At the just concluded 2021 Annual General Assembly and Convention of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti EKSU Alumni Association, Mr. Tolu Egbeyemi, Chairman of the Lagos Chapter of the Association said the wisdom of Hon Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola to twist the theme positively is admirable and should be tenets our growth and development is built upon.

He stated that “Fashola is an inspirational leader that should be emulated by the younger generation, his optimism was displayed with the way he reoriented attendees by showing that the cup is full amd not half empty”. Egbeyemi further stated that the Association will stop at nothing to contribute its quota to developing the country.

His Excellency Babatunde Fashola, believes that reorienting values and leaving a lasting legacy will set Nigeria on the path to progress.

Mr Fashola made this point during a virtual lecture titled “Tragedy of Leadership without Legacy: Safeguarding the Next Generation of Nigerian Leaders” at the Ekiti State University, EKSU Alumni Association’s Annual General Assembly and 9th Special Convention, which was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos.

The Minister, who urged the Alumni Association with using the Convention to liberate Nigerian minds, highlighted the importance of leaders being prepared to improve on inherited legacies.

Mr Fashola reaffirmed the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to ensuring that road users experience the benefits of democratic governance that Nigerians deserve while speaking about the situation of roads across the country.

“It is worthy of mention to tell you that some of Nigeria’s roads have lived up to their billing of more than 25 years and there is a need for maintenance,” the Minister says.

“Most of the major highways created in Nigeria that require care are projects of the Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF, managed by President Buhari at the time, and they were in desperate need of repair or rehabilitation,” he continued.

Mr. Fashola stressed that the current administration sought to leave positive legacies for the next administration to follow and build on.

Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, asked Nigeria to engage in value reorientation and collaboration in order to give the country a new identity of National Development based on shared interests in another lecture.

Professor Ogundipe emphasized the importance of looking inside to make Nigeria work for political elites, business merchants, and academics.

Professor Bamitale Omole, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of EKSU, in a message to delegates at the convention, emphasized the importance of the Alumni Association to the development of their Alma Mata, which he described as fund raising, engine room and catalyst for development, enhanced brand recognition, and platform for professional outreaches.

Professor Omole, who also gave the University’s Visitor and Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi’s goodwill message, called on the Alumni Association to support the University in its efforts to improve the institution of higher learning.

Governor Fayemi, he said, was committed to bringing the university to a new level, among other things.

Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, MOB, representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District where the University is situated promised to support the University with Constituency Projects, made his contribution, calling for more youths involvement in politics.

Senator Bamidele noted that political leaders must have blueprints, maintain integrity, and remain focused, and that this will contribute to general improvement in the field of political coverage.

As the Board of Trustees Chairman, Mr Olawale Jegede, and the Alumni Global President, Engr Dipo Bamisaye managed and directed the General Assembly’s proceedings, the 9th Special Convention saw the acceptance of modifications to the Association’s Constitution. It was a well attended event with array of dignitaries including Hon. Olusola Fatoba, MHR representing Ado Ekiti/Irepodun constituency, represented by his Senior Legislative Aide; Dr. Jide Olufuyi; Professor Patrick Tedela, the DVC Academic who represented the University V.C Professor Edward Olanipekun; Dr. Oludotun Adetuberu, the former Alumni President, the host state Chairman, Mr. Tolu Egbeyemi and USA Chapter Chairman, Mr. Deolu Tinubu amongst many.

Investiture of the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, as the Alumni Association’s Life Patron, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele as an Honorary Member and Patron, and Dr Kingsley Kuku as the Association’s Distinguished Ambassador were among the highlights of the Special Convention.

The Alumni Association is made up of members from all over the country, the United Kingdom/Ireland, United States, and Canada.