Determined to put an end to the rot and restore the school as a citadel of excellence, the Old Boys’ Association (GCUOBA) worldwide approached the government to hand back the school to it to restructure, fund and manage in a sustainable way. Once the State government agreed to the proposal they gave stringent conditions to GCUOBA, one of which is to set up a purpose vehicle which will drive the process. This the The Fisher Educational Development Trust (Fisher Trust) was born
On December 22, 2014 a Deed of Trust was signed with the Abia State government, thereby vesting the Trust with all legal interests, rights and power pertaining to ownership, management, operation, control and funding of Government College Umuahia. The Trust is duly registered, in line with the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Reverend Robert Fisher, founding Principal of the Government College, had, at the end of the civil war in Nigeria, sold his earthly possessions, including his home in England, moved into a nursing home with his wife, and willed the money to the Government College Umuahia. This is the symbolic seed to the Trust, and through the Robert Fisher Trust Foundation, the old boys have demonstrated a commitment to the restoration of the school.
In the last eight decades every Umuahian has benefited from the generosity of the Rev Robert Fisher (the College Founder) and the generations of Umuahians, parents, friends and masters who have followed his example and made their own gifts to support the school.
In due course every member of the extended Umuahian community will be invited to participate. If you would like to make a gift or legacy, or require more information, please contact the Trust Office:
FISHER EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRUST
8th Floor, Plot 1684 , Sanusi Fafunwa Street,
Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria
Attn: Chuma Onwudiwe