As the scheduled date for the Imo State University Alumni Association convention for 2021, billed for Abuja, draws near, the National President, Barr. Okey Ozumba has unveiled the mascot for the event.
Speech presented by the President of the Imo State University Alumni Association, Chief Okey Ozumba during the unveiling the mascot and theme for our 2021 National Convention.
You are welcome to the official unveiling of the mascot for our 2021 National Convention scheduled to hold between 16th to 18th of April 2021 in Abuja.
I must acknowledge the unwavering support of all well-meaning towards the continued success and progress of our Association. I plead with you to continue to support us towards the realization of our organizational goals and growth. There is no doubt that the reinvention and growth of our incorporated Imo State University Alumni Association shall be to the pride of every Imo Star. I reassure you on my commitment to make that happen within the period I am in office as your chief-servant.
As you all may know, the peacock is a bird that is closely associated with prosperity in many cultures of the world and the AK-47 rifle is more or less a symbol of security as well as terror. Our decision to use a peacock standing on an AK-47 rifle as our mascot is to correspond with our Convention’s theme; “Shared Prosperity as Panacea to the Malaise of Insecurity.”
As a responsible Alumni Association, we aim to explore the opportunity of our yearly conventions to discuss some of our State’s and nation’s most pressing problems and as well proffer practical solutions to these problems.
One of the problems that bedevils our country today is the malaise of insecurity, and it is not by mere coincidence that we are bringing in the mantra of “Shared Prosperity” into our Convention’s theme. As the foremost University Alumni Association in the State, we would always look for ways to promote noble ideals that spring from our State and market same to the world. It is our belief that poverty plays a major role in triggering crime and that when opportunities are advanced by governments and institutions for a greater number of the people to become more prosperous, insecurity will be drastically reduced.
Our keynote speaker at the occasion and other speakers at the convention shall do more to expatiate on this theme for the benefit of government, institutions and individuals.
We urge every member to assist the Central Organizing Committee and the various subcommittees set up for the success of this convention in ensuring that we have a very successful convention. We must remember that our pride as Stars is at stake, and we must not be OUTSHINED as Stars that we are.
I thank you all.