By; Ajadi Sodiq.
The Oyo state branch of Alumni Association of the University of Ibadan, held her Annual Alumni Lecture on Friday, 24th of November.
The Lecture, which took place at Trenchard Hall, UI started at exactly 4pm with distinguished personnels, Alumni; Mr. Lekan Ajisafe, Mr. Agada Apoche, CEO Pharmatek Directive; Mr. Tayo Malik, Mr. Niyi Toluwalope (Ayodeji Afolabi representative), Prof. Alonge, and students of the University all in attendence.
The guest speaker of the day was Mr. Victor Etuokwu, the Managing Director Retail North Access Bank Plc.
After recitation of the National, school Anthem, and introduction of dignitaries the welcome address was read out by UIAA Oyo state Chairman; Mr. Tunde Olayiwola.
The representative of the Vice Chancelor, Prof. Peter Olapegba- DVC Admin gave the chairman opening’s speech where he cited the relationship between the Alumni and the University, including their significant support towards the university growth despite the drawbacks from the government to fund universities in Nigeria.
“There are ways by which Universities both here in Nigeria and outside generate funds in running the university and this is by three (3) ways; Endowment, Students school fees, and the alumni engagement.” He said.
He also spoke about the gesture of the Alumni on how they contributed significant percentage of the 52.9Billion in 2021.
During the course of the event, Mr. Victor Etuokwu delivered a lecture on the topic “Tertiary Institutions As Catalyst For Transformational Leadership” where he explained the role of a leader and that of a transformational leader.
“Tertiary Institutions are catalysts for developing transformational leaders. They are not merely placesof academic pursuit; they’re places for opportunity.
“They provide an environment where people meet, exchange ideas, share dreams, and in some cases meet their future business partners. Many leaders are created at the universities because the relationship formed with peers, faculty, alumni, and other stakeholders create opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and support throughout life.” He said.
“As Africans building a great institutions within the continent, we had to pursue things that were important to us things were passionate about. We knew very early on that, Creating wealth is important but creating sustainable is crucial.” He added.
Also, the event witnessed the announcement of the Launching of the secretariat of the UIAA Oyo state branch, including the honourary title to Mr. Victor Etuokwu as the Most Distinguished Alumni (MDA), and presentation of Awards from organizations like Sigma Club, Independence Hall Alumni Association, and UIAA Oyo State Branch.