………Confers honorary degrees on two eminent Africans
Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State has turned out a total of 1,049 students at its eleventh convocation ceremony held at the weekend.
The graduating students which cut across the four colleges in the university had a total of 404 undergraduates, 533 direct entry students and 116 postgraduates.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Chancellor of the university, Alhaji Ahmed Joda said investing in the lives of the young ones is basically endorsing the bright future of the country. “At Bells University of Technology, we strongly believe that the future is bright and that these young ones are our positive contributions to making the society a better place.”
He added that the event is the culmination of years of striving to excel in both academic and character by the graduating students and their tutors. “Our graduating students have been drilled in the various arts and techniques that are needed for them to make the desired difference in their immediate and extended areas of influence which is the basis of education.
Saying that investment in education pays the best interest, he stated that if this is so and if the government sees it from this perspective, then private investors in tertiary education in Nigeria should be celebrated and accorded the desired recognition and support.
“I strongly believe that there should not be any dispute, misunderstanding or debate on the need for support by the government for these class of special Nigerians. There is no need for the argument that they believe in the future of Nigeria and are contributing their own indelible and positive quota to attaining it,” he explained.
The vice-chancellor, Prof. Jeremiah Ojediran in his speech said apart from the conscious efforts aimed at ensuring and maintaining the much desired high level quality of service delivery in the university, “we have decided to establish the quality assurance unit to oversee the issues related to the totality of our offerings.
“Also, in consciousness with directive from the National Universities Commission, NUC, the university he said had established a research and development unit under the office of the vice-chancellor.
“Research and Development in Nigerian universities is evolving in response to the changing needs of society and the need to create a positive future for higher education and the society.”
Ojediran said it is on this note that the university consider repositioning to be relevant and make significant contributions to national development through research that profoundly impact learning and preparing students for their future endeavours.
On collaborations, the VC said the university is at advanced stage of reactivating a working relationship and collaboration with the ICT University, Baton Rouge, USA, with the visit to the university by the president of the university. “The university is also considering a request for collaboration from the Binary University on a Dual/Joint Degree as well as staff/ student/curriculum exchange.
Congratulating the graduating students, the VC said the university is glad to release the agents of change to the world and “and we do that with all sense of responsibility, charging them to carry their candles and light the corner of the society, wherever they may find themselves.
“The light in you has been ignited; it is your responsibility to ensure that it keeps burning so much that others will come to you for illumination and warmth.”
He charged them not to forget their foundation and consciously choose only friends and colleagues who will help them achieve their goals and objectives.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Rev. Wilson Badejo in his address disclosed that the university within the fourteen years of its existence, has recorded remarkable achievements due to the unflinching support of the founding fathers and will continue on its strive in making landmark contributions to the sustainable development of education in Nigeria.
He told the graduating students that a bright future can only come if they strive to be better than the best. “You are stepping into a world full of challenges and you must learn to live in perfect harmony with the environment for you to succeed.”
Two eminent Nigerians were honoured with honorary degrees at the ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of Coleman Wires and Cables, Asiwaju Solomon Onafowokan and the convocation lecturer and former Director, Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, Prof. Patrick Lumumba.
The best graduating students was from the department of Economics, Aisha Temitope with Cumulative Grade Point of 4.95.
In her valedictory speech, the overwhelmed Aisha disclosed how from 100 level she began to build her CGPA. “100 level was one of the most serious years of my life, being young with nothing to cloud my mind, I focused all my efforts to build up strong foundation for the journey ahead.
“Second year made me realize that because you did it well the first time does not mean you are to rest or continue with your last approach. There’s always room for improvement and this mentality is essential so as to make one better,” she stated.
She said the third year was about her friends, being in company of people with a similar goal which was to succeed while in her final year she relaxed and was also stressed because this was the last lap.
Thanking the university management for the knowledge they impacted on her, she urge other graduating students to focus on providing solutions by being entrepreneurial at all times, for this is the greatest gift they have received from the university.