ST. PATRICK’S COLLEGE EMENE, ENUGU
THE SACRIFICE THAT MADE IT
THE COLLEGE MOTTO: FIDELIS ET INTEGRA (Faithfulness and Integrity)
1). To be the most preferred mission school in Nigeria
2). To be the most preferred employer of mission teachers
3). To be a model of cordial relationship between the school and government, also between the school and the local community
4). To be a model for the nurturing of young minds who are leaders of tomorrow
5). To give hope to the hopeless by impacting quality education to the student
To be the leading post-primary institution in all-around qualitative education and morality within the country Nigeria
ST. PATRICK’S ANTHEM
Great and glorious Saint Patrick
Pray for your dear children
Great and glorious Saint Patrick
Hearken to the prayers of your children
1. Ireland’s champion saint all hail
With fadeless glory crowned
The children of your ardent zeal
This day your praise shall sound
2. Born on the winds of charity
To Erin’s coast you flew
Bade Satan from her valleys flee
And his dark shrines o’erthrew
3. Wondering thro ‘errors gloomy right
Our fathers did lose their way
You cheer’d their hearts with heav’nly night
With truth’s consoling ray
4. Oh what a harvest crowned your toil
The earth long cur’d was blessed
Each lovely virtue graced its soil
The sinners’ heart find rest
With the above refrain by the white-upon white dressed youths of St. Patrick’s College, Emene, a new school day is ushered in.
St. Patrick’s College is located at the heart of Emene town and was the brain child of the Catholic church. It was an effort to provide secondary school that will satisfy the unquenchable desire for western education in this part of the country. It was one of the few such schools undertaken by the Catholic church.
Bishop Shanahan planned to build modern missionary headquarters at Emene. His scheme for the headquarters included among other things a personage, a higher educational institution, a hospital and a convent. A very good start was made by the Bishop’s area representative, Rev. Fr. Davey, whose base was at Eko. In 1919 Rev. Fr. Grendin obtained land to build a school and church. A Father’s rest house was built as well as a government assisted school.
However, unforeseen difficulties arose and in 1926 the desire for the establishment of a Catholic university in the present location of SPSS was brought before the Eastern House of Assembly. The house favored the idea in principle, but the reasoning in private quarters might have been why should a religious body be allowed to establish the first full-fledged University in Nigeria, more so when the idea of establishing the university in Nsukka was already being contemplated. Expectedly, the mute idea of establishing a University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) took precedence. Nsukka won, Emene lost, albeit not completely. Fr. Davey transferred St. Patrick’s School to Coal Camp, Enugu. Further plans by the Catholic mission to develop Emene were suspended.
In the early nineteen-thirties, Rev. Fr. TJ Brosnahan visited Emene as the Vicar-General. He advised that a government assisted school should be re-established at Emene and Bishop Shanahan’s abandoned plan be implemented with minimum delay. In 1934 with the assistance of Rev. Fr. White, then resident at Enugu, church and school returned to Emene. In 1956 St. Joseph’s Teacher Training College (SJTTC) was opened and St. Patrick’s school became a practicing school for Teacher Training College.
In January 1960. St. Patrick’s Secondary School was sited on an 85-acre land, opposite SJTTC with an initial in-take of thirty students. With a land mass of about thirty-two hectares (starting from the old Abakaliki road and dove-tailing into the Railway line), the school is an is an envy of other schools not blessed with enough land space. The large expanse of arable land, the level and ever-green football pitches, the luxuriant ixora and whistling pines that friendly escort visitors to the school, all add up to the qualities that make the school tick. The pathway that criss-cross the massive landscape are all adorned with beautiful flowers. Buildings are strategically aligned in their proper places, bringing harmony and scenic beauty to the settings. Most Rev. Dr. Archbishop Charles Herecy opened it as a nucleus of a higher institution of learning in pursuance of Bishop Shanahan’s laid down policy, although the late Bishop’s dream never reached fruition. When the teacher training college phased out in 1972, its premises became campus II of SPC Emene.
