American University of Nigeria, AUN, on Saturday, November 14, held its tenth annual Founder’s Day and special award ceremony to celebrate its achievements in the last ten years.
Speaking at the event, which took place at the Lamido Aliyu Musdafa Commencement Hall of the University, the Founder of AUN, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar, explained his decision to site the institution in Yola and expressed determination to ensure that AUN will continue to flourish.
“When we broke ground on this campus, our vision was to build a state-of-the-arts facility in a part of Nigeria that desperately needed a boost. When I look around now, I know that we are on the road to achieving this vision. I shall continue to do all that I can to ensure that the next 10 years of this University will be better than the last,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, the President of AUN, Dr. Margee Ensign reiterated the University’s commitment to empowering students with the necessary skills that would make them agents of change, who will proffer solutions to Africa’s many developmental problems.
“Our task is to empower our graduates with those skills of communication, critical skills, analysis, and leadership to make sure that change happens.
“When our Founder established AUN, the mission he chose for this University was very innovative. He wanted to be sure that this University would train its students to understand the problems confronting this country, this region, and this continent. He wanted to be sure that this University would help teach our students how to solve these problems and how to search for the common good.
“Part of our mission is to contribute to solutions: the need for jobs, literacy, better health, peace and conflict resolution, for the preservation of our environment, for honest government, for women’s education, and for computer skills,” said President Ensign.
The event also witnessed different categories of recognition, which saw the Vice Chairman of the AUN Board of Trustees, Dr. William Bertrand, receive the Founder’s Award, the Community Service Award went to Hajia Turai Kadir of the Community Outreach unit of the Atiku Center, while 10 other staff members of the University received outstanding service awards.
Members of the AUN Honor Society were also recognized for performing excellently in their respective courses of study as well as helping to carry out community service.
Also on Saturday, H.E. Atiku Abubakar commissioned an administration building built with containers, which he named after the Chairman of the AUN Board of Trustees, Mr. Akin Kekere-Ekun.
The ceremony was witnessed by H.E. Abubakar’s wife, Mrs. Titi Abubakar; the Governor of Adamawa State, Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla; members of the AUN Board; members of the AUN management team, and guests from other institutions of higher learning who were in AUN for the Founder’s Day celebration.
The building will house three departments: Finance, Human Resources & Planning, and Security & Safety departments.
By Cletus Ilomuanya