The Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) in Ondo State, Prof Igbekele Ajibefun, has hailed the school's alumni for supporting the management to realise its goals.
The VC's commendation followed a donation of computers to the school by members of the alumni association during their 2017 convention, which held on the campus last weekend.
Prof Ajibefun, represented by his deputy (Administration), Prof Olugbenga Ige, said he was delighted to see the association grow within a short period of its existence. He noted that the association had become a major contributor to the growth and development of the university.
The VC said: "The management notes with pride, your consistent contributions, as well as the lofty dreams you nurture to develop your alma mater. We commend your efforts in setting up an endowment scheme for indigent students."
Donating the set of computers on behalf of the association, Its President, Mr Patrick Oluyide, said the gesture was part of the collaboration with the university to eradicate the challenges associated with the issuance of certificates and administration of academic transcripts.
He said:"As part of our efforts, we are donating computers to the Registry Division, which has offices, such as Examinations and Records, Statistics Unit, and University Advancement Office. We are positive that these machines will increase efficiency and remove the air of unpredictability that currently clouds the activities of these vital units."
Oluyide urged members of the staff to continue to be friendly with students, noting that a university is nothing without students.
He said: "Remove students from the university community and what you have left cannot be called a school. We, therefore, urge members of staff to create good and lasting memories of customer's delight in the minds of students. If they are treated well, they will come back and give back. We must consider this important because a university that cannot depend on its alumni has failed."
He praised the Prof Ajibefun-led management for cooperating with the association in moving the school forward. He also praised the Acting Director of the University Advancement Office, Dr Kikelomo Olugbemi, for strengthening the relationship between the university and the alumni body.
The VC, who took delivery of the computers on behalf of the school, thanked the alumni, saying their gesture was making their alma mater better.
Prof Ajibefun said: "We are aware and appreciative of your various donations and programmes targeted at improving on our services. Your past donations, including office equipment, power generating set, and the computers you have given today are all laudable. We are grateful to you for the ongoing building of male and female hall of residence."
Keynote speaker at the convention lecture titled: Strategies for transforming from cost centre to profit centre: Personal and organisational perspectives, Mr Yinka Olugbodi, urged the university to give priority to entrepreneurship in its service delivery.