By: Nwanma Ogidi
Publisher: Daniels G.O
UniAbuja Alumni USA Seeks International Synergy, Mobilises Support For Alma Mater
By: Nwanma Ogidi
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The Vice Chancellor of University Of Abuja, Prof Abdul Rasheed N’Allah, was on a working visit to USA welcomed by the executives of the University of Abuja Alumni Association USA Inc. with the aim to build up a strong relationship.
The visit was organized by the UniAbuja Alumni Association USA Inc. which came at a time the university needs upgrade and to discuss in areas of support.
The VC’s working visit to USA with the Alumni, is to mobilise support for its Alma Mater and to partner with King Baudouin Foundation, a U.S.-based independent organisation,
The Pragmatic Vice Chancellor in his remarks thanked the association and its partner for their willingness to support the university.
He said, “we are working to upgrade the ranking of the University of Abuja to a world class university, this cannot be done without strengthen the academic, the infrastructure and strengthen the lives of the students.
“As a public university, the Federal Government cannot fund it alone. We need to mobilise funds and there are no better people to come to our aid than the alumni,” he said.
Prof N’Allah told the alumni and its partner to consider supporting students’ activities centre, provide books to the library and give scholarships to some students.
According to him, the university is upgrading itself in so many areas as it has developed virtual class system in response to COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our Centre for Distance Learning is among the best in Nigeria. Also, we have launched drug free clubs and the counselling services which work around the clock to help and rehabilitate the affected students.”
The high point of the event, was the successfully singing of the Memorandum of Understanding between King Bourdine Foundation USA an American friend of University of Abuja and the collaboration of the Alumni, who would ensure that international donors & investors to the University would be satisfied to see where & how their investments are being utilized”
Earlier in her remark, the President and Founder of the association, Chief Ekeleoma Nwakaego Chuku, said the motive of establishing the organisation in the USA is to source for support and to give back to Alma Mater (The University of Abuja Alumni Association, USA Inc).
Chief Ekeleoma said the alumni had discussed ways of providing infrastructure and to support the good and conducive learning environment of the university.
“In her bid to rally international support to attract investment to the University and the passion of the members of the Alumni to give back to their Alma Mater, this will bring about the symbiotic relationship to join efforts together in order to achieve the purpose”.
“We are happy to partner with the King Baudouin Foundation to proffer solutions to all these needs and to bridge the gap, so we want the foundation to support our Alma Mater and the good policies of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Na’Allah” she said.
In another development, was the support by the Newyork consulate headed by Amb. Peter Egopija, to provide office space and Administrative for the Alumni. This will help in the proper coordination of activities as well as to be the link for the Alumni and to different organizations in and around the USA.
Therefore, the Alumni plead for international support and call for more partners to enable them to provide the required assistance cross educational exchanges between the students of UniAbuja and their USA counterparts.
University of Abuja is a public tertiary institution situated FCT Abuja, Nigerian capital Territry, established in January 1988.
This is just the beginning of better things to come from the USA Alumni. When vision * meets *passion results becomes naturally achieved, the president retracted.
The University of Abuja Alumni Association, USA Inc.’s .vision and passion is to give back to our Alma Mater.