he immediate past President of University of Uyo (UNIUYO) alumni association, Prof. Gabriel Umoh, has called on his successor to consolidate on his achievements and build a virile organisation.
He expressed thanks to God for a successful tenure, saying his era was eventful with lot of reforms to reposition the association.
Speaking in an interview at the weekend after handing over to his successor, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke, a former Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and now member of the House of Representatives, Umoh charged the lawmaker to consolidate on his achievements in the last five years.
Umoh, a Professor of Agricultural and Development Economics, named one of his major achievements to include “successful transition and peaceful handover to the new leadership to be led by Luke, a former student leader with great zeal to develop the association.”
“As at the time we came in, the association had been operating for 30 years without being registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
We succeeded in registering the body and embarking on several diplomatic manoeuvres to stabilise the association, which was highly factionalised and confrontational,” he said.
“With the reconciliation moves, peace was restored and we had to give a sense of direction to the association by elevating the welfare of members as well as the growth and development of our alma mater,” he added.
He explained that his administration had to tinker with the constitution by amending some aspects of the rules to enable more experienced and qualified former students with tangible means of livelihood like Luke to lead the association for a more responsible alumni forum for sustained growth and development.
The outgone era, according to Umoh, despite lean resources embarked on a 62-room guest house, 1, 400 room event centre, bookshops and business centre, donation of books and other academic materials in aid of members as well as grants to indigent students, all had the imprint of his administration.