Navrongo SHS old students hold AGM

The headmistress of the school Ms. Yizura expressing her appreciation to the 1980 year group for presenting a bust of former  headmaster Macdonald to the school.

The headmistress of the school Ms. Yizura expressing her appreciation to the 1980 year group for presenting a bust of former headmaster Macdonald to the school.

The Union of Old Students of Navrongo Senior High School (Nabia) on Saturday held its Annual General Meeting/homecoming   at Navrongo in the Upper East Region, with a call on past students to come to the aid of the school.

The President of Nabia, Mohammed Cambodia Haroon who made the call said the school required facelift in several areas before the 60th anniversary in the year 2020.

“Going around campus, it is clear that the school needs support, it is our hope that individuals, Nabia branches and year groups will adopt projects to construct or renovate specific aspects of the school,” Mr. Haroon said.

The meeting adopted the work of a three-member Constitutional Review Committee headed by John Ndebugre, the former Member of Parliament for Zebilla in the Upper East Region, for a new constitution for the union to meet modern changing trends.

Mr. Haroon, who is the Northern Regional Director of Education, said the Nabia executives had embarked on vigorous membership drive resulting in the creation of several local and international branches notably Wa, Bolgatanga, Navrongo, Kumasi, Takoradi, United Kingdom, Nigeria and North America.

He enumerated some of the achievements of the national executives as successful organisation of homecomings to link past students both within and the diaspora, and involving them to give back to their alma mater.

The President of the union, however, lamented over apathy saying “you will agree with me that there is still some level of apathy amongst members making it very difficult to organise.”

A special appeal was made to revive a long-held dream of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre for the school that has been in limbo.

The 1977 year group donated equipment for the Home Economics Department, while the 1980 year group immortalised the works of one of the past headmasters, Collins MacDonald, a Scottish, who headed the school from 1969 to 1980, with a bust.

Present at the homecoming were two representatives of the Nigeria branch of Nabia- Kasali Adebayo Shittu and Moses Olanrewaju.

Mr. Shittu, on behalf of the Nigeria branch, presented awards of plaques for some past students in recognition of their contribution to the school.

He proposed that a special trust fund be launched and a minimum of GH¢50 be made compulsory for all to pay toward special project explaining, “If 20,000 Nabia paid, we might realise about one million Ghana cedis, this would go a long way to assist the school and the needy students.”

The headmistress, Ms. Francisca Yizura, promised that the staff and management would carry out their duties diligently to continue to improve upon student performance in the final examinations, adding that the Ghana Education Service was in the process of recruiting teaching and non-teaching staff and the school would benefit from it.

The Nabia later attended the 40th Day Adua of a former president of the union, Alhaji RBH Abu, a navigation officer and aeronautics engineer, formerly with the Ghana Airways Corporation and Century Aviation, who died on September 6 2017, in Accra.

FROM SALIFU ABDUL- RAHAMAN, NAVRONGO

 

 

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