AS LATE SIR EMEKA CY UMEH (Pioneer Student 1960-1964) SAW IT
In mid-January 1960, 34 young men headed to Emene to start a new cycle of their lives. These brilliant young boys were first school leaving certificate holders who went through the process of entrance exams and college interviews and finally were admitted to the college, St Patrick’s College, Emene. The roads to Emene were from different parts of then Eastern Nigeria. Some came from Nsukka, Enugu Ezike, Uke, Okpatu, Umulumgbe, Oghe, Ngwo, Ozala, Akagbe, Nnenwe, Awgu, Nike, Aba, Umuahia, and of course, some villages in Emene. Majority of us who came from Enugu attended different primary schools, namely St. Patrick’s Ogbete, St. Bridget Asata, St. Michaels Constructions and St. Mary’s Uwani. It is worth mentioning that all the 34 students were Catholics.
When we arrived at Emene, we were directed to St. Joseph’s Teachers Training College. While we were there, we all hoped that before long, we would be taken to our own school, SPC. We were overwhelmed with joy and happiness when an Irish priest by name Rev. Father Smith came to welcome us. He introduced himself as our Principal, embraced and welcomed all of us. He told us that St. Joseph’s was our final destination and that we were to be there temporary until our own school was built within 3-4 months. St. Patrick’s college was to be built opposite St. Joseph’s on about 30-40 acres of land that was yet to be developed. The construction of the school started one month after we have settled down as part of St. Joseph’s Training College. Most of us were young adult sharing the facility with people old enough to be our parents. All recreational activities were combined. We had one classroom for all our lectures, shared the refectory with St. Joseph’s students. Our teachers were Rev. Father Smith, Rev. Father Hogan and Rev. Father Cochran who was also the Principal of St. Joseph’s Training College. The priests helped a lot to settle us down, and set the pace for our daily activities at school. One of the things they forced us to do was attending morning mass every single day, and we resented it. Of course, if you are caught not being in any of these morning masses, you would be punished and suspended from the school. We started to get used to college life, having left home to deal with a new phase of life. We were enjoying every day of college life. Curricula activities were on track and our morale was very high as young college students.
One Monday morning, an inspector from the Ministry of Education walked into our classroom, greeted our Principal, looked around and delivered a letter to him. After he read the letter, both of them walked out of the classroom – from our Principal’s facial expression, we could sense that something was wrong. Later, our principal came back and told us that our school had been shut down for non-compliance of the policies of the education Ministry. St. Patrick’s college was to be closed until their own campus was fully constructed and built.
As young as we were then, all of us were confused and could not comprehend exactly what Fr. Smith had told us. The next day, we were instructed to go home. The Principal assured us that the college would be reopened in four months. It was at this stage that it became obvious that we were really going back home. All of us broke down in tears. Our Principal was so generous and gracious in helping us through the shock. He made sure that we all had enough transportation money to take us back to our respective destination. He also gave us reading assignments and books of all kinds that would keep us focused for the duration of this forced vacation from school.
The month of May 1960, witnessed the real birth of the campus of St. Patrick’s College in Emene. The emergence of the institution was the hand work of our Principal, Rev. Fr. Smith from Ireland. He worked relentlessly and completed the buildings at a record time and also got the required approval from the Ministry of Education to reopen the school. The four solid buildings on the massive acres of land were constructed by a renowned Construction Engineering Company owned by Chief Enewally. We had one dormitory, one classroom block, one science building and one refectory. Electricity and plumbing issues were taken care of by this renowned construction company. The most challenging issue we had was the availability of portable water; we drank out of a shallow well behind the school and sometimes, trekked to the stream (mmili ocha) behind St. Joseph’s Teacher’s Training College to fetch drinking water and also water for cooking our food. Personal hygiene was not at its best.
Right after SPC was reopened, Fr. Smith left for a well-deserved vacation to his country. We later heard that he was not coming back due to health issues complicated by malaria. Another Irish priest, Rev. Fr. John Prendergast was brought in as our Principal then. He brought in a new era of academic and competitive sports. He recruited one American Peace Corp by name, Albert Ulmer as our science master. Albert Ulmer “Americanized” our school then. Every student wanted to speak like him, dressed like him and walked like him, it was really fun. The other teachers during our time were Mr. MP Amilo (boy yo yo). He was our ideal teacher (a guy, a real guy), unfortunately, he passed during the Nigerian/Biafran war as a captain in the army. Mr. Onwudinjo, Mr. & Mrs. Agusiegbe, Mr. & Mrs. Nambodhri from India and later, Mr. Louis Odimegwu (Arizona). These teachers set up very high competitive educational standard for SPC. You were either in or out. At this point, four students out of the original 34 dropped out of the school. 30 students were qualified to finally take the West African School Certificate Exam in 1964. 26 out of 30 students passed the exam – the four unfortunate students who did not pass the WASC became very successful in life – one of them even had a PhD in a discipline. We really had very smart students because we had very caring and hard working tutors who had every student’s interest at heart.
