The alumni were charged to act as role models to the undergraduates.
The Alumni Association of the Federal University of Agriculture, FUNNAB, Abeokuta, said it plans to partner with the university on capacity building with emphasis on resource development, commercial agriculture, and vocational skills, among others.
The old students made this known on Saturday during a courtesy call on the Chairman, Governing Council and Pro-Chancellor of the University, Adeseye Ogunlewe, in his private residence in Lagos.
National president of the association, Lateef Sanni, accompanied by other members, in his speech, frowned at the alleged politics of bitterness in the university system, stating that rather than encourage it, the alumni is set to eradicate such.
“We have served as stabilising agent amongst staff, students and unions. We remained focus and fair in our interactions. We have developed transparent leadership skills to solve knotty and critical issues that have the capacity of derailing our Alma Mata,” he said.
He, however, added that as part of the association’s contribution to the betterment of the university, it has to date stimulated academic interest amongst students of the university through endowment of scholarship awards, payment of tuition fees and provision of food and other welfare packages to indigent and other physically-challenged students of the university.
The president said the association was formed in 1996, barely eight years after the establishment of the university, and emphasised that the body will continue to contribute to the overall development of the school.
“Kindly be assured of the cooperation and contributions of our members towards sustainable endowment and capacity building of our university. Our members are well positioned to partner with our university on capacity building,” he told Mr. Ogunlewe.
In his reaction, the Pro-Chancellor encouraged the old students to continue in their contribution to the growth of their former school. He added that the old students should serve as role models for the undergraduates, hence, the need to organise regular talks and workshop for them.
On the university, Mr. Ogunlewe, a chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, noted the importance of exchange programmes, stressing that learning is moving fast globally and the university must not be at the back seat