Nigerian graduates have been challenged to apply their professional fields to optimum use in their quest for being the nation’s future leaders.
Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi threw the challenge at the 24th graduation ceremony of the Ekiti State University, EKSU , Ado-Ekiti.
He described the ceremony as a moment of fulfilment, joy and a deep sense of accomplishment on the part of the state government,the university community,graduating students as well as a season of happiness and pride for the parents, relatives and friends who have been looking forward to seeing the day as a dream come through.
” The importance of fresh graduates to national development cannot be overemphasized. Nigeria, our country, is in dire need of good and young graduates who can appreciate the evolving challenges the nation as well as reasoning out of the box to tackle them, thereby making a lifetime difference”.
Dr Fayemi who is also the Visitor to the university asaid as a responsible government, the importance of education will continue to be on the front-burner of his administration, describing Ekiti as a people who love education because of the firm belief that it is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world. ” We prioritize Knowledge Economy as one of the five pillars of this Administration, not by happenstance but because we are convinced it is the surest key to socio-economic development”.
According to the governor, it is on this score that his administration ensures free and compulsory education in all the primary secondary schools in the state, adding that this is reinforced by offering Scholarships to students of Ekiti state origin in tertiary institutions across the country. ” In EKSU, we are committed to working in partnership with the University attain better ratings Among other universities”.
The governor gave an assurance that the government will continue to support the good initiatives and innovation put up by the university management , and would not renege on doing that which is considered best for the institution in every situation. He said the autonomy of the university in executing these will not be frustrated.
“We expect the concerned authorities to stand tall in all areas for the revitalization and revamping of Nigeria University System through innovative ideas and total quality management at all levels of its operations, beginning from and making Ekiti State University a reference point for other universities in Nigeria”.
The Pro- Chancellor and Chairman,Governing Council of the university, Prof. Bamitale Omole, remarked that since the inauguration of the council, a lot of efforts were directed towards the transformation of the institution which was in a pitiable condition in diverse areas of the university life. He explained that the institution is not out of the nauseating past yet, but there are on-going reforms both in the academic, administrative and bursary structures of the university that will eventually usher in changes that will make the school not only competitive, but a university that can hold its own in the comity of respected and reputable universities.
He appreciated the state governor for according the university top priority in the allocation and release of monthly subvention despite the state’s meagre resources caused by drastic shortfall in federal allocation, coupled with the negative effects of Covid-19 on the economies of national and sub-national bodies. ” There is no doubt that without the assistance from the state government, the situation of the university could have been worse”.
Prof. Omole, highlighted that within the last twenty-three months, a number of achievements have been recorded by the Council, while the welfare of staff and students will continue to receive necssary attention within the context of available resources in the university under his leadership. Chancellor of the University, and the 14th Emir of Kano,His Highness, Mohammad Sanusi, noted that “
“convocation provides the opportunity to reflect on previous achievements, the challenges being faced, prospects and strategies to be deployed for the realization of the set objectives and goals before us”.
The Emir commended efforts of the Governing Council under the helmsmanship of Prof. Bamitale Omole, expressing optimism that such commitment and dedication to the transformation of the have begun to manifest positively.
He reminded the graduating students that the journey of life for most of them have just begun. ” We look forward to seeing you make great strides and contribute your quota to the development of our nation”.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Edward Olanipekun, said the event was to mark and appreciate the hardwork and doggedness of the students who had distinguished themselves in the course of getting refined academically which would translate into being useful to the larger society.
Prof. Olanipekun stressed that the administration under his leadership will continue to discharge the basic responsibilities as a university upon which the foundation of teaching, research and community service is laid.
” These goals have been largely accomplished and have brought about an aggressive infrastructural development in the university”.
The 24th convocation ceremony was for the award of Diplomas, First Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Higher Degrees, an event that formalized the graduation of eleven thousand, four hundred and thirty-seven, comprising candidates from the university and its affiliate colleges.