By Abubakar Hassan


Prof. Abubakar Sadauki of FUT Minna (l) being supported by the National President of COE Minna, Hajiya Hauwa Mohammed Lemur (r), as they present an award to the Provost of Federal College of Education, Kontagora, Prof. Faruq Rashid Haruna for his contribution to the growth and development of the college and also the Alumni Association.

Alumni associations have been described as critical stakeholders in the life of every institution of learning and the education sector as a whole.

The Provost of Federal College of Education (FCE), Kontagora in Niger State, Prof. Faruq Rashid Haruna stated this in his lecture during the Alumni Association Day of College of Education (COE), Minna, last Wednesday.

The Provost whose lecture centres on The Role of Alumni Representatives in the College Governing Council said the importance of Alumni Associations to their Alma mater cannot be over emphasized, adding that they are strategic key players for collective action and partnership in the delivery of qualitative, sound and relevant education in the 21st  century college management.

He said the essence of Alumni bodies was to create a permanent and unbroken relationship or linkage between a school, higher institution of learning or college and its graduates, former or old students so that they can have stakes in their growth and development.

Prof. Faruq who is also an Alumni member of the college said the benefits of Alumni to institutions of learning were immeasurable, as according to him they are the largest institutional constituency and as such their potential influence outside the institution is disproportionate to the influence of current insiders such as faculty, students, and staff.

He added that Alumni have always been the first and most effective fundraisers for the College and have pursued all these as volunteers, saying Alumni were the only permanent stakeholders in the success of the institution and that one  cannot shed Alumni status.

Prof. Faruq who said he will remain a proud Alumni member of the college stressed that the involvement of Alumni in supporting and providing contributions voluntarily to their institutions was very important for maintaining and expanding educational development, saying this can be achieved by establishing channels that can facilitate closer ties between the Alumni, students and the college.

He further explained some other ways Alumni members can contribute in the development of their Alma mater which includes through career mentorship of students, role model and inspiration, providing expertise, improve student recruitment, increase efforts in collecting funds, supporting the college reputation among others.

Prof. Faruq also disclosed that already the Federal Colleges of Education have Alumni representatives in their governing councils and that there was an ongoing efforts championed by him to see that the same thing was done to the state owned colleges, which he said had received the backing of about 90 Provosts in the country.

In her address, the national President of Niger State College of Education, Minna, Hajiya Hauwa Mohammed Lemu went down memory lane to explained the struggles for the formation of the College Alumni Association, saying the first attempt was made in 1991, while the second attempt was in 1999, but that they all met a dead end despite all the sensitization.

She added that late Prof. Ibrahim Adamu Kolo resuscitated the College Alumni Association when he came as a Provost of the College where they embarked on a serious membership drive and also carried out some activities, which includes fund raising dinner during the 2003 convocation ceremony, renovated and furnished the female hostel, held congresses, installed Alumni signpost, designed the Alumni banner and raised awareness as regards the formation of the Alumni association.

Hajiya Hauwa Lemu also appreciated the former Provost of the College, Prof. Faruq Rashid Haruna for changing the face of the college and also thanked the past Provosts for their support to the Alumni Association.

In his goodwill message, the Provost of the College, Prof. Muhammad Yakubu Auna congratulated the Alumni members for coming thus far, assuring that the college management will continue to partner with them.

The Provost who was represented at the occasion by the deputy Provost academics, Dr. Muhammad M. Shaku also saluted the past leadership of the college for laying a solid foundation for the growth and development of the college, promising that they will do their best to sustain it.

Prof. Abubakar Sadauki of Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna was the chairman of the occasion, while the Deputy Vice Chancellor, administration of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai, Prof. Mohammed S. Mohammed and Prof. Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi of Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna were the discussants.

The highlights of the event was a musical entertainment and presentation of awards to individuals who contributed to the growth and development of the college and also the Alumni Association, including Prof. Faruq Rashid Haruna, Hajiya Hauwa Mohammed Lemu, Prof. Mohammed Yakubu Auna and also a posthumous award to late Prof. Ibrahim Adamu Kolo.