The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the UNILAGFEAA was held on thursday, March 30th, 2023, at Prof. Rahman Adisa Bello lecture theatre by the Faculty of Engineering, UNILAG. The AGM was attended by about 70 alumni members and guests, including the executive committee. Also, presence at the AGM was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Obanisola Sodiq with the Heads of the various Departments as well as the National President (Worldwide), University of Lagos Alumni Association, Engr. IfeOluwa Oyedele, FNSE.
The program for the AGM was as follows
➢ Arrival of Guests, Registration and Accreditation
➢ National Anthem/Pledge
➢ Welcome Address by: – Engr. Dideolu Falobi, FNSE. Chairman of UNILAGFEAA.
➢ Dean’s Goodwill Message: – Engr. Prof. O.M. Sadiq, FNSE, FAEng.
➢ BOT Chairman Goodwill Message: – Engr. Dr. Oyenuga Eribake, FNSE, FAEng
➢ Chairman Executive Reports for AGM: – Engr. Dideolu Falobi, FNSE. Chairman of UNILAGFEAA.
➢ Reading and Adoption of the Minutes of Meeting of the 4th AGM
➢ Financial/Auditor Report
➢ Review of the Constitution and Discussion of Reports
➢ Dissolution of Executive Members
➢ Election of new Executive Members – Engr. Prof. Funso Falade, FNSE, FAEng.
➢ Inauguration of New Executive Members
➢ Vote of Thanks: Chairman AGM Committee
The meeting started at about 11.45 a.m on the arrival of the Dean and the HODs with a warm welcome address given by the Secretary of UNILAGFEAA Engr. Dr. Lawrence Osoba on behalf of the Chairman. He appreciated all members and guests for attending the AGM and apologize for the postponement of the AGM which was to initially hold in February, 2023.
Dean’s Goodwill Message
The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Obanisola Sodiq appreciated all members of UNILAGFEAA for the enormous contributions and supports to the developments of the faculty since inception of the association. Achievements of the Faculty within the University community and in global world of academics was shared with the alumni association with encouragement for continued supports with learning facilities. Prof Sodiq closed his message by congratulating members of the Alumni that were successful at the last election and returning to their various offices.
BOT Chairman Goodwill Message
The immediate past chairman of UNILAGFEAA Engr. Titi Omoetu presented the goodwill message of the BOT on behalf of Engr. Dr. Oyenuga Eribake, FNSE, FAEng. He gave a brief history of the association and how the BOT was constituted. He disclosed that Engr Dr Eribake extended his greetings, apologies and appreciation for the performance of the UNILAGFEAA under the leadership of Engr Dideolu Falobi. He however conveyed the BOT chairman’s dissatisfaction with the level of publicity given to the association’s activities especially in the area of projects’ execution and encouraged the incoming publicity secretary to do more in the area of publicity
UNILAG Alumni Association’s Worldwide President’s Goodwill message.
“Apart from the primary objective of giving back to an alma matter to improve its human and infrastructural requirement, Alumni associations are equally meant to assist graduates of the alma matter emotionally, socially and economically so as to encourage and improve membership’s involvement in driving the association’s objectives.” This was the concluding remark of the national president (worldwide) of UNILAG alumni association, Engr. IfeOluwa Oyedele, FNSE.
Aside from being the National president worldwide, Engr Oyedele is equally a member of UNILAGFEAA. Engr. Oyedele who is a power sector mogul is a 1982 graduate of Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering.
With great humor, he disclosed to members and guest at the AGM that a close look at the magnificent works of creation would tell any discerning heart that God is indeed an engineer. He added that going by the account of the Holy Book in Genesis 1:3, God was first an electrical engineer because ‘electricity’ (light) was the first thing he made at creation.
Engr Oyedele disclosed that he is indeed proud to be a product of the faculty which is the actual launching pad for his emergence as National President(worldwide) of the University
He appreciated the founders of the faculty alumni association for the leading role played by them in taking the alumni activities to the faculty level for a more effective dissemination of information and getting the graduates of the institution involved in the development of the university from the faculty level. Engr Oyedele commended the past and present executives of UNILAGFEAA for their contributions to the continued development and enshrinement of excellence of the faculty.
Engr Oyedele solicited support from all alumni to ensure that the University maintains its legacy as the institution of first choice by supporting the institution in major areas of short coming which is the case with the processing of transcript at the moment. The process is challenged by insufficiency in the availability of scanners to automate the records of all alumni and the president announced his personal donation of another scanner to the University to complement the existing one and fast track the process of getting the transcripts.
Chairman Executive Reports for AGM
The chairman of UNILAGFEAA, Engr. Dideolu Falobi, FNSE welcomed members and guest to the AGM and spoke direclty to issues highly revelant to the progress of the association in his presentation of the executive report. He highlighted the major activities and achievements of the association from inception of the association till date. He appealed to the alumni of the faculty that are yet to be members to join the association for continued development of the faculty.
Reading and Adoption of the Minutes of Meeting of the 4th AGM
The minutes of the previous AGM were presented by the Secretary of UNILAGFEAA, Engr Dr Lawrence Osoba. The minutes were approved by the members with no objections.
The financial statement of UNILAGFEAA for 17 months period (1st September 2021 to 31st January 2023) prepared H.T Lawani & Company was presented. The statement showed an overall healthy financial position of the association.
Dissolution of Executive Members & Election of New Members to the Executive Committee
The Chairman of UNILAGFEAA moved for the dissolution of the previous executive after which he left the high table as the chairman of the association. Professor Ikpomwosa led the conduct of the election of new executives and the members voted to elect the new executive.
Engr. Dideolu Falobi FNSE, CEO of Kresta Laurel Limited, who led the previous executive, returned as the chairman of the new executive. Engr. Leke Akindele was newly elected as the vice chairman 2, while the vice chairman 1 position remains vacant and reserved for female members.
Engr. Lawal Taiwo returned as the Publicity Secretary, Engr. (Dr.) Lawrence Osoba assumed the office of Treasurer, and Engr. Ayo Ogunnoiki FNSE became the new general Secretary, with Engr. Segun Arawole as the Assistance Secretary. Other new executives include Engr. Nimotalai Muili as the Financial Secretary and Engr. Omosewa Arowolo as the Social Secretary. The office of Ex-Officio Officer 1 and 2 remains vacant
The members who have been re-elected and the newly elected members will continue to play an important role in steering the association towards a brighter future. With the support of the alumni community, the Faculty of Engineering Alumni Association can continue to make a positive impact on the engineering profession and the university as a whole.
The newly elected executives of the association were successfully inaugurated by the electoral committee with the IPC in attendance.
In his acceptance speech on behalf of the new Executive, Engr. Falobi stated that the the AGM of UNILAGFEAA was a successful event that brought together alumni members and guests to discuss the achievements and challenges facing the association, the faculty and the engineering profession.
Overall, he stated that the AGM was a reflection of the strong sense of community and camaraderie among the alumni of the Faculty of Engineering. He recalled that the association has achieved significant milestones in the past years, including the ongoing construction works that would add 12 units of office spaces and 420 classroom seats to the existing facility at the faculty.
However, he stated that there are still challenges that need to be addressed, such as increasing alumni participation in association’s activities and promoting diversity and inclusion in the engineering profession.
He promised that the newly elected members of the executive committee will have important roles to play in addressing these challenges and in steering the association towards a brighter future. In conclusion, he further stated that with their energy and enthusiasm, along with the continued support and involvement of the alumni community, the Faculty of Engineering Alumni Association would continue to make a positive impact on the faculty, profession and the university.
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