By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
The Great Ife Alumni Association, an umbrella body for those who graduated from the then University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has elected a new set of national officers who would run the affairs of the association for the next two years.
The election, which was keenly contested, was conducted last weekend during the 21st Biennial Convention of the association at the Oduduwa hall of the University where thousands of alumni gathered to have a sort of reunion and a resounding celebrations of their certificates, diploma and degrees.
The exercise eventually produced Mr. Segun Oke as president, while Bola Oloko, Niyi Oduneye and Hakeem Olomowewe emerged as the vice- president, southwest, north and southeast/ southsouth respectively.
Lara Olanrewaju, who clinched the post of the national secretary, would be expected to use her vast experience as a university administrator and a former alumni relations officer to run the affairs of the secretariat while Messrs Lekan Odunjo and Bayo Adesida were elected as the 1st and 2nd national assistant secretary.
Others elected are: Fred Aburu, Legal Adviser; Angela Ukatu, deputy legal adviser; Ronke Okoya, financial secretary; Bisi Adetifa, treasurer; Ayo Adelugba, publicity secretary; Diran Ayanyemi, social/welfare secretary; and Kayode Adeigbe, editor-in-chief. Ex- officio members include: Dele Omifare, Kate Mordi and Emmanuel Nwachukwu.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Bamitale Omole, has applauded the invaluable contributions of the members of the alumni association to the overall development of their alma mater.
Professor Omole stated this during the inauguration of the newly elected national officers of the association.
Speaking through the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Ayobami Salami, the Vice-Chancellor called on all other stakeholders to do everything within their financial and material powers to assist the Federal Government to further develop tertiary eduction in Nigeria, so that the African continent and humanity in general would benefit immensely from them.
In his maiden address, the president of the association, Mr. Segun Oke, expressed his profound appreciation to those who found time to come to the 21st Biennial Convention, promising to run an all-inclusive and transparent administration.
He extended an olive branch to other contestants and urged every alumnus to come on board in order to collectively take Obafemi Awolowo University to a much greater height.
He called on federal, state and private universities to device more realistic curricular so that the certificates, diplomas and degrees obtained by the youths would not only be self-sustaining, but fit properly into the socio-economic and entrepreneurial realities of Nigeria which will also be in tune with the 21st century labour market.