UNILAG alumni unite for national development

Old students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), under their umbrella body, the University of Lagos Alumni Association will between October 18 and 26 return to their alma mater to celebrate the golden jubilee of the association.

The 50th anniversary celebration, which had already been kicked off on Sunday, October 13 with the Annual General Meeting, has as a theme: “Driving Nigeria’s Sustainable Development Agenda,” centered on the importance the association attached to national development through sustainable development goals.

While addressing journalists at a media conference organised to unveil activities lined up to commemorate the anniversary, the National President of the association and Chairman of Channels Media Group, Dr. John Momoh, said the anniversary lecturer: “How Nigeria Can Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030,” would be delivered by the immediate past Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy For All, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella.

He also told journalists at the Alumni Jubilee House, Akoka Campus, venue of the media parley, that the lecture would be discussed by key personalities, experts and policy makers, including the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulure.

Other activities to commemorate the anniversary include a Jumat service at the university Mosque on Friday, October 18; Thanks-giving service on Sunday, October 20 at the Chapel of Christ The Light; while exhibition by notable names in Nollywood, fashion and music, as well as the anniversary lecture are billed for Thursday, October 24.

According to Momoh, the grand finale of the anniversary, which is the Distinguished Alumni Awards and Dinner, where a selected few notable alumni and friends of the association would be honoured, would hold on Saturday, October 26, at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Vitoria Island, Lagos.

However, underscoring the key role of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the overall growth and development of the nation, especially in the critical areas of poverty reduction and provision of security, the association reiterated that SDGs should be seen as a national objective.

According to the Chairman, Programme Sub-Committee, Dr. Waheed Olagunju, there is the need for government and private sector to come together for the country to succeed in the 17 goals of the SDGs.

Dr. Momoh, expressed delight that the vision of the founding fathers of the 57-year-old institution had been actualised and faithfully followed over the decades.

While he also pointed out that the partnership with the university had been mutually beneficial, albeit some minor challenges, he said the theme of the celebration was centered on the importance the association attached to national development.     

At the conference were the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe; Chairman, Programme Sub-Committee, Dr. Waheed Olagunju; Dr. Lukman Adeoti; the Chairman of Golden Jubilee Organising Committee, Mr. Temitope Smart; Chairman, Public Sub-Committee, Mr. Ime Ufot; and the National Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Regina Chris-Ogbodo, among other members and officials of the alumni association.

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