By Bukola Olamona
AAUA VC, Prof Igbekele Ajibefun, congratulating Aare Afe Babalola, one of the awardees at the AAUA Alumni Convention
The Vice Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun has commended the University’s Alumni Association for its commitment to the ideals of the institution.
Ajibefun gave the commendation during the maiden AAUA Alumni National Convention held in the Multipurpose Hall of the Institution.
The VC said, “The University appreciates the commitment of AAUA Alumni Association for their steadfastness, patriotism and commitment to the ideals of the University. The wave of functional Alumni Association blowing across the country, and especially Adekunle Ajasin University, is a realization by the Alumni that they are the rightful owners of the University.
This is a commendable homecoming. It is a response to the realization that proprietors, government and individuals alone cannot effectively and efficiently handle university funding and governance.”
Ajibefun enjoined all the members of the Association to always rally round the University to make sure that AAUA continues to be a reference point in the comity of universities in the country.
He thanked the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) and Director of AAUA Advancement Office, Prof. Francis Oyebade, for nurturing the alumni to its present status.
In his opening remark, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of AAUA Governing Council, Ambassador Oladele Akadiri, who was also the Chairman of the occasion, commended the members of the Alumni Association for always making the University proud.
He said, “Members of Council and my humble self have appreciated the sustained interest of the Association in the progress of their alma mater. We are always proud of the intellectual caliber and the human quality which our alumni have exhibited wherever they have been called to service by their fatherland.”
In his Welcome address, the National President of the Alumni Association, Mr. Patrick Oluyide, said one of the core responsibilities of the alumni is to give back to its alma mater.
Oluyide, who noted that the alumni’s support for the University must begin with being great ambassadors of AAUA, adding that “Above all, our successful education qualifies us to collaborate with the University community in every way possible in order to advance the development of this citadel of higher learning.”
He called on fellow alumni, individuals and corporate bodies to contribute to the projects of the alumni, including the Alumni Multipurpose Building which sod was turned by the Pro-Chancellor, Ambassador Oladele Akadiri, OON.
While the President thanked the University for the support the association has been enjoying since the inauguration of its national body in December 2014, he appreciated members of the association for their cooperation.
Highlights of the three-day convention (October 29 to 31) included student/alumni parley, award conferment, sight-seeing and reunion feast.