One of Nigeria's leading colleges is this year celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. The Golden Jubilee?
One of Nigeria's leading colleges is this year celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. The Golden Jubilee of Barewa College was marked by ceremonies at Zaria on April 26th, attended by one of the college's most famous old boys, the Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon.
The college was opened in 1922 as the Katsina College. It was set up primarily to train teachers in the northern part of Nigeria. In 1931 the college was renamed the Katsina Higher College but was moved in 1937 to Kaduna, where it became the Kaduna College. In 1949, another move took the college to its present site at Zaria to be named the Zaria Secondary School.
The college was named Barewa College last year. The name means gazelle, and that animal is the college's emblem.
Among well-known Nigerians educated at the college were the late Prime Minister. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the late Premier of the North, Sir Ahmadu Bello and the former Chief of Staff Major-General Hassan Katsina.
SYNOPSIS: Arriving at Kaduna Airfield in Northern Nigeria -- the Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon. His trip to this part of the country was to attend the fiftieth anniversary ceremonies of his old school, Barewa College. But the airport arrival provided an opportunity for General Gowon to inspect a contingent of troops from the region who were drawn up as a guard of honour. Military governors and senior army officers greeted General Gowon.
As the General took the salute a local band played the National Anthem. Then General Gowon, escorted by army chiefs inspected men of the Nigerian Army's 81st battalion. These are among Nigeria's finest troops. General Gowon has been to this area often before: the airfield at Kaduna is near the centre of one of Nigeria's main military bases.
General Gowon's main purpose in visiting the area was to attend the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Barewa College in Zaria. At the school he met teachers past and present.
A welcome came from the President of Barewa Old Boys' Association, Alhaji Umaru Dikko. He told guests that the aim of all old boys of the college was to contribute towards building Nigeria, and serving it.
General Gowon had a place of honour on the rostrum as Mr. Dikko presented a trophy commemorating the jubilee to the principal of Barewa College.
The General was then invited to unveil a plaque at the college. General Gowon was to tell the crowd that his former school had played a significant role in evolution of Nigeria as a nation. The commemorative plaque is topped by a statue of the college emblem - a Barewa, or gazelle.