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Our Vision


To be the leader in educational services provision at the secondary level in our nation


Our History

Immaculate Conception College (ICC), Benin, has witnessed three phases in the management history of the College. The first phase of management was when the Catholic Mission first established the Government seized and took over all private and missionary schools, and turned them into public schools. However, the third phase in the changing history of management is the recent return by the Government of Edo State of ICC to the Catholic Mission the original owner of the College.

FIRST PHASE: The Catholic Bishop of Benin City, His Lordship, Bishop Patrick J. Kelly established ICC in 1944 with Rev. Andrew O�Rouke SMA as the First Principal of the College. The College started with only 30 students (at the present site of St. Paul�s Minor Seminary) until 1954 when ICC was approved as a Secondary School. At the time, the students had to go to St. Patrick�s College, Asaba to complete their Secondary Education. In 1966, the first batch of Higher School Certificate (HSC) students was admitted. Due to high quality of staff and the dedication of each successive Rev. Principals the College became popular as a center for excellent morals, teaching and learning. It was a preparatory ground for University Education within and outside Nigeria

SECOND PHASE: The second phase in the management history of ICC was the take over of all Missionary Schools by Government in 1972. The First Principal was Mr. R.O. Asenimen followed by Dr. Josephe Itotoh in 1975. the College gradually expanded in student population and eventually became four Colleges in the same premises with over 8,000 students and four Principals. This period of take over of ICC by Government was characterized by the general decadence of morals and an upsurge in anti social behaviours. Learning and teaching deteriorated because of the rowdy class size, in most cases more than 100 students were in a class. Unfortunately, the building erected by the Catholic Mission was regrettably vandalized and all he hostels were converted to classrooms. Renovation and maintenance were noticeably missing during that era. It was against this background of deplorable state of affairs that the Edo State Government decided to return the College to the Catholic Mission, the Original Owner of ICC, Benin.

THIRD PHASE: The third phase in the management history of ICC Benin is the Return of the College by Edo State Government under Chief Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion, to the Catholic Mission on the 30th of April 2004. empty buildings were returned because the Government had removed all the teachers and students, the seats and desks as well as the laboratory equipment and materials to the host Schools. The buildings had been vandalized; there were no doors and windows, the walls had been pulled down in most cases, and all the roofs were leaking and hardly habitable. This was the horrible state of the College when it was returned by the Government to the Catholic Mission.

Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Isaac Prest Ebeigbe was appointed the first Principal of the College by June, 2004. The current Principal, Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Cyril I. Ofoegbu was appointed in January 2005 and the Vice Principal, Rev. Fr. John Ograh in October, 2011.

The role the then Archbishop, Most Rev. (Dr.) Patrick Ebosele Ekpu played by making funds immediately available for making seats, desks and rehabilitating the buildings as well as making beds in the Hostels, was very reassuring and commendable. The current Archbishop of Benin City and Proprietor of the College, Most Rev. Dr. AUGUSTINE OBIORA AKUBEZE is committed to making Immaculate Conception College (ICC) one of the best Colleges in Nigeria. His maiden visit to the College funding, and the valuable help to staff and students attest to this