The Old Students of Navrongo Senior High School, Nabia, has held their Annual General Meeting at the school in Navrongo in the Upper East Region.
In his welcome address, National President of the union, Alhaji Mohammed Haroon, mentioned some achievements and projects being undertaken in the school by various year groups and branches, as construction of boreholes, renovation of toilet facilities, the school’s assembly hall (the MacDonald Hall), construction of the school’s main gate, reroofing of classrooms and dormitories which were roofed off by rain storm, donation of books, computers, among many others.
The Nabia national president also acknowledged the immense project contribution by Richard Earl of Bradford, a former tutor, to the school’s development. He noted that the establishment of linkages with Nabia in the Diaspora and some former tutors has brought about tremendous benefits to the school.
Notwithstanding the growth of the union and the several projects that were being undertaken in the school, Aljaji Haroon said there were still some challenges which needed the collective effort of members to overcome.
“You would agree with me that there is still some level of apathy amongst members, making it very difficult to organize. Even though the various social media platforms are vibrant, it does not translate into physical appearance at meetings, and needs some level of improvement”, he said.
He mentioned an ongoing ICT center project for the school as one which was still in limbo, and called on the Nabia to rise to the challenge to kick start the project before the school’s 6oth Anniversary, which will be held in 2020.
On his part, Nabia Ingr Kassali Adebayo Shittu of the Nigeria’s branch of the union, who was the Guest Speaker, expressed satisfaction at the level of progress the school has made over the years, and lauded the contributions made by various stakeholders to that effect.
Ingr Adebayo Shittu who also belongs to the 1974 year group (with ‘Folio number 1119’), said: “We appreciate our great Senior Armiyao Haruna of Folio 48 for his memorable chronicles that were made available to form one boys and girls like us. Seniors Prof. Francis Ali-Osman, Prof. Sylvester Abanteriba, Prof. Susi Sanusi, Messers Chikpa Dumeakor, Ali Dakura, Isaac Nana Amissah-Eshun, Baba Sofianu, Naaba Sangna, the Paramount Chief, Oba Moshoud Aweda Lawal, a first class Oba in Nigeria, Chief Moses Alake Adeyemo (Deputy Governor, Oyo State, Nigeria), Hon. Tunde Ladipo, Chief Rasak Apalara, John Ndebugre Esq, Prof. Abatanga Alokore Esq, Dr. Abdulai Tinorga, Hon. Hon. Dr. Ghesika Agambilla, Dr. Chris Atim, and several other Nabia that are spread all over the globe, contributing their quota to the development of mankind. ”
The Headmistress of the school, Madam Francisca Yizura, in her welcome address, commended the old students for the annual Homecoming, which, she said, offered the current students an opportunity to interact with them. “We also want to appreciate Nabia 1977 group for coming to donate equipment to the Home Economics Department. This will enable the practical lessons to be effective and the students acquire some skills that can lead to self-employment”, she added.
Madam Yizura also used the occasion to announce the school’s successful completion of admission of first year students for the Free Senior High School Programme, which, she said would open access to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and also improve the quality of secondary education. She was grateful to the old students for the ICT center project, among others, and prayed that the union would put in commitment in raising the needed funds towards its completion.
(l-r) Nabia Ingr K A. Shittu And Mr. Moses Ade, Both Of Nibia Nigeria, With The Macdonald Bust
Credit: Nabia Daniel Abuga