THE EDUCATOR - April 28 2019

Anglican Grammar School Mbausi Old Boys move to uplift the School

As part of effort to rebuild Anglican Grammar School, Mbausi, in Isiala Ngwa North local government area of Abia State, the old students met at the School premises to proffer solutions to a dying institution that has produced, a Deputy Governor, National Assembly members, State Commissioners, Local Government Chairmen, state house of assembly members, professionals and Captains of industries.

According to the Anglican Bishop of Isialangwa, Rt. Reverend Temple Onyinyechi Nwaogu, the school which was established in 1961, became moribund after the take over by the state government.

He said the school which happens to be boys only at that time had produced great men, but lost its glory soon after government took over the school, adding that it is assumed that government has so many contending issues begging for attention, hence the neglect of the school.

Rt. Rev. Nwogu, decried the level of delapidation at the Anglican Grammar School, Mbausi. But with level at which the old boys attended the days meeting,  Rt Rev Nwaogu, said he has confidence that they are poised to return the institution to her glorious old days.

“Since the school was handed over to the Anglican Church, we have been doing a lot to renovate the buildings, but one challenge we have was some indigenes have been a clog in the wheel of progress by always coming to steal the windows, roofing shits, doors and other materials. We are trying to rebuild the principal and teachers quarters as well as fence the school to ward-off the intruders. I have confidence that our old boys would help in bringing the school back to its lost glory.” he said.

The new president of the old boys Association, Jackson Agbai, said since he left the school 37 years ago, this was his first time of stepping his foot into his alma mater, describing his visit as pilgrimage of sought.

He described the level of decay at the school as heart Breaking, but thank God for the decision of the state to hand over the school back to their original owners, the church.

“Now that the school have been handed over to the church, we know that the church cannot carry the burden alone, considering the magnitude of decay and neglect the school had suffered over the years. This is therefore, our time and opportunity to give back what this great institution gave to us years ago”, he said.

Jackson Agbai who emerged president of the old boys at their meeting, said that  the old boys will surely give hope to the up coming stars in Anglican Grammar School. “Talent is everywhere, but Opportunities are sacred, so they expect that with good infrastructure, motivated teachers who are paid as at when due students will leverage on the new opportunities the old students are going to give them to excel ”, he stressed.

Former Deputy Speaker Abia House of Assembly, and Former Deputy Governor of Abia State, Eric Acho Nwakanma, who was library prefect in 1976, says despite feeling excited meeting his old school mates, but was sadened at the level of infrastructural decay in the school, which he said was enough to declare state of emergency on Anglican Grammar School.

Acho Nwakanma however, assured that the old boys will not leave any stone untouched in their quest to rebuild the school.

Some of the prominent old students who had held political office at the Federal and State levels are, Eziuche Ubani, Former House of Representatives Member and current Commisioner for works, Ginger Owuasibe, former Executive Chairman Isiala Ngwa North, and current Isiala Ngwa North house of Assembly member elect, Eric Acho Nwakanma, Former Deputy Speaker, Abia House of Assembly and former Deputy Governor, among many others.

The occasion witnessed election of the executives of the Old Boys Association and raising of funds for the rebuilding of the school