May 15, 2021
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By Sam Kayode

The National President of the Alumni of the Federal Government College
Maiduguri FEGOCOMOSA Suleiman Dikwa has said that his association has
concluded plans to raise at least ten billion naira for the physical
and financial development of their alma mater.

Dikwa, who is in his second year as President and the first Borno
alumnus to head the association said the target of this innovation was
to enhance financial growth of his members and their alma mater.

Suleiman, also the Chief executive officer of “Green Sahara” who
spoke with newsmen in Maiduguri recently noted that the association
intends to use the money which would be slammed into their investment
funds corporative to promote entrepreneurship development in the
school.

He said that the cooperative has already been registered as “Federal
Government College Maiduguri Co-oporative Limited” and has started
receiving contributions targeted at the initial development of five
products.

“We have already gotten into partnership with Sterling bank and we do
hope to facilitate the structure in which our members can borrow money
from as much as N250,000 to N50m to enable them make financial
progress.

“My company Green Sahara Limited has signed an agreement with
“reforest action” to finance the planting of about 1000 trees in the
school. Apart from the environmental goals we intend to achieve, we do
hope to achieve extra nutrition for all the students that would be in
school at all times.

” We are talking of economic trees like mangoes, cashews and many
others which are on their way to be planted in the school and we feel
this will change the entire environment.

“We have also introduced the buy together and sell together program
which means two guys can come together, pull resources, buy land when
it appreciates and sell to make money, buy cars, homes and anything
and sell and make money for themselves and the alumni”.

The whole idea according to him is to turn old school issues into
sustainable enterprises so that they will graduate from just
networking and dinner parties into having a realistic economic impact
on members, students and the entire community in the school
environment.

CALL ON ZULUM TO CONTRIBUTE INTO THE CAPACITY CHALLENGES OF THE SCHOOL

Suleiman said he was excited that the Governor has chosen up to 150
students mostly from the disadvantaged Borno north where the
insurgency has crippled education and has given all of them
scholarships from their first day in school till they graduate.

“That is commendable and the Governor has also gone round into other
schools and offered scholarships for them to have access to western
education. In spite of all this we are calling on Professor Babagana
Zulum to invest in the capacity of the school for the sake of our kids
because those students did not come through the normal admission
process which considers the capacity of each school and bed spaces.

“We want the Governor to invest in the teachers for instance because
as we speak, the parents teachers association PTA are the ones taking
care of most of the salaries of the estra teachers in the institution.
They do this because their kids are there and because they want
quality education for these children.

” the federal government has its quota for each school yet they have
accommodated more. We are saying that he has done well and the federal
government is equally doing well, all we want is for him to come in
and meet us even half way in terms of the capacity issues.That is the
area we want the Governor to quickly come in to help our alma mater

” As long as accommodation and human resources issues are looked into
by the governor, we would so much appreciate his contribution. The
school is ready to accommodate more, but we need more classrooms where
they will be taught.” He stressed.

PROPOSED REVIVAL OF SPORTS

Suleiman noted that his association is bent on reviving sports back
into their alma mata because no sports activity has taken place in the
school since the boko haram took charge of the entire social life of
maiduguri in 2009.

” The first set of the school has been able to renovate a lot of
facilities for the children and we hope to do more. Our people have
made various interventions and five hostels have been renovated
equally. One of our alumnus General Housein has renovated a whole
block and built a canopy for students to enjoy sports in school.” he
revealed.

The FEGOCOMOSA President said that they have at least five thousand
living members and are still counting and he feels they should be able
to do much in sports and even raise ten billion naira in ten years,
for the association which equally hopes to create an ICT HUB for
serving students.

He said that the association also intends to regenerate the existing
farms so that the students can be able to feed themselves and even
have enough to sell to make extra funds for themselves.

The President also appealed to development agencies like the north
east development agency to also consider solving some of the problems
affecting big schools like the federal goveral college maiduguri which
resides in the hot bed of the theatre of the insurgency war along Bama
road in the state capital.

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