Titcombe College, Egbe Class of 1978/1983 Set Donates Solar Powered Borehole to Alma Mater

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  • Project for Commissioning June 17th By Elegbe of Egbe

By Ralph Agbana.

Old students of Titcombe College, Egbe, Kogi State, belonging to the class set of 1978/1983 have donated to their Alma Mater, a solar powered borehole.

The project, which has been completed is ready for official Commissioning by the Elegbe of Egbe and Chairman, Yagba West Traditional Council, His Royal Highness, Oba Ayodele Irukera, on June 17, 2023.

According to a statement issued by the President, Titcombe College Egbe Old Students Association (TCEOSA) 78/83 Set, Engr (Prof) Kayode Joshua Simoyan (TC Number 2509), the borehole project commissioning is coming on the heels of the 40th anniversary of 1978/83 set and an expression of gratitude to God for His preservation, and blessings over the years, “Like the biblical leper who came back to appreciate God (Luke 17:15-18)”.

“We left TC after our WAEC/GCE O level Examination in June 1983 with high hopes. Sadly, we have it on record that not less than 25 of those youths bubbling with life then are no more with us on planet Earth. They have gone to the great beyond. The platform, TC 78/83 Set was formed by Sesan Ibitomi on 02/07/2016 to bring us together for interaction and networking. Some of us have not seen each other
in the last 40 years since we are all scattered all over the world in search of green pastures but with the gospel of Titcombe College. Over the years the conditions and states of educational institutions in Nigeria have witnessed deterioration to pathetic levels.

“There is a lot of infrastructural decay and disrepair. Thus, there is the need for stakeholders to come to the aid of the country’s educational institutions as the government alone cannot finance education given the competing demands for scarce and limited resources. There is a need therefore for all stakeholders to contribute their quota to revive quality education in Nigeria”, he said.

He disclosed that the decision by the TC 1978/83 Set to give back to the College has been on the front burner of the set’s discussions over the years, noting however that, “At the General Meeting of 18th December 2022, it was concretized that we should embark on a solar-powered borehole project. The current EXCO was elected that same day and the onus and responsibility rested on us to actualize the project. We took over the leadership of the Association on 23rd December 2022 and started the journey.
We can now say this is our Ebenezer. Though, an uphill task but in it all, God helped us to complete it and on time”.

He expressed gratitude to Oba Ayodele Irukera, the Elegbe of Egbe, for graciously accepting to commission the project despite the short notice amidst several other pressing commitments.

The statement reads in parts: “I appreciate all our members both at home and abroad for their solid support, encouragement, and overwhelming participation. Without your support, this will not have been possible. May God continue to prosper us in all our endeavours. I appreciate the members of the project committee for their commitment and sacrifices. Kindly permit me to single out the tenacity and sacrifice of Amos Bamidele and Elder Korede Oniya for being true ambassadors of TC, though nothing less was expected. God bless you both more abundantly.

“We went for a solar-powered borehole to reduce the issues associated with the running cost. Little did we know at the time, that a litre of petrol will go so high to over N500 per litre. With proper management, it will be able to serve the community for a long while. We, therefore, appeal to the Principal, Staff, and
Students to take possession of the borehole and manage it well. We shall by the grace of God within the year, God’s willing, come back to celebrate our 40th anniversary and homecoming when we shall focus on
ceremonies and ‘paint’ the town ‘red’. Pray along with us. Water is life and a necessity”.

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