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About OLA Girls College Akwanga

The Our Lady of Apostles Girls’ College is located in Akwanga between the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and Akpata, the headquarters of Akun Development Area, Nasarawa State. OLA Girls’ College has a serene and conducive environment for academic activities

Furthermore, it worthy of note that, OLA Girls’ College started as a Teachers’ Training College at Zawan, in the old Plateau State on the 1st January, 1953 with a small population of ten students and three teaching staff. The population of students rose to Thirty (30) in 1957.

As a young institute, OLA Girls’ College recorded a good number of achievements which carried her name to faraway places. The good name of the college attracted the then, Prime Minister of Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello to visit the institution. In-like-manner, Ibrahim Caudal of Senegal who undertook a tour of the whole world on foot also visited the college.

The government also had vested interest in the college and took over her affairs. From 1968-2004, OLA Girls’ College was under the control of the government with the name Teachers’ Training College.

On the 9th September, 2004, the college was given back to her rightful owners, the Catholic Mission of the Diocese of Lafia under the Episcopal leadership of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Ishaya Mathew Audu, with Chief Mrs. A.D Tor; an ex-student of the college as principal. The college took off on the 10th October, 2004 with a small students’ population of 164 in JSS One and SSS One. With the handing over of the college to the Mission, the college was renamed as, Our Lady of Apostles Girls’ College.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) took over the administrative role of the college in 2009. The number of students and staff has been growing steadily over the years. From 2004 to 2006, the population of students rose to 400 and 26 teaching and 10 non-teaching staff were enlisted.

Today, OLA Girls’ College has a highly controlled number of students; in any case, about 500 students. There are 42 teaching and 36 non teaching staff as well as an experienced professional counselor.

The entire OLA land is highly fortified with fence; and inside, the students’ hostels are fortified with a Ringed barbed wire (Razor wire) running round the fort (fence) to ensure the safety of students. Adding to that, the school has her security operatives as well as band of heavily armed police from the state police command. The hostels are built in such a way that they accommodate 1, 500 students, well ventilated.

The college gets water supply from “Water Board” on a daily basis, in addition to the two electrified boreholes the college constructed to supply water to her students. The foresighted administrators of the college constructed Six (6) water reservoirs at strategic points capable of serving the students’ water needs for three (3) weeks before repumping.

To be safe from any power outage, an 80 KVA MIKANO standby Power Generating Plant has been installed by the Parent Teacher Association (P.T.A). The “School Sick Bay”, courtesy of the P.T.A, has an experienced nurse with double qualification who is incharge. The “School Sick Bay”, courtesy of the P.T.A, has an experienced nurse with double qualification who is incharge.

OLA Girls’ College has well equipped Science Laboratories and a Library for research verifications and findings. The college has three (3) halls in the capacities of 1000, 1600 and 2000 seats, for chapel, dining and multi-purpose, respectively. The other interesting and inspiring aspect is the “Computer” ACCESS ROOM the college has, with 100 computers (All Functioning) where the students do practicals and get information from the internet.

Also, to the students’ advantage, the college has incorporated co-curricular activities. They include, A) Religious Societies: The Choir, YCS, FCS. B) Clubs and societies: Literary and Debating society, Drama, Press Club, HIV/AIDS Awareness Club, Road Safety Club, Red Cross, Women of Order and Discipline, JETS, Shalom Club’s’. C) Sports and Games: Football, Volleyball, Handball, Badminton, basket ball, Table Tennis.

In the aspect of Games and Sports, OLA trains under qualified professionals. The Basket Ball team of the school has on several occasions, represented the state in competitions at the federal level and came back victorious. The school’s inter-house sports competition as an annual event is often looked forward to and keenly competed in for prizes (Certificates, Trophies) which are awarded to the winners/winning houses.

The college also celebrates her Cultural Day annually. Here, the students of diverse cultural backgrounds display the beauties of the rich African cultural heritage with emphasis on unity in diversity. OLA shining stars, the school Choir has won many prizes at different competition in and out of Nasarawa state. In order to keep abreast of our students’ academic performance and intellectual growth, the college chooses one day every term as appraisal day. On this day, parents come to the school and evaluate their children’s response to teaching as well as the learning and give feedbac.

This enables the School Management to know whether the standard is being maintained and the goals achieved.