The President, Queen of Apostles Seminary (QAS) old boys association in Abuja and Northern Nigeria, Ephraim Stephen Essien has called on all alumni organizations across the country to pay more attention to fostering unity, love and peaceful co-existence among themselves as a veritable avenue to negotiate the welfare of members.
He also urged them to device means of being closer to their Alma mater in order to improve the state of infrastructure and enhance academic activities.
Essien, an Associate Professor of Philosophy, Ahmadu Bello University made the call on Sunday during the end-of-year and get together meeting of the ex-seminarians held in Abuja.
He appealed to members to always lend shoulder of help to each other irrespective of social status. “They should at all times irrespective of where they find themselves be humble enough to relate with and assist their brothers. Whether you are a minister or a high ranking government official or very influential in the society, you should show solidarity and love, that communion among us should always be there” he said.
While emphasizing that the aim of the gathering is to share ideas and show support, he stated that QAS old boys association has set up an endowment fund to roll out scholarship programs for the most brilliant students of the school up to university level.
The academic also revealed plans by the old boys association to construct a befitting secretariat at the premises of QAS in Abak that could serve as a meeting point to the alumni members.
In his comment, a member of the QAS old boys association, Barr. Aniefiok Ibah expressed gratitude to Queen of Apostles Seminary for grooming them and laying the proper foundation for them to become successful in life.
Ibah who is also the President Akwa Ibom Community in Abuja said such gathering will help them to promote unity and care among members.
He said that there are plans to renovate some of the buildings in the Alma mater that are in bad shape, furnish some of the classrooms, construct laboratories and improve the road network to boost academic activities.
Earlier, the guest lecturer at the event, Rev. Father Idara Otu called on members to shun revenge and old pains inflicted on them by each other.
The cleric urged them to do away with negative memories and put on the spirit of forgiveness to move the association to greater heights.
While expressing displeasure over the level of infrastructural decay across Nigeria, high poverty rate and the increasing number of people seeking greener pastures overseas, Fr. Otu called on QAS old boys association to set dreams for themselves as a group and put God first in all they do.
QAS is located in Abak local government area of Akwa Ibom state.
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