The management of the various educational institutions should view alumni associations as important stakeholders so as to be able to gain from the goodwill of a large number of successful ex-students. This was in a statement monitored on www.ngscholars.net, and made by the representative of the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, who said this in a keynote address at the Conference of Alumni Associations of Nigerian Universities (CAANU) meeting which took place at Igbinedion University, Okada, close to Benin City.

Alhaji Ibrahim Dan’iya, who represented the Executive Secretary, said this was important as the extent of the contribution of alumni depends on how he or she was treated while in school.

He went on to add that through this, the institutions would be able to benefit from the benevolence of a large number of its alumni, stressing that alumni associations were important stakeholders in all the processes that are geared towards bringing about viable change in the educational sector.

He also asserted that alumni member can volunteer their professional services for workshops and seminars about issues that can engender a change in the sector.

The CAANU National Chairman, Prof. Ahmed Mora, agreed that the topic of discussion was apt, particular as it concerns privately owned universities. He also stated that the reason by the conference was the need to provide a stimulus to all privately owned universities to boost the activities of the alumni associations.

The Vice Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Prof. EghosaOsaghae, while opening the conference, advised the alumni to come up with different ways of making the institutions they graduated from stronger.

He advised them to develop alumni groups where they could all give back to the various institutions they graduated from as their own little way of promoting their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).