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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Unilag Alumni Applauds The Buhari-led Administration At Providing A More Business-friendly Environment

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, in a handshake with Unilag Alumni President Dr. John Momoh, OON.

Recently, Dr. John Momoh, OON, The President of the Alumni Association of the widely-acclaimed University of First Choice and the Nation’s Pride, the University of Lagos, led a delegation to the State House where they were received by the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON.

In his speech, Dr. Momoh applauded the administration’s efforts at providing a more business-friendly environment and commended the bodies and reforms set up towards nurturing same. He however bewailed the apparent disconnect between policy discourse and problem-solving policy actions that hamper these efforts, urging government to be decisive and swift in resolving them. He also charged Government to improve on its body language to preserve the trust of its citizens and dispel the cynicism that inhibits citizen engagement and commitment. 

The Unilag Alumni President reinforced a recommendation earlier brought forward by his predecessor in office, the Olor’ogun Dr. Sonny Kuku, for a policy to drive the country’s Institutions of Higher Learning to harness their intellect and resources towards offering resourceful answers to the Nation’s challenges by way of inventions, breakthrough research and others, thereby reducing the burden on the Federal Government.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo,with Unilag Alumni President, Dr. John Momoh, and Immediate Past President of the Association, The Olor'ogun Dr. Sonny Kuku, OFR, FAS 

He reminded the VP that the challenge of accommodation for students persists on campus. He said the Alumni Association was planning to build a 500 -bed space hostel and invited the VP’s involvement both in his personal and official capacities.

On a festive note, he mentioned that the Alumni Association will mark its 50th anniversary in October and that a grand event was being planned to mark the occasion. He invited the VP as the Special Guest of Honour.

In conclusion, the Alumni President thanked the VP for his time and attention and reassured the Vice President of the support and contributions towards further developing the country. He also offered the prayers of the Association in these trying times for the Nation.

Responding to the submissions of the Alumni President, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, also an alumnus of the University of Lagos, expressed his appreciation for the visit. He commended the leadership of the Alumni for positioning the Association, such that it compared with the very best in the world. He applauded the representation from across the country and stated that he saw it as a testimony to Unilag Alumni’s forward–looking appeal. Describing Unilag an exemplar in diversity and a testament of the kind of phenomenon Nigeria yearns for.
The VP with Unilag Alumni President and members of the delegation

Speaking further, he stated that there were clearly many challenges, a few of which the Alumni President rightly pointed to. He condoled with Dr. Momoh, who is Chairman of the Broadcasting Network, Channels Organisation, on the tragic death of a Youth Corps member attached to the organisation, Precious Owolabi, and saw this as a pointer to some of the major challenges the country faces that are not insurmountable if all stakeholders work as one.

He called for Unilag Alumni to join in proffering solutions to some of these problems especially with respect to stabilising the country.   

On the subject of fostering a favourable business environment, he bewailed the quantum of inefficiency in the system and decried a situation where regulators saw themselves as just that, instead of as facilitators.  A focus of the administration, he said, will be to reorient the regulators so that they can see themselves as enablers and not just as regulators. He described government’s   attitude to job creators as tending towards seeing their taxes and fees reviewed favourably.

Dr. John Momoh decorating the Vice President with the Alumni crest

With respect to improving its body language, the Vice President responded that government will work on this.

On matters relating to the University of Lagos, he commended the Alumni Association for the initiative taken towards providing accommodation for students. Regarding funding for the University System, the VP believes that there is a need to revisit and proffer a very different pathway from what subsists as the Federal Government is unable to adequately fund universities. He hoped that Unilag will become a model of self-sufficiency to other Universities.   

The Vice President expressed his delight at the invitation to the 50th anniversary event and confirmed that he would grace the occasion.

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