Nsukka, Enugu State.
Alumni from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), have pledged to use their connections to attract funds nationally and internationally to their their alma mater, for rapid infrastructural development.
Dr Ejike Oji, a Guest Lecturer and an Alumus, made the pledge in Nsukka on Friday when the alumni members paid a courtesy visit to the UNN Vice-Chancellor, Prof Charles Igwe, in his office.
Oji said they were in the university, from different parts of the country and parts of the World, for their maiden alumni home-coming and conference in the Faculty of Veterinary to interact as well as know the needs of the faculty.
He pledged to use their connections to attract funds nationally and international to address infrastructural deficit of the UNN.
“We are not happy about the level of infrastructural deficit in our alma mater when we have alumni who are occupying strategic positions nationally and internationally.
“What we need from the university is to put in place necessary measures that will enable the institution to access such funds.
“UNN as the premier university in the country should lead other universities, both in academics and infrastructural development,” he said.
In a remark, Prof Chinedu Eze, the Dean of the Faculty, expressed appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor for always giving the faculty special attention and support.
“The faculty is grateful to your management for the special love and support.
“The faculty and its alumi will continue to cooperate and collaborate with the UNN management to move the university to greater heights,” he said.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor (VC), represented by Prof Pat Okpoko, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, commended the alumni for the home-coming event that would enable them know the state of infrastructural development in their alma mater.
The VC promised to give the alumni the necessary cooperation to enable the university to access whatever funds the alumni would attract nationally and internationally.
“Majority of the best-ranking universities in the world, like Oxford and Harvard, are funded and equipped by their alumni,” he said