SPORTS: In the field of sports, SPC was right in the middle being a very young school. Football (soccer), track & field events, hockey game, lawn tennis and ping pong games were the key sports in the school. Our American instructor introduced the basketball game, but we paid little or no attention to it because it was then considered women’s sports. Our football team was great with late Joseph Nnamdi Uzokwe as our goal keeper who after graduation was recruited by Enugu Black Rocks as their goalkeeper. Teddy Anikputa, Fidelis Ifedi, George Enweonwu (late), Willie Koggu (late), John Asiegbu, Anselm Anikwelu, Charles Ogbu, John Amugbanite (late) and Anthony Ejiofor, etc. were members of our football team! Our rivals were St. Vincent’s Agbogwugwu, St. Theresa’s Nsukka, C.I.C. Enugu, Corpus Christi, Achi, Bergendorph College, Adazi and Our Lady of Lourdes, Iwolo Oghe led by Dominic Nwobodo, who later played for Enugu Rangers. The trophies to be won were: Nnaji cup, Governor’s cup and Bishop Shanahan’s cup. We played the games with pride.
TRACK & FIELD EVENTS: The following alumni represented our school in this event, Chief Patrick Onyia, Chief Oliver Nwosu – represented our school in AAA. Late Jerry Ifeacho, Chief Nicholas Ani, Chief Eddie Nwanne and Dr. Michael Akpangbo – these guys ran cross country from our school to Emene Airport and back to school and they were really good sprinters.
SOCIAL CLUBS: Apart from the above mentioned sports, we had other societies to develop students in certain areas of their interest. We had a debating/Literary Society, Boys Scout Movement, Young Christian Society and Geographic Society.
S.P.C BEFORE THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR
The pioneer work in St. Patrick’s College was undertaken by Rev. Father Sean Shine, who handed over to Mr. D.G Brayshaw, soon after the site had been given the look of an educational institution. The school started originally with a single stream system but began to operate double stream system of 30 students per stream in 1955 after preparing the pioneer students for school Certificate Examination in December 1954. in the school was laid, partly by late Fr. Hogan, the principal of St. Joseph’s T.T.C, Emene and partly by Fr. Shine, the first principal of the school, with the ultimate view to accommodate a maximum of 300 students.
In 1962, Fr. Joseph Prendergast, a sports enthusiast, was posted from Holy Ghost Juniorate, Ihiala to S.PC. Emene to help influence the whole history and character of that institution and make it a high-pressure institution in Enugu zone until the Nigerian civil war disrupted school systems in the former Eastern Region in 1967. S.P.C Emene reached its glorious age under Fr. Prendergast. It attained and maintained academic, athletic, social and moral excellence.
Fr. Prendergast initiated great schemes of buildings, sports arena, football pitches, orchards to mention just a few. The school made rapid all-round progress. The school science laboratories were richly equipped that the pioneer students were able to use for separate science subjects in the school certificate exams. The pro-war academic performances of the school were indeed excellent. S.P.C. Emene kept brilliant records in diverse fields. Her students shone in sports and soccer in both state and national levels. In sports, the very pioneer students as Teddy Anikputa, Anselm Anikwelu, Anthony Ojonta of happy memory and Oliver Nwosu set individual records, which have not yet been broken in school competitions. The quality of teaching and response by students as well as the lovely scenery of the school premises attracted the attention of both government functionaries and private citizens. Dr. Akanu Ibiam, then Governor of the defunct Eastern Region of Nigeria, to mention but one, was an ardent admirer and patron of the school. He was a regular guest at the school’s annual sports celebrations. In 1967, the glamour and splendor of S.P.C Emene reached the zenith, but the unfortunate civil war (1967 – 1970) destroyed the nurtured fame and glory of the school.
