Nigeria: Mercy Girl’s High School hold inaugural old girls’ meeting, solicit support to give the college a facelift

By Chinyere Ogbonna – Management and Staff of Girls’ High School Ehime now Mercy Girl’s High School Umezeala-Owerri in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area, Imo State, Southeast Nigeria have decried the deplorable state of infrastructure in the institution. They are therefore in dire need of support from its Old Girls’ Association, sons and daughters of Ehime with the country and in the diaspora.

Some of the old girls', management and students of Mercy Girls' High School in a group photograph

Some of the old girls’, management and students of Mercy Girls’ High School in a group photograph

This is contained in a communiqué issued at the inaugural meeting of the old girls’ association of the institution at the college on the recently. The Principal of the school, the Reverend Father Chidubem Paul Nwangwu who described the state of infrastructure in the school as being in a pitiable situation, noted that this has resulted to decline in the number of students in the institution.

According to the Reverend Father Nwangwu although successive administrations of the Institution had done their bits to renovate some of the blocks to give them befitting looks, but expressed concern that the situation hadn’t made much difference. He therefore appealed to the alumnus for some assistance to address the infrastructure deficit with a view to creating a conducive learning environment for the students.

School Hall Gutted by fire recently

School Hall Gutted by fire recently

The Principal of the Institution listed some of such projects to include convenience room for the day students, a hall for the students social gathering and a place of worship since her old hall had been gutted by fire. Others areas where the school call for support is provision of an 18-seater school bus, for conveying students to places of national or intra state competitions as well as excursions.

According to the statement, election of officials to run the affairs of the old girls’ association held with the following old girls emerging as key officers to steer the affairs of the Institution. They are Prof. Ugomma Ebirim, nee Orjiakor and Senior Prefect of the 1978 set, emerged the President of the Old Girls’ Association, Chief Ijeoma Nwokoria, nee Ndubuisi as the Vice President, while Reverend Dr.Franca Anyanwu, nee Otumbadi, was elected the Secretary.

Others are Dr. Elekwa who was elected Secretary and Mrs. Florence Nwankwo, nee Akaegbu who was elected the Financial Secretary, while Lady C.C Odimma emerged the Public Relations Officer, PRO. According to the statement, certain resolutions reached during the meeting include: an agreement by the alumnus to contribute the sum of five thousand Naira to support the institution address the infrastructure decay in the school.

Principal of Mercy Girls' High School, Umueze Owerri, the Reverend Father Chidubem Paul Nwangwu

Principal of Mercy Girls’ High School, Umueze Owerri, the Reverend Father Chidubem Paul Nwangwu

Besides, the association however, resolved that any good spirited member of the association who is so touched to contribute more should not hastate to do so. According to the release some old girls who had cash on them during the meeting made some payments while others made pledges to support the projects towards restoring the dignity of their Alma mater.

An account number where members would be expected to pay in their contributions and pledges would be made public on the group’s WhatsApp platform in due course. During the meeting between the school authorities and the old girls’ the principal unveiled plans to hold the golden jubilee of the institution though no date was given for the event. The Reverend Father Nwangwu, however suggested that the jubilee celebration would commence with inter-house sports which would be rounded off towards the month of golden jubilee celebration.

“To this effect, we are going to nominate among us the Jubilee committee that is going to moderate our preparations for the celebration. Seven persons will be selected from the great Alumni while five persons would be selected from the school Parents’ Teachers Association, PTA”. Girls High School Ehime which was founded in 1966 by the late Bishop Anthony Nwedo has produced alumnus in various walks of life across the globe.