In a bid to upgrade the standard of education in Nigerian institutions of higher learning, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Administration Ebonyi State University (EBSU), Abakaliki Professor Mrs. Happiness Oselebe has charged the alumni of all institutions of learning in Nigeria to always support their alma mater in their fight to correct the decay in Nigerian educational sector.
Prof. Oselebe gave the charge shortly after Ebonyi State University Alumni 2019 delegates’ election in Abakaliki, assuring that alumni’s support financially, materially and otherwise will go a long way to improving the institutions to greater standards and making them proud of their alma mater irrespective of their heights in life.
The DVC disclosed that the University needs assistance from the alumni in the following areas, provision of utility vehicles for principal officers, construction of conducive lecture halls, auditorium and offices among other needs.
She said, “The election is well conducted. It is peaceful, I am happy our people can organize this kind of election themselves and do everything the right way. I know everybody is happy. I was a mother, I am happy about the success of the election despite initial misunderstandings.”
“Before now they came to the administration department, we advised them, they took our advice, went back, reconciled amongst themselves and straightened every gray area and conducted the election, I think this is what it ought to be at all times.”
“People could disagree to agree and dialogue is always the best approach, which they adopted. With this, I know that alumni of Ebonyi State University will grow stronger and better to themselves and the university.”
“The alumni are very important to us. You know we train them so that they can give back to us. They are an integral part of the university; they are supposed to help build this university, to donate in cash and in-kind. In fact, we as a university are looking up to them.”
“In other universities like UNN, I was told that an alumnus came back and donated a building worth a hundred and twenty million nairas. We need such projects from them. In that case, such a building will be named after the alumnus.”
“In fact, to correct all the deficiencies we have in the university, we are looking forward to a time our alumni will come back to say, ‘No, my alma mater cannot be suffering this way’ and then take care of those things for us.”
“The part of the alumni association in the development and upgrading of the standard of education can never be overemphasized. In clearer words, I call upon alumni of Ebonyi State University as well as that of all institutions of learning in Nigeria to support their alma mater to improve the standard of learning in the country.”
“We need help, please come back and help us. We still lack enough accommodation for lectures, the auditorium where we can have programs, offices, most of the principal officers of the university do not have official cars so utility vehicles are needed among other numerous needs. So, we are looking forward to when our alumni members will get wealthy enough and come back to give back to the university” the DVC noted.
During the peaceful, free and fair EBSU alumni 2019 delegate election which was conducted recently amidst tight security, the following winners emerged: Mr. Atukpa Emeka having scored the highest valid votes of 78 emerged the National Publicity Secretary, Okoro Nnachi got 93 votes and emerged the National Organizing Secretary, Mr. Nwuzor Christopher got 89 votes to emerge the national financial secretary, while Mr. Igwe Ikechukwu got 70 votes to emerge as the Ex-official 1.
More so, the following executive members were returned unopposed: Comrade Ereke Kenneth as National President, Dr. Leonard Nwakpa as Vice President 1, Mrs. Onu Winifred as Vice President 2, Chief Sunday Nwangele as the National Secretary, Egede Azubuike as National Assistant Secretary and Ugama Chimezie as National Treasurer.
Others include Nwokwu Vincent as National Internal Auditor, Barr. Iruka Nwakpa as National Legal Adviser, Nwagwu Lazarus as Ex Officio 2 while Oko Emmanuel is Ex Officio 3.
In his acceptance speech, the president, Comrade Ereke on behalf of others thanked the people for the confidence reposed in them and promised to run the inclusive government to the progress of the alumni and their alma mater.
Responding on behalf of an alumnus who lost in the election, Dr. Friday Nkwede in the spirit of sportsmanship congratulated the winners and pledged their unreserved supports to the progress of the association and their alma mater in general.
Furthermore, the election was conducted by 120 delegates from eleven branches including the contestants and members of the board of trustees, The accreditation of delegates lasted between 9:30 am to 11 am while the election lasted between 11:40 am to 1 pm.
