A total of 215 out of the 1, 580 that graduated from the Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, at its 2018/2019 convocation came out with First Class degrees.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Aaron Atayero, disclosed this during the 14th Convocation ceremony and conferment of Honorary Doctorate Degrees, and Presentation of Prizes in Ota.
They comprised 215 first class honours, 668 second class upper honours, 415 second class lower, 9 in third class and 239 post graduate students.
Miss Ajia Motunrayo, a student, Department of Petroleum Engineering, College of Engineering, emerged the best graduating student with a Cumulative Grade Point Average ( CGPA) of 5.0.
This would be the first time that the institution would be attaining such feat, the closest being the 2016 convocation where master Winner Deji-Folutile from department of Architecture had 4.97.
Atayero noted that education was a powerful weapon which could be used to change the world and achieve sustainable economic growth especially in African continents.
” The institution is committed to supporting and encouraging research and development work aimed at providing innovative solutions to societal problems and enhancing the quality of life enunciated in the sustainable development goals.” he said.
The don said that Covenant University had continued to provide quality education by providing lifelong learning opportunities through granting public access to resources of the institution’s centre for learning resources.
Atayero also said that the institution’s curriculum was designed to raise a new generation of leaders who were spiritually and mentally equipped to restore the dignity of the black man.
Also speaking, Dr David Oyedepo, the Chancellor of the Institution, said there was the need for Nigeria and other African countries to properly fund education so as to achieve meaningful development.
Oyedepo stressed the need for Africa to build new nations by placing more priority on qualitative education.
“Until one is transformed through education, he or she cannot transform his environment, society or nation,” he said.
The chancellor noted that the only way Nigeria and others African countries could have equal right to great nation and not be second citizens was through investments in education.
In his keynote address, Dr Monisoye Afolabi, a former Director of Business Environment, USAID Trade Hub, Accra, Ghana, said that African continent which would have more population than China and India needed to take advantage of its population through investment in education.
Afolabi stressed the need for Africa to spend 30 per cent of their annual budget on education sector in order to ensure self-reliance.
“This is when education can take its rightful place in national development of Africa.” he said.
Prof.Abubakar Rasheed, the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commissions (NUC) said the commission would do everything possible to support the 173 universities in the country.
Rasheed also said the commission would support innovative and flexible programmes across the tertiary institutions.
The don however commended the Covenant University Excellent Performance and implementation of strategies designed by the commission for universities in Nigeria.