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INTRODUCING….FLOGA NEWS

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We have finally created a page on our website dedicated to NEWS on FLOGA activities all over the nation.

We are particularly excited about this because finally we have a platform on which we can keep everyone abreast of events wherever they may be.

So tell us what’s happening in your city.

Let us know if FLOGA in your city plans to have a meeting or girls from your class simply want to meet for lunch. Did any FLOGA-ite you know have a baby? Or are they getting married?

Tell FLOGA NEWS about it by contacting us on our website here. Or simply send us a mail at floganigeria@gmail.com.

Don’t be left out. Get into the main stream of FLOGA Activities!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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Happy New Year to all FLOGA-ites all around the word!

For most people, the turn of the year is usually a time for ‘New year Resolutions’. Rather than the usual, perhaps it is best to see the New Year as a time for ‘Re-Commitment’ . Let us recommit ourselves to the dreams, activities, and values we deem essential to our well-being and our well-doing.

In 2012, FLOGA’s main goal was to raise funds to support our Kitchen Project. We did our best and in the end, we raised a total of =N=400,000.00 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira Only) which has been presented to the school.

2013 is a special year indeed. Exactly 30years ago, the first set of old girls graduated from FGGC Langtang. There have been 29 other graduations since then. We should therefore strive to make this year count.

I believe that working collaboratively for a common cause or mission is at the heart of any great personal or professional achievement, and certainly it is no different when we contemplate the work we all do in service to to our Alma Mater and FLOGA.

As with every new year, there will be challenges. Yet in all this, let us also remember to view our blessed lives knowing that in adversity is always opportunity; to measure and value our glasses as half full rather than half empty.

Let us pray to  God to strengthen our faith and resolve in meeting these challenges and in leveraging our opportunities.

Truth is, no one person can do it alone. FLOGA is very fortunate to have many passionate and dedicated stakeholders – like you  – you invest their time, talents and resources in the future viability of FLOGA.

By working together, let us be all the more aware that in numbers we share the power to move mountains.We can help support our School, FGGC Langtang to lead future generations through education towards progress in our country and wherever we go.

We can also help FLOGA rise up out of obscurity to take her place in the comity of Alumni Associations in Nigeria and beyond.

Thank you for your commitment, loyalty and love for FGGC Langtang. I wish and your family a blessed and prosperous New Year.

FLOGA REUNION 2011 – THE FULL REPORT

A REPORT ON THE MAIDEN EDITION OF FEDERAL LANGTANG OLD GIRLS’ ASSOCIATION (FLOGA) REUNION, 2011

 

After several months of planning and campaigning, the maiden edition of the National Reunion of FGGC Langtang Old Girl’s Association (FLOGA) was held on Saturday, 3rd September 2011 at The Haven, 6A Lasale Street off Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama, Abuja.

The program was split in two parts – The Breakfast Session and The Fundraising Dinner/Gala Night.

The breakfast session was was held at the Riverplate Park (Durban Community Family Park) along Ahmadu Bello Way, Wuse II, Abuja. The meeting started at about 10am and it mostly involved everyone getting re-acquainted with one another after having not seen one another for several years.

Starting from the earliest graduating set present – 1984, to the latest graduating set present – 2006, each person was expected to address everyone. They were to introduce themselves and share tid bits about their lives in Langtang back then and their lives now. It was interesting and so much fun. There was more than enough laughter and joy to go around. In all, there were 45 girls present for the Breakfast Session which ended around 12noon.

The evening  session kicked off at about 8pm (the commencement of the program was delayed for a few hours as the organizing committee tried to sort out a few issues). The MC for the event – Ladi Gillian Akpa (90) – welcomed everyone and invited Gloria Kachiro (86) to give the opening speech. Umma Suleiman (92) thereafter was invited to say the opening prayers.

In honor of all our dear sisters, former teachers and former principals who have passed on, everyone present stood up for one minute’s silence. Three former Principals have so far passed on – Mrs Rohda Akpa, Mrs F.N Longs and Mrs Rotshak. May their souls rest in peace.

The School’s Anthem was sung, led by miss Vanessa Muda (’03). The Anthem was composed by Mr Kenine in 1994, he was then the Ag Vice Principal Acad.

The Taroh Dance Troupe thrilled the guests to  some energetic dance moves and acrobatic performances, filling the air with sounds of good old Taroh Music.

The Principal of FGGC Langtang, who was kind enough to honour us with her presence at the event, was called upon to to give her speech. Her speech is an attachment to this report. She was positively delighted that such an event should be taking place during her tenure saying that it was indeed an answer to prayer. She expressed hope in FLOGA and prayed that we would grow to become a formidable Alumni to be reckoned with Nationwide.

After the Principal’s speech, a Representative from Unity Schools’ Old Student’s Association (USOSA),  Mr S. I. A Mustafa, the Director for Research and Government Liaison at USOSA, proceeded to address the attendees.

