The University of Abuja Vice-Chancellor, Prof Abdul Rasheed N’Allah, while on a working visit to the United States of America, USA, pledged a robust relationship with all alumni worldwide but most especially with the UniAbuja alumni incorporated in the USA.
Prof Abdul Rasheed N’Allah who was welcomed by the executives of the University of Abuja Alumni Association USA Inc. reiterated the need for a strong relationship with the USA chapter of the alumni association.
The visit was organized by the UniAbuja Alumni Association USA Inc. which came at a time the university needed an upgrade and to discuss areas of support.
The VC’s working visit to the USA was to mobilize support for its Alma Mater and to partner with King Baudouin Foundation, a U.S. based independent organization.
The Pragmatic Vice-Chancellor in his remarks thanked the association and its partners 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 strengthening the academics, and the infrastructure thus improving the lives of the students.
“As a public university, the Federal Government cannot fund it alone. We need to mobilize 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 partners to consider supporting the students’ activities centre, providing books to the library and giving scholarships to some outstanding students.
He said the university had embarked on upgrading itself in so many areas as it had developed a virtual class system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our Centre for Distance Learning is among the best in Nigeria. Also, we have launched drug-free clubs and counselling services which work around the clock to help and rehabilitate the affected students,” Abdul Rasheed N’Allah, said.
The high point of the event was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between King Bourdine Foundation, USA, University of Abuja and the Alumni.
Earlier in her remark, the President and Founder of the association, Chief Ekeleoma Nwakaego Chuku, said the motive for establishing the alumni association in the USA was to source support and to give back to our Alma Mater.
Chief Ekeleoma said the alumni had discussed ways and means of providing infrastructure and to support the good and conducive learning environment of the university.
She added that “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” Ekeleoma said.
Another development was the support request from the New York consulate headed by Amb. Peter Egopija, to provide office space for the Alumni to facilitate proper coordination of activities as well as to serve as the link for the Alumni and to different organizations in and around the USA.
Hence, the alumni pleaded for international support and call for more partners to come on board to enable the old students’ association to provide the required assistance for the cross-fertilization of ideas/educational exchanges between the students of UniAbuja and their USA counterparts.
The amazon, Ekeleoma, who is committed to the association to live up to its set goals said, “this is just the beginning of better things to come from the USA Alumni. When vision meets passion results are achieved seamlessly”, she said.
The University of Abuja was established in 1988. It is a public tertiary institution situated in the FCT Abuja, Nigerian capital Territory.Share