The process was monitored by the DVC, Prof. Happiness Oselebe, the Registrar Mrs. Bibian Nwokwu, SA to Governor on Security in Capital City, Mr. Anakor Nchekwube, members of Nigerian Union Of Journalists Ebonyi state chapter, the DSS, the Police, the Nigerian Security, and Civil Defense Corps, among others.
The new executive members are expected to pilot affairs of the alumni for a period of four years tenure.
Buhari Approves N10bn for Rehabilitation of Akanu Ibiam Airport
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of the sum of N10billion Special Intervention Fund for immediate repairs and upgrades of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu State.
Buhari made the disclosure during the meeting with a delegation of governors and leaders of the Southeast on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja and was contained in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Femi Adesina.
The President said he was aware of the central nature of the airport, which was closed for repairs since August 24, to the socio-economic development of the Southeast.
Buhari also said he was aware of the infrastructure deficits all over the country occasioned by lack of judicious use of available resources in the past.
He, however, declared that his administration was working on remedying the situation.
According to Buhari: “We’re trying our best to make sure that infrastructure rehabilitation is carried out very quickly.
“I personally firmly believe that if we get infrastructure correct, the roads, rail, power, most Nigerians will mind their businesses, they would not even care who is in government. But when you deny them infrastructure, it will be difficult for them to compete and move across the country and regions.
He appealed to the governors to explain this position to their people.
“Please, have the courage to continue to explain to your constituencies whenever they feel that there is laxity in a government effort to rehabilitate infrastructure.
“We are doing our best within the resources available to the government. The Federal Government is working to fix the infrastructure deficit in the country. The challenges are there. It is our responsibility to fix things, we are doing it and we will continue to do our best in this regard,” the President said.
In a presentation on behalf of the Governors and leaders of South East, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, while expressing gratitude over some of Mr. President’s infrastructural development in the region, noted that the people of the southeast were delighted with the speed and quality of work at the second Niger Bridge.
The governor also commended the President for other ongoing Federal projects in the region including Enyimba Industrial City, Aba.
On the condition of inter-state Federal roads in the region, the governor described them as deplorable, urging the President to ”kindly declare a State-of-Emergency” on them and issue appropriate directives.
The leaders, who decried the challenging security situation in the region, had also appealed to President Buhari to approve special funding for the rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu.
The southeast leaders comprising of Southeast Governors’ Forum, South East national Assembly caucus, past leaders, religious body and traditional rulers met with the Nigerian president, General Muhammad Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa over the welfare of Ndigbo.
Recall that the leaders from the southeast region of the country had met earlier this week to rob the mind and discuss the general welfare of the region.
The Chairman of the Southeast Governors’ Forum and the Governor of Ebonyi State, who led the leaders to the Presidential Villa, said that their meeting with the Nigerian president was a huge success.
He stated that in their meeting with President Buhari, the southeast leaders demanded amongst other things that the federal government should approve a special fund for the rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam Airport in Enugu State, the total declaration of a state of emergency on bad roads and erosion currently bedeviling the zone.
According to him, “We are here to kindly urge Mr. President to approve special fund for the Akanu Ibiam Airport just like what was done for Abuja Airport.”
He stated that the closure of Enugu Airport has grounded activities in the region and causing untold hardship on the people. They also called on the president to look into the roads of the region.
In his response, the Nigerian President, Gen. Muhammad Buhari appreciated the Igbo leaders for their unflinching support to his administration, especially as it concerns the war against corruption.
Mr. Buhari also responded to their requests with the immediate approval of 10 billion naira for the rehabilitation of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and assured them that the Minister of Aviation will urgently commence work.
The meeting was attended by Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Emeka Ihedioha of Imo, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senate Minority Leader representing southeast Caucus in National Assembly, Senator Sam Egwu.
Others were former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, Martin Elechi, Okwesilieze Nwodo, Sullivan Chime, Achike Udenwa and Ikedi Ohakim.
Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu, Eric Acho Nwankwo, Chief Onyeama Ugochukwu, Ochiagha Regan Ufomba, Prof. Chigozie Ogbu and President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo were also among.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and Minister of Information, Minister of Labour and productive, Dr. Chris Ngige, Lai Mohammed were also in attendance.
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