He gave a brief history of how USOSA came to be, sharing some of the Association’s challenges and triumphs. He urged FLOGA to find her place within the USOSA framework in order to function effectively as well as reap the benefits of being active members of USOSA.

The Chapter Presidents of Abuja (Fati Murtala Ibrahim – 91), Jos (Represented by Gwamkat Lar – 2002), Lagos (Represented by Nkiruka Pedro-Iyalla  – 95) and Port Harcourt (Vivian Ozoekwe – 91) were called upon to speak briefly on the activities of their various Chapters – challenges they have faced and their plans for progress. Kaduna Chapter had no representative. It was generally noted that all the existing chapters needed to begin to function properly by first of all holding an election (if none has been held already). The USOSA Constitution which is beeing adapted by Lagos Chapter for the FLOGA National body, is to be sent out to all chapters and everyone is to be bound by the rules and regulations set forth therein. FLOGA is to have National officers to help coordinate her activities on the national level. Modalities for this election were not discussed at the event.

At the end of the speech giving, the Business Meeting kicked off. It was chaired by Opeyemi Abebe – 92 with Nkiruka Pedro-Iyalla – 95 as her assistant.

A PowerPoint presentation showing pictures of the current state of the some of the school’s infrastructure was shown. Of particular interest was the totally dilapidated kitchen building which looked like its already crumbling walls were made of mere clay blocks.

Nkiruka proceeded to explain to everyone that discussions had already taken place earlier in the year and a possible project identified which is, building a new kitchen for the school. Nkechi Kwalmi – 91 who is an architect came up with a design for the new kitchen and the Bill of Materials (BOM) required to construct it bringing the total cost to =N=6.5 Million Naira.

Powerponit presentations of the Architectural Drawings and Model Pictures were also shown.

(These pictures and drawings are attached to this report.)

Since building the kitchen was our idea of helping the school, we wanted to hear from the Principal herself if there was any other more pressing issue that needed attention.

After commending our efforts, the Principal agreed that indeed the kitchen was in very poor state and it was included in her budget proposal for the year. However, only =N=2 Million Naira was provided for the project. In her opinion, that money would only be enough to build the foundation for the new kitchen and nothing else. She intends to make the same request in her budget proposal for next year with the hopes of getting more funds for the project.

The Principal also pointed out that the school did not have a Library. The building which houses what they now call the Library is part of the Admin Block and the structure is so dilapidated that it would be more cost ef fective to tear down the building than to attempt to renovate it. There are barely any books for the students to read in the library and hardly any standard furniture.

The floor was theafter opened for comments and contributions on what needs to be done. At the end of the discussions, it was agreed that we should go ahead with the kitchen project since changing plans at that point would be tantamount to a total rework of plans and designs. We were advised not to be overly ambitious but to take on projects that we can actually deliver on. It was also agreed that the project would be undertaken together as the National body of FLOGA.

Even though modalities for actual fundraising were not discussed during the Business Meeting, it was the general consensus that every old girl should contribute their financial resources towards this noble goal.

The business meeting was concluded and an American Auction was held for a mystery item. Uduak Oludemi – 92 chaired that aspect of the program with Chijindu Onyenkwere – 93 and Susan Kure – 94 assisting her. It was so much fun as everyone bidded competitively in order to ensure that they went home with the mystery item. Susan Kure was the proud winner of the precious mystery item.

In all, a total of =N=318, 500.00 was realised at the auction with =N= 38, 800 realised in cash. Bidders are still remitting the outstanding monies.

The reunion cake (made by Angela Iyere – 91) was cut by the Principal in the company of the school teachers in attendance and one representative each from all the graduating sets present. Everyone broke into song as the DJ played the background music “We are the World” by Micheal Jackson. It was touching indeed. We were re-echoing the ageless words of that song  – “…We are the ones to make a better day , so let’s start giving…”

We were all somehow re-affirming in our hearts the fact that the change must start with each one of us and we must give sacrificially to make that change happen.

After the cutting of the cake, a presentation was made to the Principal on behalf of FLOGA – Clinic supplies worth about =N=100,000.00. The Principal was elated, thanking everyone for their generousity and thoughtfulness. According to her, we were ensuring that she did not go back to the school empty handed.

After the presentation, it was dance, dance, dance! As the DJ thrilled everyone to hits of yesterday and today. It felt like “Saturday Social Night” all over again. It was indeed a time to “Bring back the good old days!”

The blue carpet which should have taken place earlier also took place at the end of the event. There were pictures, interviews and general paparazzi.

Most of the guests started dispersing at about 10.30pm.

It was a successful outing indeed and our profuse thanks go out to everyone who made this possible.

God bless you.


