By Taofik Jimoh, Osogbo
Accolades have been showered on the alumni association of Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke, Osun State on its seamless and ceaseless efforts in elevating the College among peers.
Different speakers at the Alumni 9th Annual Convention and general meeting that took place over the weekend in the Alumi Auditorium in the College premises gave the accolades.
The event was physically attended by over 100 members while others, especially those in diaspora virtually joined via Zoom.
While speaking with the pressmen, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeyemi Adediran, Owa Omiran of Esa Oke commended the alumni association’s developmental strives.
“We thank God for the event taking place. I am happy with what the Alumni Association has been doing and able to achieved. This edifice (Alumni Auditorium) evidently costs fortune, and I’m happy I was the one who laid the foundation.
“May God continue to guide them through and give them success in their endeavours,” he said.
The Rector of Osun State College of Technology, Dr. Samson Akinbamide Omobayo Adegoke expressed appreciation at the efforts of the Alumni Association in the infrastructural and physical development of the school, even as he drew attention of the people to the Auditorium which is at the last stage of completion.
Dr. S.A.O Adegoke who was represented at the occasion by the deputy Rector, Mr. L. Adeyeri said it was noteworthy to appreciate the members for their supportt, stressing that the institution will continue to uphold the virtues for which the institution is known.
He, however, called on the Alumni to be ready to be more involved in the activities of the institution.
Also, Dr. B.S Agbolade who is the Dean of Students Affairs of OSCOTECH said the Convention was both merry and laudable.
“The College is seeing what it abides by and identifies. We see the love and passion to give back to the Alma mater on the past of the ex-students.
The guest speaker of the occasion, Dr. Seyi Babayinka who spoke on the Convention Theme “Nexus Between Wealth Creation and Leadership Dexterity: Post Pandemic Era” traced the most important pandemic eras in human existence from the inception of time, added COVID-19 to the list.
Dr. Babayinka said in these aforementioned times, humans have been saved by innovations, adaptation and creativity. He is quoted to have said these times also open humanity to invention in sciences and technologies.
The Convention also witnessed the inauguration of OSCOTECH North America Chapter which is meant for America and Canada members.
The newly inaugurated Chapter, which is first in disapora, is the seventh chapter of the association following Ibadan, Home/OSCOTECH, Osogbo, Ekiti, Lagos and Abuja Chapters.
The Coordinator of the North America Chapter, Mr. Abiodun Durosinmi profoundly thanked the National body for the Inaugural.
“We accept the approval and promise to abide by the rules and regulations of the alumni association”, Mr. Durosinmi said via Zoom.
In a letter dated 19th of November, 2021 and duly signed by the General Secretary, Mr. Oyebisi Lukman; the Association said that the donation of the generator is to ease and avert delay in collection of transcript, certificate and other academic credentials from concerned units such as Academic Affairs Unit which is part of Bursary Unit as well as Directorate of Students Affairs.
Dean of Students Affairs, Dr. B.S Agbolade who received the Generating set on behalf of the College appreciated the alumni for the donation, saying the power Generating set would be used for intended purposes.
The OSCOTECH Alumni National President, Prince Olaniyan Adenle said, “like all tertiary Alumni associations we are graduands of the Osun State College of Technology (OSCOTECH), Esa Oke, Osun State. We are recognized by the College and being guided by a constitution.
“On our contributions to the Alma mater, this edifice belongs to us. We contributed among ourselves and built it for the use of everybody; the College, and the students.
“Also we gave out scholarships to best graduate students in all of the five faculties we have here.
“These are little of our major contributions. And very soon we will bring more of our projects to the limelight.
“Apart from this building, we have just donated a set of power generator to the school. Specifically a unit that lacks power supply to process students’ results.”
He continued to say the school has been very friendly and supportive. He cited the instances, which included but not limited to giving the association a parcel of land on which the Auditorium is built.
“Anytime we come they welcome us. They are our friends. Anytime we come they welcome us. They know we are the owners of the school because we graduated from here. They are cooperating with us in everything we are doing.”
On the new Chapter, he said: “We have existing six chapters. The seventh we just inaugurated is North America Chapter. It’s our first chapter in diaspora. It is meant for our members in America and Canada.”
However, the OSCOTECH Alumni National President said on the fore of challenges the association witnesses is fund, the members’ strives regardless.
Furthermore, he said the duo of OSCOTECH and the Alumni Association encourage those forming “island association” to come to the round table as reconcile terms will be reached.
He concluded by saying that the alumni association opens it hands to alumnae as strength of association lies in the number of its members.
Rector Dr. SAO Adegoke was represented at the occasion by the deputy Rector Mr. L. Adeyeri
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