Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has urged alumni of the University of Nigeria to find time for occasional visits to their alma mater and always contribute to its sustenance and progress.
He spoke in Abuja while officially commissioning the new office of the University of Nigeria Alumni Association (UNAA), Abuja branch, during which he was also honoured with a special Award of Excellence in public service and upholding the tenets of the university.
Ekweremadu, a law graduate of the University of Nigeria, thus a ‘Lion’, pledged that he would also make out more time to attend to alumni matters, and work closely together with the association to rewrite its name and that of the University in gold.
Ekweremadu commended executive committee of the Abuja branch of UNAA, led by Comrade Uche Obasi, for the wonderful job it had been doing in steering the affairs of the association.
The ‘Ikeoha Ndigbo’ further appreciated the association for honouring with an Award of Excellence and finding him worthy to commission the new office, the first for the Abuja branch.
The branch president of UNAA noted that the former Deputy Senate President was unanimously selected as deserving of the honour having lived up to the motto of the University: To Restore the Dignity of Man.
“I have never met the distinguished Senator in person until today but his works will tell you that he graduated from the University of Nigeria and the people that work with him will tell you that he never relents until the work is done and that is the spirit of graduates of University of Nigeria.
“At the university of Nigeria, you will be trained to be the best in whatever you are doing. The training is that you never give up, strive, push and get result.
“The distinguished Senator Ekweremadu is worthy in character and learning, a point he learnt from the University of Nigeria and that’s why his people have been choosing him above others to represent them.
“The Senator is a man of many firsts and God loves people of firsts so he is man of God as well…1st local govt chairman of his area, 1st leader of his age grade at 10, graduate of the first and the best indigenous University of Nigeria, 1st Senator to commission a project for our association and first Senator to receive our prestigious award in our office”, Obasi said.
The event was attended by other eminent alumni and friends of the University of Nigeria, including former Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Kema Chikwe.