OOU Convocation: Governor Abiodun tasks Universities on innovations - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, January 31, 2022

OOU Convocation: Governor Abiodun tasks Universities on innovations

.....offers automatic jobs, cash gifts  to two best graduating students

Peter Adedoyin

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Monday tasked tertiary institutions in the country to use research and innovation to inspire practical and lasting solutions to the myriad of challenges facing humanity.

Governor Abiodun who gave the task at the combined 30th and 31st Convocation of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, announced automatic employments and N1 million cash gift awards as the state government's token of rewards for their academic excellence for two best graduating students.

He said, solutions should be sought for local challenges by different universities in the country, stressing that there was need to encourage and cultivate culture of innovation, ingenuity and technology amongst the youths.

The beneficiary - graudands are Iloka Peter Ebuka of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Awolumate Adebisi Fatima of the Faculty of Agricultural economics.

Iloka scored Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate(CGPA) of 4.92 to emerge the overall best graduating student for 2020/2021 academic session while Awolumate Adebisi Fatima of the department of  Cooperative Management and Rural Development emerged overall best graduating student for 2019/2020 session with 4.86 CGPA.

Abiodun noted that "as the first university in the State, OOU must lead the way in sustaining our heritage in the production of human resource for the development of our nation and the world".

"The outbreak of Covid-19 has further reinforced the need to strengthen our universities' capacity for research, because as prime centres of learning, universities should inspire practical solutions to society's most pressing economic, technological and medical challenges. Universities of the 21st century must embrace ingenuity and innovation to surmount the challenges that confront them".

"As a University, you are expected to continue to look out for strategic global partners and build networks and synergies that promote sustainable global development. Be dynamic in your interface and response as the environment continues to depend on the capacity of the university in meeting new challenges. You are all expected to use your collective wisdom, knowledge, ability and exposure to sustain and promote the ideals of this great institution".

The governor who congratulated the graduands on their successes, urged them to persevere in life and avoid temptation to use short cut, saying it leads one to nowhere of worth.

He also also urged the youth, particularly students, to emulate the best graduating students in learning and character of diligence and hardwork.

"It is a thing of joy to see OOU growing in leaps and bounds. This is a University that started with just a little over 500 pioneer students in January, 1983. The first convocation ceremony was on Friday, 30th January, 1987 with 285 graduating students", the governor said. 

"Today, a University that was established mainly to provide university education for the teeming youth of Ogun State, Olabisi Onabanjo University, has grown to become one of the most sought-after Universities by prospective students in the nation today graduating over 12,000". 

Governor Abiodun said,  "OOU is ranked 4th amongst state universities and 17th amongst over 200 others universities in the country", urging the management of the institution not to rest on their oars until it attains the top position.

"I commend the University Management for creative revenue generation and prudent management of the resources of the Institution. I assure you that government will continue, within its available resources, to support you". 

"I am happy to note and congratulate OOU as one of our few tertiary Institutions that did not have any serious crisis that would warrant critical intervention by the State government since we came on board in 2019".

"Very soon, we will formally launch the Ogun State Education Trust Fund to provide sustainable streams for infrastructural and all other funding requirements for all levels of education in the State".

"For OOU and the immediate environment, the re-award of the contract for the construction/completion of the Ilishan-Ago Iwoye road is another demonstration of our commitment to improve on physical infrastructure in this area. We believe that this road will".

"A your Visitor, my commitment to providing the right ambience for research, teaching and learning is total. In this regard, I have just facilitated the provision of a 1,600 bed hostel for OOU. This is yet another initiative of your government to provide a wholesome and awesome university education experience for our students".

Giving his account of his stewardship, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof Ganiyu Olatunde, who was rounding off his tenure, highlighted some of the achievements since he assumed office..

He said a sum of over  N20 milion has been expended on scholarship for 446 indigent  stud ets in the last four sessions.

He also said the university has witnesses significant growth and development in its operational and administrative sectors .

He said " discipline is a major focus of  this administration and it had been integrated as a culture . We ensured that our students are well behaved and recently dressed by enforcing dress code that enhanced the moral standard in this great institution".

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