The background history of St. Patrick’s College, Emene would not be complete without putting on record the names of teachers who assisted Fr. Prendergast:
Mr. Breshaw: An English teacher who taught English language and returned to the U.K at the beginning of the civil war and later became an Anglican priest. He acted as a principal at times when Fr. Prendergast was on leave.
Mr. Luke Agusiegbe (KSM) from Urualla who also acted for Fr. Prendergast. Mr. Agusiegbe died in 2010.
Mr. Peter Onwudinjo (KSM): an ex-Rev. Brother who is still resident in Emene.
Mr. Fred Onuorah from Amawbia: The first teacher at the opening of the college, who taught all subjects except English and religion.
Mr. Osuoha: The ever-vigilant, self-appointed security man who made sure that St. Patrick’s premises were safe from criminals.
Messers AL Ulmar &Tailor: Two American peace corps teachers who helped the school and the boys in no small measures.
Credit also goes to so many ordinary and extra individuals who through their love for the school provided selfless sacrifices to the school.
S.P.C. EMENE (1967 – 1970)
S.P.C. Emene was closed for normal classes in July 1967 following the outbreak of the civil war in the country. Later, the school became a war theatre. There was a plan to re-open it at Corpus Christi College, Achi. Like a caring father, Prendergast did not give up hope of saving the school. He quickly transferred the school to Corpus Christi College, Achi. Unfortunately, this later action proved to be a panic measure. For no sooner had the school relocated, Achi later fell into federal hands also. Subsequent occupation of other towns in the region sent SPSS and other educational institutions into oblivion.
On cessation of hostilities in 1970, Prendergast left the country for fear of being victimized by the Federal authorities - having played active role in the international effort to save dying Biafran children. Prendergast was by then enjoying his old age in California, USA. Prendergast’s exit in 1970 created an opportunity for the first indigenous principal of the school by the name, Mr. Luke Agusiegbe. Mr. Agusiegbe did not last long in the school. Mr. Agusiegbe left the school in 1970, handing the baton to Mr. Emmanuel Ogwuma. Mr. Ogwuma stayed only one year before handing over to Rev. Fr. Charles Ikeme (a.k.a. Odobro).
EFFECTS OF THE CIVIL WAR ON THE COLLEGE
St. Patrick’s Secondary School Emene reopened for regular classes March 1970, after the premises had slight damage on physical structures but almost irreparable damage on discipline, organization and management. In fact, fifteen years after the civil war in Nigeria, subsequent SPSS, Emene school administrations struggled to bring the school back to its pre-war level of attainment.
The school re-opened in 1970 with many war veterans as students. These students brought indiscipline and lawlessness into the school. Their characteristic behavior tended to jeopardize the school administration. School administration was further weakened by intrigues, maneuvers and out maneuvers in some quarters, resulting in frequent transfers of post-war principals of St. Patrick’s Secondary School. This development in the history of the school helped largely to bring out instability of administration, as most principals of the school due to short tenures were not allowed time to effectively bring many problems of the school to resolution (see Appendix: past and present principals of St. Patrick’s Secondary School, Emene).
For nearly a decade after the civil war ended, there had not been any substantial reconstruction or rehabilitation in the school. New buildings were not erected. Old ones were neglected. Buildings started before the war were not completed. The compound wore drab outlook and lacked all the qualities and features of an ideal educational institution: no seats, no desks, no chalkboards, no teaching aids, no disciplines, no order, no organization – practically nothing.
ATTEMPTS MADE BY POST-WAR PRINCIPALS TO GRAPPLE WITH PROBLEMS OF THE SCHOOL
The immediate post-war era of St. Patrick’s College, Emene was an era characterized with problems, which needed firm, tactful, judicious handling by serene and experienced administrators. Unfortunately, most principals who came to this school during that time were either, by design or accident, transferred before they could understand the complexity of the problems, let alone solving them. This phenomenon compounded and worsened the perennial problems of the school. Despite this unfavorable atmosphere, a few of the principals managed to engrave their names in the chronicles of St. Patrick’s College, Emene.
