For the ex-students of the University of Uyo (UNIUYO), Akwa Ibom State, it was time at the weekend to regroup with a view to ploughing back to their almamater.
It was at their Re-Union Night, which was part of activities marking the just-concluded 21st Convocation ceremonies of the Federal University held at the main Campus, Nwaniba, Uyo.
The President, Mr. Gabriel Umoh, a Professor of Agricultural Economics and the pioneer President, Ide Owodiong- Idemeko, rallied other great alumni of the school to support their alma-mater.
The duo, who jointly performed the ground breaking ceremony of the Alumni Guests House Complex, said the facility became necessary as a way of redefining their status as graduates of the institution.
Supervised by the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Comfort Ekpo; the Pro-Chancellor, Prof. Kimse Okoko and other management staff of the institution, Umoh and Owodiong-Idemeko, pledged to see-through the completion of the facility.
At the get-together night, Umoh, the first alumnus Professor to occupy the position, who was elected on September 10, 2014, expressed optimism with assurance that he would raise the bar in leadership during his tenure.
“I gladly accepted the responsibility of leading the association with the hope of using Islamic Scholar Advises Political Office Holders this platform to further contribute to the development of our alma- mater.
Courtesy of his efforts and other members, several notable ex-students were drawn to the forum and pledges to development their institution were tendered by men and women who have come age, several years after graduation.
They include Hon Onofiok Luke, a member of the House of Assembly representing the Nsit Ubium State Constituency; the pioneer President, Mr. Owodiong-Idemeko of Mobil; Hon. Usenebong Akpabio, a former member of the House of Assembly and Akparawa Nse Ubeh, former International President of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio.
Others were Prof. Anthony Egrinya Eneji of the University of Calabar; Mr. Idorenyin Enang, an advertising icon; Dr. Chris Ekong, a seasoned Economist at UNIUYO; Prof. Ndem Ayara Ndiyo, a projects development manager; Mr. Clement Akpanobong, another notable Economist and Hon. Glory Edet, Commissioner for Women Affairs.
– Iniobong Ekponta, Uyo