–      Distances Self From Dissident Group

The Alumni Association of the Imo State University, IMSU, Owerri under the leadership of Barr Okey Ozumba, as President held it’s 6th Annual General Meeting at Golden Tulip Hotels, Yenogoa, Bayelsa State, from August, 10 to August 14, 2023.

The Annual General Meeting and Convention, with the theme, “THE INSTITUTIONAL ROLE OF ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS IN OUR SOCIO-CULTURAL EDUCATIONALISM: A TOOL FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT” was presided over by the Chairman, Board of Trustees of IMSUAA, Barr Chinwe Mbakwem, while over 200 Alumni members from the 9 registered chapters of the Association were in attendance.

The Association also paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman, Bayelsa State Council of Traditional Rulers, King Bubaraye Dakolo JP, where the theme of the convention set the tone of the discussion, as well as the Convention lecture that was delivered by Prof Akachi Cornelius Odoemena, an alumunus of Imo State University, Owerri.

A communiqué issued at the end of the AGM meeting, which was signed by the Chairman Board of Trustees, Barr Chinwe Mbakwem and Secretary General IK Ogbonna indicate that far reaching resolutions were made as follows:

IMSUAA, “commends and appreciates the Local Organising Committee (LOC (, National Convention Planning Committee (NCPC) for a job well done as well as the Bayelsa State (Gunshot) Chapter for hosting the convention.

“Appreciates the Bayelsa State Government for the peace & progress recorded in the State and for appointing our member, Hon. Tonyon Ebitei as Commissioner for Power. 

Strongly condemns in totality, the criminal activity going on in our Alma mater, the Imo State University, Owerri, whereby some members of the University management in active connivance with a band of renegades (who are no longer members of IMSUAA), criminally exploiting and extorting N5,000 from every graduating student of the institution, under the guise of “Alumni levy”  in the name IMSUAA and sharing the money amongst themselves without the knowledge of the Imo State University Pro-Chancellor, the Visitor to the University and the unsuspecting public.

The Imo State Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma, (in his capacity as Visitor to the University & Grand Patron of IMSUAA) and the Pro-Chancellor of the Imo State University Owerri are enjoined to immediately institute a forensic audit of the Alumni levy collection and disbursement from its inception till date and put a stop to the apparent criminality going in that space, to serve as a deterrent to other impostors as well as restore the dignity of the University and the integrity of IMSUAA.

Disassociates herself and members of the IMSU ALUMNI from the so-called CONVENTION being planned by the “GLOBAL IMSU GRADUATES” in an attempt to pass off as the Imo State University Alumni to unsuspecting members of the public. The promoters of the said convention are expelled members of IMSUAA  who were pilloried for financial malfeasance and for illegally collecting and sharing Alumni levy from graduating students in the name of  IMSUAA without the authorisation of  IMSUAA BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

Mandates NEC to use all lawful means to stop the criminal enterprise ongoing in the University with reference to the collection and disbursement of the “Alumni Dues”.

Encourages the Imo State Government and her officials and  Management of the Imo State University and the general public to stay away from such illegal activity/Convention as the IMSUAA Board of Trustees has not authorised the holding of any such convention in the name of IMSU Alumni having obtained a subsisting Court Order (Suit No. HOW/931/2021 The Incorporated Trustees Of Imo State University Alumni & 2 ORS V. Prince Ferdinand Akano & Dr Anayo Uhiara) restraining Ferdinand Akano, Dr Anayo Uhiara, their agents and privies or anyone acting on their behalf from holding any convention in the name of IMSU Alumni. 

Mandates NEC to reopen a channel of communication with the University Management to strengthen the partnership between the Alumni and the University with a view to facilitating the growth of the institution. 

Implores all members of IMSUAA to take ownership of the association through proactive participation and financial contributions to the IMSU Alumni and our Alma Mater.

Awarded Abia State Chapter of IMSUAA the hosting right for the 2024 Convention/AGM”.