Pantami: FUTO Alumni Elders Distance Self from NEC Statement
…. Clears Air on Dinner Event
Elders of Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) Alumni have distanced themselves from the statement credited to the president of the association on the appointment of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, as a Professor of Cyber Security in the University.
The Elders’ Council in a statement signed by the president, Dr Victor Ijeh, however described the statement as an attempt to misrepresent facts and discredit the Alumni Elders.
“The elders of FUTO ALUMNI Association have individually expressed their views to relevant stakeholders of FUTO. This matter is now in court, and it is wrong to decide for the court. We state therefore that the elders are monitoring the situation and dissociate herself from the publication by FUTO Alumni Association officials. We will remain as cautious and objective as possible, and will not be drawn into any form of mindless activism to satisfy anybody
“FUTO ALUMNI ELDERS is a group of pioneer graduates of FUTO who by their reckoning, experience, number of years of graduation, contributions to FUTO, society at large, and numerical age have attained the status of veterans and elders in our society. This group was formed to synergize and make more meaningful contributions for the sustainable development of our prestigious institution.
Members of FUTO Alumni Elders are also members of FUTO Alumni Association, and there is no ambiguity whatsoever,” the Elders’ statement read in part.
He explained that the re-union event in Lagos as conceived to give members the opportunity to interact and noted that some members of the National Executive Council were invited.
“The re-union dinner held in Lagos on February 18, 2022 was conceived ab initio by Alumni Elders, and solely sponsored by financially capable members of Alumni Elders. The dinner was an opportunity to create a convivial atmosphere for members to interact with one other. FUTO Alumni Association Lagos branch was invited, and Alumni Elders also reached out to some NEC members of FUTO Alumni Association, to which no prior contrary views were expressed. It is therefore, a blatant display of rascality and sheer abuse of office for a few misguided NEC members of FAA to issue such embarrassing and ill informed publication to cast aspersions on the good intentions of the Alumni Elders,” the statement also read.
The Elders’ Council warned stakeholders against going to the Press to embarrass the association over issues they lack the right and complete information to address.