Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare Akoko
The importance of Alumni relations in higher institutions can never be overemphasized as they play a vital role in the advancement activities of such institutions. Alumni Association is useful in the fundraising for such schools and also in position to engage the expertise of the institutions in their professional lives.
Similarly it is also instrumental to the advancement of the lives of ex-students of such schools as well as the community where the school is sited. The association however thanked the Ondo State Government led by Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akaradolu, SAN, for it’s continue support for the institution called for more development to enhance human development.
It was in the light of the above that the former students of the Ondo State Government owned Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, under the aegis of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Alumni Association converged in Ilesa in Osun State to chart a way forward for the progress of the body.
No fewer than 34 members of the executive members from local chapters of the Association drawn from Abuja, Akure, Ikare, Lagos and Owo were in attendance to deliberate on how best to move the association forward. The high powered meeting was held under the auspices of the National Executive led by Comrade Omolayo Temitope and after the extensive deliberations far reaching decisions were taken.
According to a release from the office of the National Public Relations Officer of the organization, Oluyade Ademola, members resolved to continue to work for the progress of Ondo State, the proprietor of the school with a view of making education and the institution a twenty-first century compliant.
Oluyade said the Alumni Association also resolved to make the progress of members and former students of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic a priority. He commended the Owo community for their support for the growth of the school. At the end of the meeting a 13 point Communiqué was issued to facilitate the efforts and activities of the association.
The Communiqué among other things stressed the need to register the association with the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja with an approved Board of Trustees by members. It calls for three months’ notice to a national election to prevent struggle for and smooth transition of power. Election must hold one month before the expiration of the tenure of the National Executive to give room for proper handing over.
It was also resolved that there should be a proper accounting procedure to provide for accountability which will include annual report, annual budgeting and audit report. The delegate option was adopted to be used in election with the approval of 10 delegates each from local chapters taking part in elections.
The association also in the communiqué also calls on the present national exco to draw one representative from each local chapter for proper feedback while the present national exco should remain in office from October 14, 2017 to October 13, 2018.
Also a constitution review committee is to be set up to review the existing constitution immediately while the development of local chapters should be encouraged for a better spread. The association also called for the nomination of three members to be nominated to join the executive to fast rack the registration of the body with the Corporate Affairs Commission while every chapter is to nominate a member each to form the constitution review committee in a bid to make sure that what were arrived at in communiqué are reflected in the constitution.
Similarly the association in the communiqué appreciated all members who have contributed to its growth and development while it unanimously passed a vote of confidence on the current National Exco as led by Comrade Omolayo Temitope.