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.
Suleiman 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 the 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
He said that the cooperative has already been registered as ” Federal Government College Maiduguri Cooperative Limited” and has started receiving contributions targeted at the initial development of five
“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 to 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 a program which means two guys can come together, pull or buy land when it appreciates and sells 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 Federal Government College Maiduguri old school issues into sustainable enterprises so that they will graduate from just
networking and dinner parties into having a real 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 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 a process that 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 parent-teachers association PTA are the ones taking
care of most of the salaries of the extra 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 halfway 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
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 overall college Maiduguri which resides in the hotbed of the theatre of the insurgency war along with Bama road in the state capital.