law, Government, Public Service, and the Military.

However, in recent times standards have fallen, affected inevitably by the economic and political depression in the country. Nonetheless, with the new dispensation of democracy in Nigeria it is expected that the old school will soon start on the road to recover its former glory.

The Old Boys of Government College Ughelli intend to keep the ship sailing.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. stephen ohre permalink
    June 7, 2012 16:33

    thank God

  2. OKPUBULUKU DAVIS permalink
    June 7, 2012 16:48

    Any move geared towards repositioning GCU to her old glory will be a welcome development.The standards & infrastructures should be given face lift.Making a case for opening it to the rest of the country is ok.But certaily not at the detriment of qualified Ughelli young Chaps.Govt.take note.

  3. ogboru oliver permalink
    June 7, 2012 19:34

    those good old days i spent in oleh house. i am i proud MARINER,

  4. Ikenna okonji permalink
    June 8, 2012 07:27

    Am very happy to hear this development. Pls keep the ship sailing…Nice one

  5. June 8, 2012 10:34

    What a day. Thank God, I’m so happy. God works in a mysterio
    us way

  6. Kori-Siakpere Efeturi permalink
    June 8, 2012 19:24

    I am proud to be a product of dis great citadel of learning. One among whole in dis our country (Nigeria). Keep d ship sailing. Great Mariners.

  7. EMONAFE, MIKAEL, DENIRAN... permalink
    June 9, 2012 15:56

    It is so good to see that G.C.U is still Sailing.

  8. August 6, 2012 09:15

    D glory of GCU can neva quench cuz u ar best among best. We must KEEP D SHIP SAILING Forever. Great marina i luk forward 2 be

  9. Kevin Ik. Ojobor permalink
    August 12, 2012 08:41

    My days at Obiaruku hall and my experiences at GCU is wonderful and still fresh in my memory. My GCU stories will become real again. Thanks be to God for
    the new development. Ojobor

  10. sigbenu monday permalink
    August 22, 2012 13:16

    Am alwaz proud to be among,memberz,union of the sailorz familyz!

  11. okpala evans permalink
    September 19, 2012 18:41

    Is dat the only school in delta state. What a failed Governor.

  12. pearl amayo permalink
    October 13, 2012 13:00

    one good thing done! just trained some secondary school principals in DELTA STATE and i hope for the best. a great transformation of yewvoren college warri, am proud of that. in as much as the school buildings are better now, i also pray that what goes on in the buildings, teaching and learning will be better too.

  13. Kenneth Ogu permalink
    December 22, 2012 19:01

    I always very proud to tell those who will listen that we came from great schools. GCU will always be the best school. I was in Forcados and Warri houses

  14. Okunrimeta Emmanuel permalink
    March 21, 2013 21:57

    Great Warri House. Great GCU. I remain a sailor forever.

  15. Edewor Ogheneovo permalink
    July 23, 2013 12:40

    Proud to be a sailor

  16. February 26, 2014 19:42

    Am very happy to hear of this development, may God bless GCU, oleh house and the gcu family. Amen

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