REV FATHER CHARLES IKEME 1972
During his one session tenure of office in St. Patrick’s College, Emene, Fr. Ikeme made a determined effort to reconstruct and rehabilitate the school. He rebuilt the refectory and provided dining tables and forms. He restored electric light in the school. He pursued vigorously Father Prendergast’s policies. He rehabilitated the pro-war soccer fields behind the school, which were turned into arable land after his departure. Fr. Ikeme acquired the premises of the former teacher training college as second campus of St. Patrick’s College. Whether Fr. Ikeme took this step to improve the shattered discipline of the school or whether the acquisition of campus II improved discipline or worsened it, are still up for debate. However, Fr. Ikeme employed all his mental as well as his physical abilities to improve the general tone of the school. But he was transferred just when he needed time and encouragement to stabilize his efforts.
MR. A.Z.K. ORIZU 1973
Mr. Orizu replaced Father Ikeme. Mr. Orizu was magnanimous and full of rich ideas for the school. The Motto: “No Substitute for Learning” which he designed for the school, is a living testimony of his noble ideas for St. Patrick’s College, Emene. By a classical, characteristic maneuver Mr. Orizu was removed after a school term. He had not fully adjusted himself to take off from where Fr. Ikeme had stopped. The efforts of Fr. Ikeme merely disintegrated and sank into oblivion under subsequent administrations. Law and order broke down, rioting became the order of the day. It was an epoch of indiscipline.
MR. RALPH N. IGWEDIBIE 1977 - 1984
Of about fourteen principals that had so far piloted the affairs of St. Patrick’s College, Emene, Mr. Ralph N. Igwedibie had the singular privilege of holding longest tenure of office. This gave him the desired advantage of tackling the problems of the school more realistically than any other post-war principals. Mr. Igwedibie was a giant among giants. He arrived February 1977. He invited all and sundry to join forces with him to redeem the tarnished image of the school. He took personal risks to achieve this noble objective. One of his early appointments was a roving housemaster, who moved with him to Ekwulu stream and to eating houses in town to track down students considered bad eggs. The end of 1976/1977 session saw mass exodus of tutorial and non-tutorial staff who could not work with Mr. Igwedibie as a team. It also witnessed the largest expulsion of students from any school at any time in the then Anambra state school system. This disciplinary measure cleared the way for Mr. Igwedibie to deal effectively with the ills of the school. He achieved an encouraging measure of success in restoring sanity in the lives of the students and in stamping out ‘EXPO’ and other examination malpractices in the school. Mr. Igwedibie carried Fr. Ikeme’s policies of reconstruction and rehabilitation further, leaving behind him, a number of reconstructed buildings and one of the largest examination halls in Anambra state, named aptly “IGWEDIBIE HALL” as living testimony.
REV. BR. FABIAN PETER OKEKE - 1984
Rev. Br. F.P. Okeke is a Marist brother. His religious order turns out teachers specially trained to run schools. His special appeal to conscience since his arrival at St. Patrick’s secondary School, Emene helped produce positive results of making students realize their duty to attend classes regularly and also making students realize their obligation to stay in class. During his tenure, there was respect for law and order. Br. Okeke inspired discipline to learn. Br. Okeke has the singular honor of being ‘Silver Jubilee’ principal of the school. The ‘Jubilee’ principal and his staff worked very hard to give students all round education.
APPRAISAL OF ST. PATRICK’S COLLEGE EMENE AFTER 25 YEARS OF EXISTENCE 1960 - 1985
One of the cardinal aims of secondary education in Nigeria is the production of literate citizens capable of pursuing higher education for the attainment of their professional or vocational ambition. In this wise, SPSS has not been found wanting. If one is asked whether St. Patrick’s College, Emene has justified its establishment the past twenty-five years, the answer is a unequivocal ‘YES’. S.P.C. Emene has proudly justified its existence. Before the Nigerian civil war broke out in 1967. S.P.C. Emene had made a name in sports and academics in Eastern Nigeria. The school grew from a student population of 240 before the outbreak of the civil war in 1967 to a staggering student population of 1,300 in 1985. It is pleasant to note that the achievements of the school grew proportionally with its fast-growing student population.
