The 31st plenary and annual general meeting of the Unity Schools Old Students Association will take place on Saturday at Kings College, Lagos.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Education, National Unity and National Security,’
The Unity Schools – also known as Federal Government Colleges (FGCs) and Federal Government Girls Colleges (FGGCs) – were established and are maintained by the Federal Government as a contribution to fostering both skilled human development and national co-existence in Nigeria.
The oldest of these schools, Kings College, Lagos, was established in 1909, followed by Queens College, also in Lagos, in 1927.
In 1966, the Federal Government established the first three Unity Schools of the post-colonial era in Okposi (now Ebonyi State); Sokoto (Sokoto State) and Warri (Delta State).
Today, there are 104 Unity Schools all over Nigeria.
Established in 2006, USOSA, an acronym for the network of former students of the unity schools, has a membership of nearly one million alumni drawn from all over Nigeria and active in all walks of life within and beyond Nigeria, many of them in the Diaspora.
“We believe that the huge investment by Nigeria in these schools and their products deserves some pay-back, especially at this time when the country confronts existential challenges,” USOSA said in a statement.
“For this reason, USOSA must foster fraternal relations among products of the Unity Schools to the end of seeking improvements in our public education system as a country and the overall good governance of Nigeria.”
The statement also said it aims to mobilise skills, resources, and goodwill to channel investments into the schools, provide mentoring to younger alumni, as well as grow their confidence.
“The focus for this Annual Conference reflects the challenges that currently confront our country,” the statement said.
“The sessions will address the state of our schools as well as the state of public education in the insurgency-affected parts of north-east Nigeria.”