Deputy Education Minister for Administration, Aagon F. Tingba, has called on the alumni of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University (AMEZU) on Benson Street in Monrovia to collaborate among themselves to form a strong association to develop the institution.
Mr. Tingba is an alumnus of the university. He made the remarks on Saturday at a souvenir program of the 2016 Alumni Homecoming event held on the university’s Po River campus in Vincent Town, Monrovia/Bomi Highway under the theme, “The Role of Alumni in an Institution.”
“We need to help to improve the institution by applying for grants out there as well as offer our services to the institution by coming to teach. It is incumbent upon us to play some meaningful role in the upkeep of the university, because over the years some of our colleagues left the university without making the necessary impact on society,” Mr. Tingba said.
He stressed the need for the alumni to work together to establish a strong network across the globe that would help to ensure that Zion remains one of the best tertiary institutions in the country.
“As we gather here today, this is not about what makes us alumni, but what role we can play in the development of our Alma mater. There are some people who unconsciously try to down play their former institutions. We need to map out our potential to help each other,” Tingbah said.
He said with the huge land space owned by the Zion University, the alumni must begin to identify projects that would be helpful to the development of the institution, adding, “Let us find time to come and teach and improve our colleagues’ academic standard.”
For his part, alumnus Musa H. Bility lauded the outgoing leadership of the association for their collaborative efforts with the administration. He then urged the incoming leadership to do likewise.
“I want the incoming leadership to identify projects especially physical projects for the next academic year so that we can do something better. This is the only way the alumni voice can be heard and respected. I want to pledge my fullest support to the Zion Administration,” Mr. Bility assured.
Abednego C. Kofie, president of the AMEZU Alumni Association, lauded Mr. Bility for providing a 67-seater bus for the university, describing his gesture as the first in the history of the university.