The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has inaugurated her Alumni caretaker committee to put in place modalities for formal election of the alumni association of NOUN.
In his inaugural speech at the occasion, the Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Vincent Ado Tenebe said one of the objectives of forming the association is to foster the growth of the institution. According to him the association will help to create a good interface among students, students and management and student and the public. He said the idea to form the association was muted at the 2012 convocation of the university. “The caretaker set up is a step towards formation of formal alumni association”, he said.
He was full of praises for the students for conduct a free and fair election that ushered in the caretaker committee. He urged the new executive members to live up to expectation within the short time they are to prepare ground for formal election the alumni executives. He reminded them that a good number Nigerians in high places have passed through the university and are members of the association. He informed the audience that former President Olusegun Obasanjo indicated interest to vie for a position in the executive but was persuaded not to. This was to tell the new executives the need for them not to fail in their mandate.
Speaking at the occasion, the chairman of the caretaker committee, Mr. Isaac Akpololohor, expressed gratitude for being elected to chair the committee. He promised that his team will live up to expectation. He revealed that his team will embark on intensive publicity to inform alumni of the university about the benefits of the association.
At the occasion was one of the ambassadors of the institution, Barr. Kenneth Okonkwo of Nollywood fame. He incidentally is an alumnus on the university.