Federal Government Girls College, Benin City

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Federal Government Girls College, Benin City (FGGC Benin) is a federal government funded girls institution that prepares young girls for the future. FGGC Benin is located in Benin City, Edo State in the midwestern region of Nigeria, West Africa.

Federal Government Girls College, Benin City
Address
Federal Government Girls College, PMB 1161
Benin City, Edo State
Nigeria
Coordinates 6°23'19"N 5°37'34"E
Information
Type Federal Funded Public Secondary School
Motto Prounitate
Established 15 October 1973 (1973-10-15)
School district Ugbowo
Principal Mrs Patience Erhahon
Female Female
Colour(s) Pink/Pink Black Stripes
Nickname FEDIBEN

History[edit]

Federal Government Girls College, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria was founded by the Federal Government of Nigeria on 15 October 1973, with initial student membership of about 72. The College was one of the first set of 13 unity schools established that year and was at the forefront of improving female education in Nigeria .[1]

FGGC Benin which was initially at its temporary site at Idia College in 1973 moved to its current permanent site located very close to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) in September 1975 and has a road named after it (Federal Road). Her first principal was Miss R. Bokdawala.[2]

Previous principals of the school include Ms Bokdawala, Ms Pelly, Mrs Omigie, Mrs Obiennu, Mrs Oligbo, Mrs Nnamme, Mrs Gladys Ekhabafe, Mrs Omogbai-Osyka, Mrs Eza, Mrs Ajila, Mrs P.U Erhahon, Mrs Falashinnu and Mrs Kez Okeke.

Vision[edit]

To foster a spirit of oneness and national unity among students.[3]

Mission[edit]

FGGC Benin City's motto "ProUnitate", epitomised the aims and objectives of establishing the 104 Unity schools in Nigeria which was to instill a sense of patriotism and allow Nigerian students receive a quality education irrespective of state, tribe and culture. It aims to provide a rigorous but sensitive secondary education, while at the same time impressing upon its students the enormous ethical and moral responsibilities which will be theirs as ambassadors of the school.[4]

College Life[edit]

The College strives to maintain a fine balance between high academic standards and encouraging personal development of the individual through interaction with others; accomplished through participation in a wide range of extracurricular activities including the Annual House Festival of Arts and Inter-House Sports Games.[5]

It has passed through its own vicissitudes due to varying academics policies and the various government educational reforms from the Babs Fafunwa’s 6-3-3-4 to Ezekwezeli’s 9-3-4, and now back to the 6-3-3-4. The college like its contemporaries has an array of college activities and has a hostel life incorporated with various extra-curricular activities which helps the all-round development of the students. With hostels named after Benin heroins, the college boasts of Adesuwa house clad in Blue, Emotan house adorn the yellow check, Eweka house in purple, Omigie house (a mix of various houses created to help ease the congestion in the other hostels), Moremi house wonderfully looking in their red check.

It also encourages respect and so combines both senior and junior students, and tries to reduce to the barest minimum the various cases of bullying that is not alien to systems run like this. The senior girl and the various prefects work hand-in-hand with the college staff to ensure a smooth running of the school.

Alumni[edit]

Federal Government Girls' College, Benin City has very strong alumni associations in the United Kingdom, United States of America and Nigeria.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://freewebs.com/fggcbenincity/history
  2. ^ http://www.fggcbeninoga.org/fggc/index.php/school-history
  3. ^ http://www.fggcbenin.com
  4. ^ http://www.fggcbeninoga.org/fggc/index.php/school-history
  5. ^ http://www.starbacks.ca/Wellesley/4655/Intro.htm