Some existing structures in the school

Architectural Drawings for the Proposed New Kitchen

3D Model Rendering of the Kitchen after completion

Reunion Balance Sheets

FLOGA REUNION 2011- THE PRINCIPAL’S SPEECH

CLINIC MATTERS

We have grand plans for our school project and those plans are still in

place. The main plan is to help our Alma Mater renovate the kitchen and upgrade to modern status as expected of a Federal College. The secondary plan which we intend to carry out right away is to help equip the clinic and upgrade it over time. Below is a list of drugs and clinic supplies we would like to present to the principal during the reunion.

Everyone is expected to contribute towards this effort. Simply go to a Pharmacy and buy the drugs you wish to contribute in whatever quantity you can afford and bring it with you to our breakfast session on the reunion day. If you will not be coming but wish to contribute, you can send your package to the President of FLOGA Abuja. You can also pay cash while indicating the clinic supplies you wish to contribute towards.

Remember your days in Langtang and how miserable you felt when you were sick and all that the clinic could offer you was paracetamol. We want these girls now to have access to drugs required to treat common ailments. Help that little girl today. Give freely!

Call 08034865490 for details.

Thank you.

 

Funding Our Reunion

If you have identified with FLOGA (Federal Langtang Old Girls Association), you have indicated your interest in and commitment towards what we are trying to achieve. The truth is that we all need one another to make our dreams come true.

Our reunioon is not far away anymore (3rd September 2011) and there is a growing sense of urgency to put things in place to ensure that we have a successful outing.

Up until now, most of our plans have been written on paper. We would like to proceed to the next level of actualizing them.

We would need to book the venue for our event, pay for catering services and entertainment, photography and security as well. Since this reunion is a national one, it would involve a bit of publicity too. At the top of our list however, is the fundraising for our alma mater. If you have seen some recent pictures of our school you willl appreciate the fact that she needs our help. We would like to contribute substantially towards rebuilding our school so she can shine once more as the “Bright Star of Langtang North”.

In order to cover the cost of the aforementioned aspects of our program, we are asking everyone to make a contribution of =N=20,000.00 (Twenty Thousand Naira Only) towards our reunion. The amount may sound steep at first but considering the enormous amount of work that will be going into the event not to mention the substantial amount we intend to contribute towards rebuilding our school, the amount barely covers it.

In order to lighten the burden on us, a provision has been made for installment payments to be made. A maximum of four installments of =N=5,000.00 is allowed provided the last installment is paid by the 31st of July 2011.

Please note that this contribution is required of every langtang old girl whether or not you plan to attend the reunion. We are aware that there are some very young ones amongst us who may not be able to afford to pay the said amount and these ones will be addressed on a case by case basis. We would however, like to encourage the senior ones amongst us to pay in part for a younger one to attend.

Part of our reunion program involves a breakfast meeting on the morning of our event day. For that session, we are all required to wear our reunion T-Shirt. This T-shirt costs =N=2,500.00 (Two Thousand Five Hundred Naira Only).

All payments are to be made in favour of FLOGA LAGOS into our Diamond Bank Account with the following details.

  • Account Name – FLOGA LAGOS
  • Account Number – 0041130000037

Please keep your teller safe and text your name and teller number to  – 08066377931 or 08034865490

If you’re paying for your T-shirt as well, kindly text your name, teller number, year of graduation and size (S, M, L, XL etc) to either of the numbers listed above.

For those of us in the diaspora, arrangements are currently being made to enable on-line payment via paypal on our site but until this feature comes on, we would welcome contributions via any of the money transfer platforms availabe – Western Union Money Transfer or Moneygram.

The wire transfer should be addressed to our Treasurer (Lagos Chapter) – Mrs Chijindu Onyenkwere and a text sent to any of the numbers above.

The urgency of our situation cannot be over emphasised. Make up your mind to contribute and do it today.

Thank you.

Nkiruka Ohale (Pedro-Iyalla)

For the Planning Committee.

PS: If you have not registered on our website, please follow this link to do so – http://www.langtangoldgirls.com/

The Birth of FLOGA Lagos!

I personally looked forward to Saturday, February the 5th with great expectation. The day dawned bright and fair as though privy to fact that there was to be a meeting of Langtang Old Girls living in Lagos later on that day. A unique meeting indeed because for the first time, it would involve old girls from several sets.

The venue of the meeting was OceanView Restaurants Victoria Island Lagos. The conveners of the meeting were able to secure a vantage area within the Coral Snack bar where a table seating 30 people was set up. The setting looked so chic!

You could almost cut the excitement in the air with a knife. Every few minutes there were  excited screams and giggles as one by one Langtang Old Girls made their way to the table. It was so much fun to watch as several old girls who hadn’t seen each other in years, locked their arms in  warm embrace that said “It’s so good to see you again!”

