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Acting Vice Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA) Prof. Olugbenga Ige has urged alumni members not to relent in their support for the institution.

Speaking at the AAUA alumni delegate assembly held at the Nelson Mandela conference hall of the university, Prof. Ige also urged the old students to maintain unity and support one another in their endeavors.

The acting VC enjoined the newly elected executives at the event to prioritise the continuous mobilisation of all graduates of the institution and sustain their role as first class ambassadors of the university by putting AAUA on the global map of excellence.

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He tasked alumni members to sustain the legacy of building a functional association through meaningful participation and peaceful conduct in the successive edition of the biennial Assembly.

He said: “I’m happy that some other members in diaspora have the opportunity to follow events of this group online. This, will no doubt, widen the scope of participation and enhance the bond of friendship among members, irrespective of distance and location.

“I warmly appreciate all alumni members who have continually supported the growth of the association.

“The university management also appreciate the association for initiating AAUA Alumni Education Trust Fund for indigent students.
These lofty initiatives are not only complementary to the university’s efforts at securing the future of its students, it would go a long way in cultivating alumni experience in the students”, he said.

Prof Ige said current realities have shown that government alone cannot fund university education.

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He noted that the university requires the support of key stakeholders, like alumni association to enable it discharge its core mandates of teaching, research and community service effectively.

He assured that the school will continue to place its alumni on top priority in every of its engagement, noting that about three months ago, the management had to stop the payment of the $50 being statutorily charged alumni members for verification of academic transcripts and other allied documents from international credential assessment bodies, like the World Education Service (WES).

The university boss also sought more partnering opportunities with the association to foster development and continually put the institution on the global map.

He advised members of the executive committee to keep the flag flying by building on legacies recorded so far, and by expanding the scope of the alumni’s successes.

Speaking on the state of affairs of the association, the president, Oyekunle Adetoba assured the university management that the association would continue to be a partner-in-progress for the advancement of the Institution.

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