By Shamsiyya Mijinyawa
Aliyu Musdafa College Yola alumni, referred to as Aliyu Musdafa Old Students’ Association (AMOSA), the most organised alumni in Adamawa state, Northeast Nigeria and one of the most formidable in the country has got new leadership after 25 years.
The new executive members emerged in a free, fair and credible election conducted in the school premises on Saturday, April 3, 2021.
According to the AMOSA new Legal Adviser, Hajiya Asmau Aliyu Musdafa, going by the AMOSA constitution that begged for amendment, the tenure of elected officials was two years. They could be re-elected for another and final tenure of two years if their conduct was certified and their leadership not crucified.
AMOSA’s Asma’u revealed that consideration for the amendment to have the elected officials serve for a single tenure of four years was made.
Asma’u, though would not explain why the previous leadership served rather uninterrupted for twenty-five years when they should have served for a maximum of just four years in two tenures said the present leadership would not go against the AMOSA constitution; would not go beyond four years within which they would accomplish what they articulated as their blueprint, as their roadmap
Below is the list of the AMOSA new executive members:
1.Abubakar Bobboi President
2.Sunday Stephen 1st Vice
3.Abubakar Modibbo 2nd vice
4.Zainab A.Yakubu Sec.Gen.
5.Abubakar Sadik M.Asst Sec.Gen.
6.Ruqayya Chumaro Treasurer.
7.Jamila Isa Mubi Financial Sec.
8.Aliyu Dahiru Asst.Financial Sec.
9.Aminu Umar P.R.O
10.Ibrahim Umar Babayi Asst.P.R.O
11.Ishaqa Aliyu Musdafa Social Secretary.
12.Asmau Aliyu Musdafa Legal Adviser.
13.Aisha Dayib Asst.Legal Adviser.
14.Nuhu Abdullahi Auditor I.
15.Mohammed Abubakar Auditor II
16.Halilu H.Malabu Ex-Officio
17.Alfa Abana Ex-Officio
18.Labaran Jalingo Ex-Officio
19.Aliyu Hamidu Alkali Ex-Officio
20.Hon.Jika Musdafa Ex-Officio
In his inaugural speech during the swearing-in, immediately after the election, the new president, Mr. Abubakar Bobbi said they have the onerous task of improving what they have inherited based on the manifesto that moved fir their mandate.
Below is the new president’s full text of speech:
Distinguished AMOSA Members,
My name is Abubakar Bobboi.
I am a proud member of the Class of 1989 and have the honor and privilege of serving as the President of AMOSA.
On behalf of all the newly elected EXCO, it is my great pleasure to be elected to lead this cherished Association out of the many illustrious and highly accomplished members of our great Association.
Let me start by acknowledging our own Electoral Committee especially the Chairman for doing the creativity in the conduct of our first-ever election in 25 years using a mixed method of voting!
The election has come and gone, and now is the time for us to face the real task of moving our AMOSA to a higher level of performance.
The challenge facing us as a body is intimidating but not impossible and I intend to, along with my team, head-on tackle them, for that is the only way we can truly be justified of your sacred mandate.
AMOSA has a unique identity of being a leading alumni in this part of the country and I shall not fail to uphold the noble objectives of this Association in this regard.
Having all been key beneficiaries of the greatness of AMOSA, it should be our attempt to continue to give back, out of the abundance that this respected School has given us, in a way that will strengthen our impact and relevance to this School as we work to restore the greatness of our School.
Before the election, I listed out five (5) broad priority areas my team and Intend to focus on. I will re-cap them here:
1. Review the AMOSA Constitution to stand the test of time.
2. Expanded/enhanced mentorship, sponsorship, and scholarship program for students.
3. Infrastructural intervention (library and laboratory supplies/equipment support).
4. Welfare programs for all deserving members – health, death, and other schemes.
5. Sustained Membership base expansion.
The team will commence work immediately on these priority areas and will share with you in the coming days a comprehensive implementation package.
Those of you who have had the opportunity of touring the premises of the School yesterday would have noticed that the level of decay of the School’s infrastructure is overwhelming despite recent intervention works.
This tour has reinforced the need for us to collaborate strongly with the relevant authorities for urgent intervention and to network closely with our friends in the corporate world and donor organizations for assistance.
What is clear to us is that our current system of funding this Association is not sustainable, if we are going to comfortably achieve and maintain our agendas, we must begin to think strategically about a sort of self-sustaining initiative. We must begin to think now!
Under these noble objectives, our mission is to make our modest contribution to restore and preserve the greatness of our great School.
This should be our sincere pledge. It is the very least we can do for this great school that has given us first, an exceptional education, and then the privilege of being part of a family that others envy.
For those of us who have done well for ourselves; let us further exemplify in our character the value of generosity and kindness that should remind us that when we are successful, we should look back with a reaching arm and pull up our brothers and sisters.
I would like to thank the Immediate Past President, Alhaji Dr. Ahmed Dada, for his leadership over these past years.
I would also like to similarly thank the other EXCO that worked with him for their services to the Association for leaving very positive footprints in our journey thus far.
Thank you and look forward to working with you all.