For the University of Uyo Alumni Association (UUAA), Akwa Ibom State, it is time for real development to thrive as the new leadership has set the tone for the total transformation of the ex-students’ body.
Presenting his scorecard as he clocked one year in office, the President of the group, Dr. Gabriel Umoh, a Professor of Agricultural and Development Economics at UNIUYO, said he was on a mission to serve and protect the interests of the association. According to Professor Umoh, who doubles as the Director in-charge of the Centre for Wetland and Waste Management Studies, the association under his stewardship in the remaining three years of his tenure would witness more positive imprints on the sands of time.
Reeling out his achievements in an interview in his office, Umoh revealed: “within one year of my tenure, the Executive under me has acquired a portion of land totaling 1.5 hectares from the management of the University of Uyo at the permanent site of the institution”. Besides, the President spoke of major construction work on the proposed UNIUYO Alumni Guest House\Event Centre. The project which consists of 62 rooms guest house and 1,400 sitting capacity events centre, according him, is ongoing as various design components including architectural, structural and engineering have already been procured. The groundbreaking for the project took place in October, 2015. Under his watch, Umoh disclosed that no fewer than 10 graduate student members were awarded education advancement grants of N70,000 each under the Alumni Education Advancement Grant (AEAG) scheme.
During the period under review, the Alumni, he further said staged what he described as “one of my star achievements in 2015-the Alumni re-union in which no fewer than 10 distinguished members were honoured, three of whom were inducted into the association’s hall of fame.
Prof. Umoh is a research and development expert and consultant to international development agencies such as European Union, UNDP, USAID, Anglo-Dutch Shell among others. He was the lead consultant and coordinator of EU Microprojects programme in Six States of the Niger Delta (EU-MPP6) from 2003 to 2008. He was also consultant to MPP9. Prof. Umoh was the Zonal Coordinator of the South East Zone for EU INSIDE (Increasing Non-State Actors Implementation and Development Expertise). He was South South Coordinator of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He runs a successful Non-Governmental organization –African Human Development Centre (AHDC) which currently works in partnership with ActionAid Nigeria in 14 rural communities across 4 Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State to reduce poverty among the vulnerable populations. Prof. Umoh said he is setting his sights on his 2016 action plan for the association.
He, therefore, urged every alumnus of Uniuyo to join hand and “work collectively so that we can achieve the University of Uyo Alumni of our dream.”