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Ede Poly Alumni association holds 2nd annual general meeting

The Federal Polytechnic Ede Alumni Association convened its 2nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at the Waterfield Luxury Hotel in Akobo, Ibadan, Oyo State.

The event saw a robust turnout of members both physically and virtually, including the National Executive Council (NEC), Board of Trustees (BOT), the Federal Polytechnic Ede management team, external auditors, legal advisers, and representatives from the Forum of Nigeria Polytechnic Alumni Associations (FONPAA), along with chapter members from across Nigeria and beyond.

The meeting commenced at 2:05 pm with an opening prayer by Mr. Olaniyi Ayobami Simeon from the Oyo branch, followed by the recitation of the Alumni Anthem.

In her welcome address, President Mrs. Adedoyin Balogun, expressed gratitude for the attendees’ presence and emphasised the importance of collective support and unity among members, also addressing a minor delay in the meeting’s start.

BOT chairman, Mr. Oladosu Babson congratulated the alumni for their achievements and urged continued backing for the executive team.

FONPAA’s representative, Comrade Gbenga Babalola commended the association’s progress and reaffirmed FONPAA’s mission to enhance technological education in Nigeria.

Mr. Adefisoye Olumide, Deputy Registrar of Federal Polytechnic Ede, encouraged alumni to uphold and protect the institution’s esteemed reputation.

Dr. Hafeez Taiwo Ewedairo, national general secretary, presented a comprehensive report on the association’s activities over the past year, highlighting key projects such as the establishment of the current executive council, student training programs, and the awarding of scholarships to 46 students.

A moment of silence was observed in honour of the late BOT member, Gbenga Oyawa.

The external audit report by Mr. Olawale Felix Rokosu FCA from Olawale Rokosu & Co. confirmed the association’s financial records were accurate and compliant with international standards, revealing an income of N27,385,383, an expenditure of N14,679,414, and a surplus of N12,705,969.

The association said that the branch updates highlighted significant activities across chapters: the Osun branch, inaugurated in 2021, now boasts over 300 members and is planning a reunion; the Oyo branch, with over 160 members, is resolving issues and planning elections; the Port Harcourt branch is active with ongoing account setup; the Abuja branch continues to expand its membership and welfare programs; and the Lagos/Ogun branch is preparing for a reunion and executive elections.

The North America and UK branches reported successful events and engaged memberships.

The meeting addressed technical issues with the Zoom platform and emphasized the need for improved preparation and timely distribution of reports.

Recommendations included allowing non-financial members to observe meetings to enhance engagement and attendance.

Past President Mr. Festus Olaifa and other members suggested improving branch activities and resolving conflicts through dialogue.

The legal adviser proposed incorporating sign language interpretation for future events.

The AGM concluded with a vote of thanks by Welfare Director Bldr. Adetoyese Ogunremi.

The meeting was adjourned following a motion moved by Bldr. Dr. Buari Tirimisiyu and seconded by Mr. Adeola Anwojue.

Mr. Oseni Kazeem led the closing prayer, and the 2nd stanza of the Alumni Anthem was recited.

The successful AGM reaffirms the Federal Polytechnic Ede Alumni Association’s commitment to unity, progress, and active engagement in advancing both the goals of its members and the institution.

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