The forthcoming University of Jos Alumni Association (UJAA) Reunion and Dinner is arguably the biggest gathering of graduates of the University of Jos being organised to together bring graduates of the University of Jos (Josites) to network, reunite again, and discuss issues that would help attract the needed infrastructure to the University.
Scheduled to hold on Thursday, September 28 at the Yar’adua Centre, Abuja, the event, which will be chaired by Prince Tony Momoh, former Minister of Information and Chairman, University of Jos Governing Council, will have Alumni members who have distinguished themselves in their areas of calling receive awards, while Josites who recently got into executive and appointive positions in both the public and private sectors, would be recognised and celebrated.
Speaking during a press briefing in Lagos, UJAA National President, Mallam Idris Yakubu, revealed that some of these Josites are the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, four Josite Governors: Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong of Plateau State, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, and Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar of Bauchi State while several Senators who are Josites will also be honoured. Also to be honoured are the three Josite ministers: Mr. Usani .U. Usani of the Niger Delta Ministry, Comrade Solomon Dalung, Youths and Sports Development Ministry, and Professor Claudius Daramola, Minister of State, Niger Delta and the four Josite Deputy Governors. Others include, former Inspector General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro, Supreme Court Justices, University Vice Chancellors, Senior Civil Servants and Captains of Industry,
Idris revealed further that the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Seddi Maimako (also a Josite) will be making his first major appearance among the Josites Alumni family, having assumed office in June 2016.
The highpoint of the event, which promises to be an evening of fun, banters throwing, and camaraderia as Josites are expected to attend from all over Nigeria and the diaspora, is the unveiling of the University of Jos Alumni Centre, a multipurpose Centre, and the most ambitious project to be undertaken by Alumni Members of Unijos in the history of the university, to be built on the universityâ€™s permanent site in Naraguta, Jos. This Centre shall incorporate a 500 seat Auditorium, a Banquet Hall, several meeting rooms, offices, Reception Lounges, Shops, an Internet bar, and an Honours arcade, amongst others. All funds received during the event will be deployed towards building the Centre.
There will be a Lecture on the Strategic Role of Alumni in the development of Universities and our immediate Communities by erudite Jurist and Law Professor, C. J Dakas, also a Great Josite. Aside comedian Stanley Chibunna, aka Funnybone, many other A List Acts like Senata and Singer Aramide, All Josites, are expected to thrill the audience, which shall include the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, former Federal Ministers Pauline Tallen, Labaran Maku, and Prof Viola Onwuliri, 20 other Legislators from the National Assembly, and Industry Chieftains, like Igho Charles Sanomi. Others expected at the event, which starts with a Blue Carpet at 5pm, include Nollywood Stars like Iretiola Doyle, Jim Iyke, and Desmond Elliot, Police Chiefs, Joshak Habila DIG and Wilson Inalegwu, CP, Traditional Rulers, Senior Lawyers (SANs), members of the Unijos Management Team, Branch/Chapter Chairmen & and several other very distinguished Josites.