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University alumni tasked on support for alma maters

Prof. Ambali

A former Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Funsho Ambali, has called on products of institutions of learning to always pull their resources together to support their alma maters especially in the areas of infrastructure.

Prof. Ambali gave the charge while delivering a lecture at the 45th foundation anniversary and reunion dinner of Government Secondary School, Afon Old Students Association.

The don, in his lecture titled, “Curbing Moral and Academic Decadence in Public Secondary Schools: The Role of Alumni Associations”, said it is important for members of Alumni Associations to form an alliance with the teaching staff of their alma mater to maintain high educational standard.

Prof. Ambali, who is also an old student of the school, bemoaned the quality of infrastructure and facilities in public schools as he accused stakeholders of negligence of such an important element of the nation’s school system.

Prof. Ambali, who is the Chairman of the Ilorin Emirate Staff Association (IESA), University of Ilorin, added that it is the situation of the public institutions that compelled products of public schools to send their children to private schools.

He said, ” Stakeholders must not neglect their duties of ensuring that equal opportunities are granted to all citizens to be functionally educated, a nation that neglects public schools does so at its peril.”

Prof. Ambali maintained that the hope of a functional and effective society is largely dependent on public schools whose services can be accessed by a large section of Nigerians.

He blamed the government and other stakeholders for the turn of event and opined that Alumni Associations have a lot to do towards halting the dangerous trend in their alma mater.

He explained that the importance of Alumni Associations cannot be overemphasised as old students represent a window to the past, embody evolution of the institution over time and provide inspiration for the vision of the future.

The renowned academic, who graduated from the institution in 1984, also urged products of such institutions to assist their contemporaries in job placement, business opportunities and political patronage, adding that beneficiaries of such gestures would certainly give back to the institutions towards keeping them afloat.

He urged accomplished members of the Alumni Association to assist in providing career guidance for the current students of such schools for them to also become great in life.

The foremost scholar advised products of the institutions to consider voluntary teaching of subjects in which they are proficient in order to assist their alma mater in service delivery as he advised management of such schools not to discourage alumni who show such desire.

Prof. Ambali pleaded with the government to ensure that public schools are well funded and equipped to meet the challenges of the moment, saying that most of the schools do not have compliment of quality teachers and state-of-the-art equipment.

He added that once the problem of inadequate funding and infrastructural deficiency are arrested, the quality of products of such institutions would become much better and the nation would be better for it.

Drawing the attention of stakeholders to the increasing incidence of indiscipline among students of secondary schools,
Prof. Ambali, urged parents and teachers as well as other stakeholders to cooperate with one another towards stemming truancy, disobedience, lateness, stealing, cultism and rape among other vices.

The don acknowledged the impact of the school and its successive Principals and staff and even senior contemporaries, on the personalities and career developments of its alumni, many of whom he said are now occupying positions of authority in the private and public sectors.

He urged all the alumni to challenge themselves with what they could do to assist the school in the interest of the present and future generations of students of the institution.

The event was attended by the newly appointed University Librarian of the Kwara State University, Malete, Dr. Salman; a lecturer at the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin, Dr. Shittu Raji as well as Dr. Muhammad Kabir Garba of the Department of Statistics, University of Ilorin, among others.

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