DON URGE ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS TO SUPPORT TEACHING, RESEARCH IN VARSITIES
The National Chairman of Conference of Alumni Associations of Nigerian Universities (CAANU), Prof. Ahmed Tijjani Mora has urged Alumni Associations of Nigerian Universities to mobilize membership and resources with which to make necessary interventions in raising the standards of learning, teaching, research and development and community services in our Universities.
Prof. Ahmed Mora stated this on the occasion of the 2020 First Quarter Delegates Conference of CAANU held the University of Calabar Senate Chamber with the topic: ‘’Alumni in University Development’’.
The CAANU President reminded Alumni Associations of the need to raise the prestige and good name of their Universities at all times, as well as intervene in periods of challenges in their Alma Mata.
He said the platform of CAANU affords member University Alumni Associations to compare notes for peer reviews amongst themselves all in an attempt to advance University Education in Nigeria.
Describing the event as historic and epochal, the Alumni Chairman said University of Calabar is the first University owned by the Federal Government to host a CAANU event within the South-South geopolitical zone.
This came as he congratulated the National President of the University of Calabar Alumni Association, Prof. Yakubu Aboki Ochefu for accepting to host the event.
He also thanked the Vice Chancellor of Unical, Prof. Zana Akpagu for providing an enabling environment for the event to hold, saying his disposition towards the promotion of alumni matters has been phenomenal.
Also speaking, the Vice Chancellor described the topic of the conference as apt and timely, saying it is incumbent on the various Alumni Associations to join forces for increased output.
The University helmsman said his passion as an alumnus of Unical is the driving force behind his love and support for Alumni Associations.
Represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Prof. Ayara Ndiyo, he said Alumni comprises of men and women of high repute, stressing that students, after graduation would be part of the great Alumni family.
In his remarks, the National President of University of Calabar Alumni Association, Prof. Yakubu Aboki Ochefu expressed delight for the opportunity to host the event.
The National President who spoke through the National Vice President of Unical Alumni on Diaspora matters, Dr. Ndubisi Osuagu said CAANU should become a strong voice in national development.
He said the meeting will afford them the opportunity to brainstorm and come up with possible ways of impacting on the growth and development of Universities.
Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee for the conference, Prof. Ernest.B. Asikong said the University which was established in 1975 has since then produced great Alumni spread across Nigeria and in the diaspora with significant contributions in various facets of National and global developments.
He disclosed that Unical through the efforts of the incumbent Vice Chancellor has a fledged Directorate of Alumni Affairs and a vibrant Alumni Association with several branches across the nation and in the diaspora.
Prof. Asikong also appreciated CAANU for deeming it fit to grant Unical the hosting right of the conference, stating that it was a worthwhile experience.
Senator Sandy Onor delivered the keynote address on the topic: ‘’ Alumni in University Development’’. He was represented by Prof. John Ushie from the University of Uyo.
The Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade also graced the occasion. He was represented by his Special Adviser on Solid Minerals, Rt. Hon. George Obeneche.
Highlights of the event was the presentation of memento to the keynote speaker by National President of CAANU.
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