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UTG Alumni Association convenes first general meeting

Mar 7, 2016, 12:22 PM | Article By: Kaddijatou Jawo

The University of the Gambia Alumni Association held its first general meeting on Saturday at the auditorium of the law faculty of the UTG in Kanifing, where various students from different departments convened to discuss issues concerning the association and selection of executive members to man the affairs of the association.

Speaking at the meeting, on the relevance of alumni association in a university, UTG Finance Director Kojo said UTGAA’s partnering with UTG administration would be of benefit to both institutions, as the achievement of the alumni association is the achievement of the university.

He urged the association to organize networking and outreach activities to bring together alumni members as well as create ideas for jobs for some members.

Students, he further noted, should not turn their backs on the university after graduating from it.

“You cannot remove your success from the university because your success is also among the university achievements,” he said, adding that alumni members should also try to work as an association “to give back to the university as expected.”

Mr Kojo said that in other parts of the world alumni associations are the bodies responsible for the selection of various positions, like the appointments of school Deans and Vice Chancellors, in their universities.

Speakers on the occasion included past executive members of UTGAA such as Mr Ousman Bah of GRA, who was among the first graduates of UTG.

Mr Bah, who spoke on the importance and revitalization of the association and also why the alumni has to give back to their alma mater, said: “I call on the alumni to be a brand and trademark of honesty and integrity so that you can be able to reach out to key institutions where there are UTG Alumni and get them on board.”

Mr Bah also told students that they should be more than happy to be the products of “this great university. “I still see myself as part of the university,” he said, adding that the university should be our pride because of the knowledge and benefits students have gained from it.

“Now we are able to boast of home-grown doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, you name them. This is all because of this university;so looking at all these achievements we need to come together as one to make it more better for others to be able to achieve what we have so far achieved,” he said.

In his remarks, the UTGAA chairperson David Jeng thanked everyone for their support to the successful holding of the event.

He urged the students to give back totheir alma mater, “which has given so much to us and contributed to our success”.

The elected interim executive members of the UTGAA are as follows: chairperson, David Jeng, vice chairperson, Ishata Bojang, executive secretary, Amie Sighateh, finance director, Aja Tamamu Mariama Kinteh, internal auditor, Gibril Sanneh, information and public officer, Abdoulie Jallow, and international relations director, Isatou Sonko.

The general assembly agreed that the interim executive should continue for 3 months, within which they should assign a constitutional reviewcommittee to review the constitution.