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UNN alumni concludes NEC in Anambra, seeks synergy with public to reposition education sector

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Stakeholders across Nigeria have stressed the need for a synergy between the government and the public especially the old students in repositioning educational sector through alumni associations.

Speaking at the just concluded University of Nigeria Alumni Association (UNAA) National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at Awka, Anambra State, participants argued that old students by sustaining effective communication with their former institutions would impact positively on their infrastructural and managerial developments, including the students and personal.

Delivering a lecture entitled, Alumni Associations as global phenomenon in university education: the Nigeria universities in focus, the Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof. Charles Esimone, pointed out that the government alone should not be relied upon in tackling the challenges posed to education sector.

"From the foregoing accounting, it should be obvious that government alone cannot be relied upon, particularly in the place of competing needs, to restore public Universities to the glorious days of the first generation universities; it has to be the joint effort of Government, parents, individuals, corporate organisations and importantly alumni associations of the various Universities," Esimone stated.

According to him, this was achievable through funds raising, projects execution, lobbying individuals and corporate organisations to site different projects in the institution, including sponsorship of scholarly works, scholarships and others.

On his part, the immediate past National President of UNAA, Sir Ben Okoronkwo, disclosed that the support of Alumni associations to their alma mater was not in doubt as they usually provide opportunities for uplifting institutions and individuals.

Okoronkwo further averred that UNAA under his watch had robust relationship with the alma mater which culminated in acquiring and development of Alumni Multipurpose Complex at UNN, sensitisations, rebranding, branch reactivation, amongst others.

Earlier, the President, UNAA Awka Branch and host of the 108th NEC/27th biennial national convention, Dr Chinedu Mbalisi, welcomed members to the event, assuring that it would be eventful with overwhelming impact.

 The event also witnessed election of national officers of UNAA with Lady Dr Doris Okoroh Aloha of Owerri Branch emerging as National President; Dr Sanusi Kani, from Kano Branch, Deputy National President; Mr Larry Chuku, from Umuahia branch, Zonal Vice President  South East; and Tochukwu Onyebuchi, from Port Harcourt branch, Zonal Vice President, South South.

Others were Zonal Vice President South West, Alh. Mogaji Salaudeen (Ibadan Branch); Zonal Vice President North Central, Comrade Chimero Uche Obasi (Abuja Branch); Zonal Vice President North West, Chief Ben Ikeokwu (Kaduna Branch); National Secretary, Hon. Chris Nwokocha of Aba Branch; and Assistant National Secretary, Barr. Juliet Ukoha of Abuja Branch.

Also elected were the National Pubicity Secretary, Dr. Onyinye Onuoha (Umuahia Branch); National Treasurer, Chief Austin Anamali (Asaba Branch); National Financial Secretary, Rogers Ogan (Port Harcourt Branch); National Auditor, Dr. Nathaniel Afaor (Makurdi Branch); Legal Adviser, Barr. Chris Ajugwe (Onitsha 1 Branch); National Ex-Officio 1, Sir Ben Okoronkwo (Port Harcourt Branch); National Ex-Officio 2, Dr. Anuli Aguiyi (Onitsha 2 Branch); National Ex-Officio 3, Dr Ngozi Ulogu (Awka Branch); National Ex-Officio 4, Alhaji Abiodu Akintola (Ibadan Branch); and National Ex-Officio 5 (ARO).

In an acceptance speech, the new National President, UNAA, Lady Dr Doris Okoroh Aloha, sought collaboration of all members of the association, even as she assured that she would run an inclusive administration with a view to take UNN to an enviable height in a shortest time. 

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