UIAA Elects Executive Members, Worldwide!

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By ABEL JOHNGOLD ORHERUATA

University of Ibadan Alumni Association (UIAA), the umbrella body of all graduates of the University of Ibadan, on Saturday, 26 November, 2022, held its worldwide Biennial Election Congress.

Ballot boxes

As part of the convention which held at the International Conference Centre of the University, a new set of officers were elected and subsequently sworn-in to steer the ship of the association for a two-year tenure.

Ogun State Branch of UItes at the Election Congress

The immediate past Secretary of the association worldwide, Prof. Saawua Gabriel Nyityo emerged as President of the Alumni Association.

Senator Jonathan Zwingina and some college of past presidents

Also elected into the Executive Committee were; Fidelis Mbadugha Esq, 1st Vice President, Joseph Akaanan, 2nd Vice President, Prof. Joel Abolagba, 3rd Vice President while Dr. Sarah Akintola was elected Secretary worldwide.

Other members who were elected into Executive Committee were Chief C Uchemadu Abosi, 1st Assistant Secretary, Daniel Oghoghovbe, 2nd Assistant Secretary, Dr. (Mrs.) Oyinade Tomori Olujimi, Worldwide Treasurer and Dr. (Mrs.) Ruth Epochi-Olise, Financial Secretary.

UItes voting

The new Executive Committee also includes Comrade Abel Johngold Orheruata as Worldwide Publicity Secretary of the Association, Prof. Helen Adebola, Social Secretary and Ben Chuks Udoh Esq. as Legal Adviser. While Mr. Adewale Alao, Comrade Christian Purity Obileri and Mr. Patrick Oyameda were elected Ex-Officio members of the new UIAA Exco.

Electoral Officers

With the oath of office administered on the newly elected and returned executive members by, Barrister Eleri Maurice, the newly elected President of UIAA worldwide, Prof. Nyityo, commended his predecessors, Prof. Elsie Adewoye, Chief Dr. Kemi Emina, Dr. Nathaniel Merenu and Hyacinth Kyaagba, for the great work done to uplift UIAA.

While also commending distinguished Senator Jonathan Zwingina and other members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and college of past President, Nyityo appreciated UItes for keeping faith with the Association, that he loves the family life style UItes were living and appealed to all UI graduates to join the Alumni wherever they are since the Association has branches all over the world.

The Benue born Professor of History thanked the alumni for their support and called for a united front and support from every member, stating that the new executive committee will exemplify inclusion, development and expansion in the quest to reposition the alumni.

Earlier, Senator Jonathan Zwingina, who presided over the Election Congress on behalf of the other members of the BoT, called on the teeming members of the Association to rally round the newly inaugurated executive members by giving all necessary supports.

While saying that the Election Congress was held within the ambience of the UIAA Constitution guidelines, Zwingina thanked the BoT Chairman Dr. Michael Omolayole, who consulted with other members to appoint him as BoT representative to preside and supervise the conduct of the Congress.

Senator Jonathan Zwingina giving Comrade ABEL JOHNGOLD a congratulatory handshake

“It’s a privilege for me to be selected by members of the BoT to preside over this event”. He added.

While commending Chief Dr. Kemi Emina for his devotion to the Association which he said extended to Prof. Elsie Adewoye, Zwingina charged Prof. Nyityo to follow the footsteps of his predecessors in raising the ladder of the Association.

“Please learn from the good example of the two immediate past presidents of the Association. Dr. Kemi Emina worked hard and attracted laudable projects to the University. Surpass your predecessors and know that you are leading a group that’s passionate about their alma mater”: The former Nigeria Senate Leader stated.

While encouraging the new UIAA President to always respect and relate with the authority of the University of Ibadan, Zwingina charged the University management to maintain the projects that has been attracted and handed over to the school.

Some past presidents of the Association including Mr. Hyacinth Kyaagba, Dr. Nathaniel Merenu, Chief Dr. Kemi Emina and Prof. Elsie Olufunke Adewoye that attended the event in their separate statements, prayed for Nyityo to surpassed their achievements and advised the new executive members emphasized on open door policy and good team work.

Prof. Elsie Olufunke Adewoye and Comrade Abel Johngold

Other notable alumnus of the University including Dr. Michael Omolayole, Dr. Cicilia Ibru, Senator George Akume among others monitored the Election Congress via zoom.

The new executive committee will steer the affairs of the Alumni Association for the next two years.