The Association of Esan professionals (AEP) was founded in February, 2001 by a group of very vibrant young Esan men and women in Lagos who had worked to the top of the ladder in their various careers and professions. The vision of these men and women was the evolvement of an umbrella body of professionals with the common objective of serving as a forum for intellectual exchange of ideas aimed at meeting the developmental needs of Esan people and Esan Land. From its inception, our Association has been driven by the sole objective to provide a common platform for all Esan professionals to contribute their quota to the socio-economic and cultural development of Esan people.
Since then we have had cause to intervene in several spheres of the lives of our Esan people. After the Education summit we held in 2010, it dawned on us, that there was the urgent need for all stake holders to partner and collaborate to develop education in Esanland. Towards this, the AEP on its part, adopted a number of measures, and these include the establishment of a special purpose vehicle - the AEP Education Foundation Trust Fund, to enable us intervene, in a structured and sustainable manner, in the promotion and development of education in Esanland.
We are convinced that the only way to ensure that Esan people remain relevant in the ever changing world is to evolve enduring strategy for the education of its sons and daughters from generation to generation. Such education must necessarily be relevant to the changing circumstance of the human society and cultural dynamics to enable our people remain competitive among themselves and with the rest of the world.
We had used the intervening period after the Education Summit in 2010, to initiate and plan on the shape of things to come. We are here today to formally launch and inaugurate the Board of AEP Education Foundation Trust Fund, made up of tried and tested Esan Professionals; who have graciously agreed to serve on the Board.
We intend to leverage the experiences, expertise and goodwill of these men and woman of distinction, to grow the activities of the Fund. It is hoped that they will use their wealth of experiences to further give general direction on how best to mobilise resources into the Fund, but more importantly, its utilisation, to achieve the desired aims and objectives.