The alumni association of university Lagos last week Wednesday organized an induction night dinner for new members.
Stories: Titus Eleweke
University of Lagos Alumni Association last week Wednesday organised a dinner night to induct new graduands of the institution’s after they were admitted into various degrees and certificates during the 2013/2014 convocation.
The induction dinner night which took place in one of the halls at the university of Lagos guest house was a beehive of activities as its attracted distinguished men and women from all walk of life .In fact, it was dinner of glamours as new and old graduates dressed clean and smart.
The annual induction dinner was designed to bring together the new and old graduates of the university under roof to enable them interact and exchange information about themselves.
Dignitaries that graced the occasion were, the former minister of works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, who was the first national vice president of the alumni ,Alhaji Kayode Anjorin, the first national president of the alumni ,Chief Femi Daramola ,1965 graduate of the university, the incumbent president of the association Olorogun Sonny Kuku ,the Registrar of the university, Dr. Taiwo Ipaye and the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rahamon Bello, Delta State Commissioner for higher education, Prof. Hope Egaga, Prof. Olowo Kendejo , a Council member, the former Commissioner for finance, Ogun State, Dr. Fassy Yusuf and others .
Welcoming the old and new members at the dinner night, the National president of University of Lagos Alumni Association Dr. Sonny Kuku admonished the new graduates of the institution to always maintain the good virtues which the university had inculcated in them.
He called on members to finalize their registrations and contribute to the development of the alumni association for the good of the university, saying that the alumni has a lot to offer to leap jump the university of Lagos to a greater height.
According to him, since the university had impacted positively and greatly to shape the lives of members ,it is also advisable members pay back to the university by contributing to development of the institution.
Speaking during the dinner night, Prof. Bello commended the organizer of the event, but regretted that the dinner was held in a small environment where members were restricted and could not move freely to interact with one -another.
According to him, the dinner was held in unusual place against being held in an open place where members interact with each others to exchange information and ideas.
“The organizers must know that next time it must not be in place like this .Though it has been beautiful event right from yesterday where young graduates interact with the old ones” he said.
The Vice Chancellor also admonished the new graduates to enjoy themselves because the event was meant for them to interact with their old ones who graduated many years ago.
Speaking during the event, UNILAG Director of Advancement, Mrs. Ibironke Salaam urged members of the alumni to contribute positively to the development of the university, saying that only alumni are the only permanent members of the institution, while every other person is a temporary member.
“Lecturers, administrators and even Vice Chancellor come and go where as an aluminous and alumnae remains a member for life” she said.
According to her, the main purpose of the reception was to bring together both the old and new alumni together and expressed hope that the interaction would lead to the integration of new alumni into greater alumni family.
Salaam also disclosed that the alumni was indentifying with the university development efforts through endowments of strategic projects, such as professorial chairs ,equipments ,scholarship and donations.
She also said that the office of advancement was making an appreciable progress towards building alumni database, where alumni members can reach one another on phones, online and SMS and email messages.
According to her, the alumni association with the support of the advancement office has put in place appropriate mechanism to facilities branches establishment across the country.
“We have asked our aluminous and alumnae to join the alumni association where ever they are, as they stand to drive benefits, like networking ,careers networking and knowledge sharing among members” she added.
The director further called on old and new members of the alumni to take advantages of the ongoing alumni registration exercise to update their personal date online by using the Unilag alumni website or visiting the alumni office in the university.
She further disclosed that the alumni was working on providing career advice and information on employment opportunities so as to add values to the lives of members and make them favoured products.
However, some of the alumni who were at the diner expressed disappointment over the manner in which this year’s alumni diner was packaged, they said that the diner was package to give attention only to the powerful in the system and the younger members were not considered. Mr. Solomon Ajuziogu, a graduates of Mass Communication of the University said that the place where the diner was held did not give the members opportunities to interact with one another due to size of the hall.
According to him, normally the diner were held in open spacious arena where old and new members have time to interact and exchange information ,regretting that this year’s alumni diner was something else and totally different from what it used to be. “This year’s diner night excluded the younger ones from meeting the older ones. There was no interaction because the venue of the event was not spacious and people left the venue before time because they could relate with one another “he said.
He called on the organizer to return to the former open place where the diner normally takes place to enable more people to attend and interact with others for the good of the association and the university.