Even though the meeting was billed to start at 12noon, it officially kicked off at 1.15pm. A welcome address was given by Helen Ntukidem(Olowo) and everyone proceeded to introduce themselves afterwards.

Nkiruka Pedro-Iyalla(Ohale) gave a brief summary of all the activities that had taken place so far with respect to planning our reunion. She mentioned that a planning committee had been constituted and following several online polls, Abuja was chosen as  the location for the event and a  tentative date was set for the 20th of August 2011.

She pointed out that up until then, only two chapters of FLOGA (Federal Langtang Old Girls’ Association) were functional – Jos and Abuja and she had so far tried to liaise with the executives of the two chapters.

The issue of fund raising was of utmost importance as the reunion would not be successful if not properly funded.

Eme Aderinokun insisted that we would have to look inwards and raise funds first before seeking for sponsorship from external bodies.

After much deliberation, it was agreed that the Lagos Chapter of FLOGA needed to be instituted and only then can discussions concerning the reunion proceed. Amidst loud rounds of applause, FLOGA Lagos was born and executives were nominated and appointed.

  1. President – Angela Iyere
  2. Vice President – Niniola Are Balogun
  3. Secretary – Nkiruka Pedro-Iyalla
  4. Treasurer – Chijindu Onyenkwere
  5. Financial Secretary – Lilian Garba
  6. Public Relations Office/Provost – Uduak Oludemi
  7. Welfare Officer – Uchechi Odum Udeagha
  8. Social/Entertainment Officer – Taiwo Seriki
  9. Consultant  – Ngozi Oguguah

A monthly due of =N=1,000.00 was stipulated and backdated to January, 2011. A total of =N=12,000.00 per annum.

Meetings are to hold every two months until the reunion and every three months thereafter. There were several volunteers who offered to host us at the next meeting which was fixed for Saturday the 16th of April 2011.

Many others also volunteered to come with food, drinks and an assortment of edibles for the next meeting. Already, that meeting promises to be wow! If you missed the last one, you cannot afford to miss this one. Tell others about it and plan to make it there yourself.

The following people were present at that meeting.

S/N FULL NAME SET
1 Sope Aderogba 83
2 Anaga Ada Ethel 85
3 Abiola Awote 86
4 Ngozi Oguguah 88
5 Helen Olowo 88
6 Uchechi Odum-Udeagha 89
7 Busola Abimbola 89
8 Maureen Udom 89
9 Okongwu Winifred 89
10 Niniola Balogun-Are 90
11 Eme Aderinokun 90
12 Angela Iyere 90
13 Uduak Oludemi 91
14 Ebele Mogor(Angela) 91
15 Ngozika Dike 91
16 Ifeanacho Chinwemma 91
17 Taiwo Seriki 92
18 Azeez Adebike 92
19 Temitayo Osunleyi 93
20 Sade Adugbe 93
21 Chijindu Onyenkwere 93
22 Ikeoluwapo ErinOluwa 93
23 Amina Ashiru 94
24 Eno Iziyon 94
25 Lilian Garba 94
26 Onuoha Judith O. 95
27 Madu Ifeoma 95
28 Kwakfut Sedang 95
29 Nkiruka Pedro-Iyalla 95
30 Ahyeno Tanyishi 98
31 Hauwa Pantuvo 99
32 Akwitti Nwadiuto 00
33 Iruoma Ohale 02

Details of the next meeting shall be announced in due course.

Wherever you are, let’s help take FLOGA to greater heights!

PRO UNITATE!

FLOGA Meeting in Lagos

Like we announced on our Facebook page, a meeting of all Langtang Old Girls living in Lagos has been scheduled so if  you fall into that category, this blog post is for you!

Below are the details of that meeting:

Date: Saturday 5th February 2011

Venue: Ocean View Restaurants, Plot 1415 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island Lagos.

Time: 12noon (No African time please)

Dress Code: Anything comfortable ( A touch of blue and white would be nice)

Agenda: We shall be discussing our National Reunion coming up later on this year. A poll is currently running to finalize the date. Please go here and vote if you haven’t done so already.

Menu: Some people have asked about booking the venue, catering for the meeting etc. Since this meeting is the very first in the series and mostly an informal one, we thought it best to keep the cost very minimal. We shall meet at the restaurant just like normal guests would and everyone is free to order whatever they want and pay for it.

We have uploaded the available menu offered at the CORAL SNACK BAR for your perusal and also to enable you decide ahead of time what it is you might prefer to eat so that you can prepare adequately for it.

If we all arrive early, the meeting itself can be concluded in 2hours. Thereafter, we shall have time to mingle and catch up with old friends. It is going to be so much fun!

To RSVP for this event, you may call the following numbers –

Angela Ame Iyere – 08139606381 , 08125237378

Chijindu Wagbaranta Onyenkwere – 08066377931

Nkiruka Pedro-Iyalla – 08034865490.

Looking forward to seeing you there!