The size of the school is on one hand a source of its strengths and on the other hand its albatross. A visitor to the school becomes astounded by the porous nature of the school. It is most unfortunate that after thirty-seven years of productive live, the school has not been fenced. The result of this total ‘nakedness’ of the school is most unfortunate. Both legal and illegal persons gain uninterrupted access to the school at any time of the day or night. Nearby residents have also converted school land for their domestic use, where all manner of refuse is dumped. The porous nature of the school has also presented administrative-cum-disciplinary challenges to the school management. First, student movements are a challenge to monitor, as students use any of the numerous ‘Apian Ways’. In the face of this, control and discipline, truancy, lateness, gallivanting, theft and general sense of insecurity, rare their ugly heads.
Lamenting this situation, Nze Ogbozor, a former principal of the school noted that his major problem in the school was its porous nature. This statement was equally re-echoed by another past principal of the school. Mr. F.E. Okeke. In Mr. F.E. Okeke’s welcome address during the celebration of 1997 inter-house sport competition, he said, “if you look around and feel for the insecurity of the students and property, you may join some of the old boys and challenge the fencing of the compound”. The above statement is similar sentiment shared by most lovers of the school. Therefore, it is necessary that those concerned should rally around and see to it that the school is fenced. P.T.A. Emene community, Enugu state government, old boys, voluntary organizations and the Catholic church should come to the aid of the school in this regard.
Another challenge is on the area of accommodation, though not peculiar to the school alone, is nevertheless acute. Classrooms, dormitories, staff quarters are all inadequate. There is no doubt these conditions are obstacles to effective learning environment. Inadequate staff quarters affect regularity of teacher and by extension impact negatively on discipline. Compounding above problems is the dearth or near absence of some vital infrastructural facilities. Such as few books in the library, ill-equipped laboratories and inadequate sporting equipments. Yet the assistance of Old Boys of the school remains illusory. Projects such as fencing of the school, provision of laboratory equipment, classroom blocks are usually executed by Old Boys of a school. We pray that the Old Boys of St. Patrick’s College, Emene get themselves organized and rally round to rescue their beloved alma mater. By doing so, the untapped potential of the school will be fully harnessed. However, it is quite unfortunate that after fifty (50) years of existence, the school has not yet reached its full potential.
S.P.C. Emene urgently need assistance in the following areas:
CLASSROOMS AND HOTELS/DORMITORIES: Our classrooms and hostel blocks are in a very pitiable state. Toilet and bathroom facilities for our student population have totally collapsed.
LIBRARY AND LABORATORY: The college cannot boast of a functional library and laboratory. The materials in our library and labs have become obsolete, outdated and weak.
ACCESS ROADS: Furthermore, the access roads to our dear college is very bad. We thank God that the celebration taking place today, as we gradually approach dry season. Otherwise some of us would have come into the school with canoes. Our access roads need urgent attention.
Allusion has already been made regarding the great potentials of the school. The greatness lies not only on the share size of the school but also the fact that majority of the school land are arable. It is a known fact that staff and students of S.P.C. Emene produce more rice paddies than any other farm surrounding the school. Accounting for about five tons of rice paddy annually. Obviously, a school that possesses such potential has the capacity of attracting small scale farming that will in turn encourage cottage industry in the school. The principal of the school noted this in his address when he said, “the extensive farm land here beckons on anybody for small scale production”.
Secondly, beautiful sporting facilities that are in the school are also a source of strength. The school’s two soccer pitch compares favorably with soccer pitches all over Nigeria. The beautiful and standard size of the pitches did not escape the eyes of the Enugu Rangers Football Club. The Rangers have made use of S.P.C. Emene soccer pitch for their training the past several years. S.P.C. Emene also attracted the attention of Enugu state government and stadium authorities during the aborted Junior World Cup competition of 1995. Therefore, it would be greatly advantageous to the school, fencing and converting these two soccer pitches into money yielding match venue for some of the popular league matches.
S.P.C. Emene is also blessed with beautiful lawn tennis courts all of which have fallen into disrepair. We appeal to our Old Boys and/or any interested individual(s) in assisting the school in reconstructing and putting the lawn tennis court into use for recreation activities.
