The Alumni Association of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA will continue to evolve new ways and strategies to give back to the institution and contribute to its development. Comrade Olaitan Adesomoju, the re-elected President made the pledge at the inauguration of the executive council of the body on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.
He said the role of Alumni Associations should be to support the institutions where members were molded and FUTA Alumni will continue to make this its credo of service. He said the Association within the last two years has galvanized all resources home and abroad for the development of FUTA. He said outstanding amongst the numerous progress made is the establishment of FUTA Alumni Trust Board with the mandate to generate N1billion for developmental interventions in FUTA.
Adesomoju said under his watch, the Alumni Association has gone into collaborations with the University Management to establish a commercial farm, and also organize an annual entrepreneurship and empowerment programme for the students.
He said the Association will not relent on its mission to expand its frontiers and bring more members on board. He urged members to contribute to the consolidation of the growth of the University through grants to the University, scholarship awards to students, execution of projects to boost municipal services and serving as mentors to students and new members.
He thanked the University Management for its unflinching support whenever called upon. He said members support for the Association financially at chapter, branch and national level is the only way to consolidate the progress recorded so far.
Speaking at the ceremony the special guest of honour, the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu who was represented by his Special Adviser on Energy, Olatunji Ariyomo, congratulated the new executive members of the Association, and encouraged them to keep the FUTA flag flying. He assured the Association that the FUTA South gate road will be reconstructed very soon, to ensure free flow of traffic.
Akeredolu promised to continue to use his good offices to further the cause of FUTA. He charged the Alumni leaders to always reach out to their members within and outside the country in order to have a bigger pool of resources to execute projects for the good of FUTA.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape congratulated the re-elected executive council members and urged them to continue the good work they are doing. The Vice Chancellor said Adesomoju and his team did excellently well in the first term and urged them to surpass their first term achievements.
He advised the alumni leaders to always reach out to members, carry them along and keep them informed on all developments of the Association. Professor Fuwape said FUTA Alumni has keyed into the major role of Alumni which is to support the growth and development of institutions which produced them.