VC to NOUNAA: You are our ambassadors

By Sunday Adama

The Vice-Chancellor National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Prof. Olufemi Peters has implored its alumni to continue to have a sense of altruism, commitment and loyalty to the development of their alma mater .

Prof. Peters stated this on Saturday 4th December, 2021 during the 2021 NOUN Alumni Association's (NOUNAA) election as well as convention held at the University's headquarters, Jabi, Abuja.

"The University will continue to be a strong platform in fulfilling your destinies .

"NOUN strongly hopes to leverage on its alumni to attain its objectives sooner than expected; for through this we can leave enduring legacies for future generations," the VC said.

Represented by the deputy director, Directorate of Advancement and Linkages, NOUN, Gbenga Olufemi, the VC said, "The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is unique. It is expected that its Alumni would be unique also."

"This uniqueness, dear distinguished Alumni, carries a heavy responsibility in all ramifications. You must bear this in mind and let it guide you in whatever you do and in all your actions.

"The summary of it all is that you are the Ambassador of the University, always remember this, and let it guide you wherever you may be.

Speaking on the benefits of alumni, the VC said, "Alumni offers a unique opportunity to stay connected with the University and fellow alumni across various locations"

Peters further pointed out that alumni offers limitless opportunities for needed connections for career and business development.

"Today, you are going to elect a new set of leaders to pilot the affairs of your Association. This Association is your own; own it in word and indeed by choosing the right individuals with  good vision, great heart and ready hands, into leadership. A time like this demands such people in leadership of your Association," the VC added.

"As you conduct your elections, let there be atmosphere of peace and orderliness. The light which education gives is like a lantern on the table which shines. Let this be demonstrated in this election process and outcome," VC emphasized.


                          NOUNAA Members casting their votes to elect new Leaders

Meanwhile, while announcing the election results,  the Chairman of the NOUNAA  Electoral Committee (NOUNAAEC) who doubles as Chief Returning Officer of the election, Mr. Ibrahim Audu  thanked the delegates for the peaceful conduct of the elections.

According to Audu, Muntaka Abdul-hadi Dabo was re-elected as the National President of NOUNAA having pulled a total of 83 votes out of 164 accredited voters to defeat his opponent, Isaac Akpololohor who pulled a total number of 73 votes.

Audu further announced that Yusuf Musa emerged as the Deputy National President while Anthonia Okwonu Ahmodu won as National Secretary General of the Association.

Other winners are:  Esther Onipede ( National Treasurer) and Lawrence Adebayo (National Public Relations Officer).

He further stated that the post of: National Organising Secretary, Financial Secretary, Provost and Zonal Vice-Presidents of the Association were returned unopposed.

While presenting his acceptance speech shortly after the elections, the newly elected NOUNAA President, Muntaka Abdul-hadi Dabo thanked the delegates for re-electing him as their National President.

Dabo promised to take the Association to an enviable height considering the overwhelming supports from the delegates. He appealed to all the losers to work with him for the sake of the Association.

"NOUNAA under my watch will continue to live up to the expectations. Each and everyone of us have a role to play towards achieving our targeted goals," he said.

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