S.P.C. Emene also possesses great potentials for development. Which is why all hands must be on deck to ensure that the vision Rev. Fr. Shine ignited some years back, rekindled by Fr. Prendergast, continues.
On the 17th of March 2013, S.P.C. Emene marked a major milestone in her life with the commissioning of a multimillion-naira science and computer laboratories. The reality of that day came through the instrumentality of a humble servant of God and a man of the people. He is no other person than Prof. Barth Nnaji, the former minister of power and distinguished Old Boy of this college. The Old Boys of this college – Nigerian chapter, ably led by Chief Clement Okwor, cooperated with Prof. Nnaji in no small measure. Now our school joins the league of elite schools in Enugu state with a modern science laboratory. Our computer department has also received a very huge support from the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) and MTN group. The NCC gift was attracted to the school through the magnanimity and sacrifice of the same Prof. Barth Nnaji.
The current principle of the college, Rev. Fr. Chijioke G. Ezeh, in his welcome address during the school annual inter-house sports competition, commissioning of the computer lab and feast day celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (Patron Saint of the School) on Sunday, March 17th, 2013, noted that the college was able to record the following achievements over one year he assumed office:
1). Increase in the moral and religious life of the students with our daily celebration of the Holy Mass and other Sacraments, spiritual conferences, retreats and society meetings.
2). Teaching and learning have also gotten a very big boost. We have teachers in almost all the subjects. The PTA is playing a major role in this regard.
3). The principal’s quarter/housing has been renovated but not yet completed.
4). Development of our rice farm with a very rich harvest and the purchase of a rice thresher.
5). We have built a website for the college (www.stpatricksenugu.com) and students are now accessing their academic and term results on-line.
6). We have started publishing a college magazine – THE PATRIACH. This magazine’s maiden edition was launched last term.
7). The college is now being guarded by a new security outfit known as OUR SAVIOUR SECURITY.
8). More rooms/living quarters for Youth Corpers were renovated.
9). Fidelity Bank offered us a very wonderful package through the provision of bathroom and toilet facilities. This project is currently under construction.
10). We have installed a television and DSTV set for our students’ weekend relaxation.
11). We have also provided 500 plastic seats in the hall for our religious and social activities.
12). The school basketball court has now been renovated.
COLLABORATIONS WITH SPACO-USA FUNDED PROJECTS
1. Donation of 100 3-seater classroom desks.
2. Provision of 5 more 3-seater classroom desks.
3. SPACO-USA sponsored invitation to attend SPACO-USA Biennial conventions (2015 and 2017).
4. Total renovation of SPSS, Emene dilapidated school cafeteria.
PAST & PRESENT PRINCIPALS OF S.P.C. EMENE
S/N NAME PERIOD
1. Rev. Fr. Sean Shine 1960
2. Mr. D.G. Braysha (later, Rev. Father) 1960 – 1962
3. Rev/ Fr. Joseph Prendergast C.S.S.P. 1962 – 1967
4. Mr. Luke I. Agusiegbe 1970
5. Mr. Emmanuel N. Oguma 1970 – 1971
6. Rev. Fr. Charles (Odobro) 1972
7. Mr. A.Z.K Orizu (Late) 1973 (1st Term)
8. Mr. Osondu Odionu 1973 (2nd Term)
9. Mr. O. Amu-Nnadi Sept 1973 – 1976
10. Mr. A.C. Ndubusis Apr – Aug 1976
11. Mr. A.C Ndubuishi Sept Dec 1976
12. Rev. A.M. Onuaguluchi (Acting) Jan – Feb 1977
13. Mr. Ralph N. Igwedibie 1977 – 1984
14. Rev. Br. F.P. Okeke 1984 – 1990
15. Mr. B. Ikegbunam 1990 – 1991
16. Mr. M.C. Chukwu 1991 – 1992
17. Mr. E.C. Ogbozor 1992 – 1996
18. Mr. F.E. Okoye 1996 – 2007
19. Mr. C.O. Ogbodo 2007 – 2009
20. Mr. P.I. Okolo 2009 – 2012
21. Rev. Fr. Chijioke Eze 2012 - Present
Comrade Egbo S.S. (VP 1) & Ref. Fr. Chijioke Eze (Principal)