President Buhari spoke on Saturday at the 32nd convocation ceremonies of the University of Ilorin. He further disclosed that he was aware of the numerous hardships confronting the people of nation and assured that “We would soon overcome the economic crises.”
Represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Nigerians
Universities Commission, Professor Chiedu Mafiana, congratulated the new graduands, their parents, guardians, relations and friends who have gathered to rejoice with them on the successful completion of their studies.
According to him, “Everyone, and indeed the nation, is proud of you
because your labour and the sacrifices of your sponsors and
benefactors over the years have not been in vain. When you are
successful in one area of your life, it often leads to success in
other areas. It is on this note that I urge you to put into practice
all the knowledge, expertise and skills you have acquired from the
University to guide you through your life endeavours.”
His words: “As you very well know, the country does not have the means to provide jobs for every graduate. While Government is committed to employment generation for the majority of our youths, you too must be determined to contribute your own quota by striving to engage in one form of productive activity or the other.
“You should be creative, innovative and strive to be self-reliant. You
must be determined to succeed in any task you set your hands upon. I therefore pray that as you go into the world to begin another phase in your life, may good luck attend your ways.
While commending the authority of the University of Ilorin for
academic excellence, President Buhari said: UNILORIN remains a source of pride and joy to the nation for maintaining a robust academic tradition and unbroken academic calendar for upwards of 16 years. This landmark achievement has proved that our Universities can carry out their legitimate activities without unnecessary and unacceptable interruptions.
“Let me quickly say that our dream to have world class Universities
and centres of excellence among the community of nations cannot be
realized if our Universities open and close their gates to students
at every whim. Our Universities must remain focused and committed to their tripartite functions of teaching, research and community service in order to justify the huge government investment on them. Universities are the leading lights of every society and ours cannot be different. The nation looks up to you to provide pragmatic solutions to the many problems of our society.”
In his goodwill message, the Executive Secretary of the NUC, Professor Rasheed Abubakar, expressed concerns over the face-off happening between unions and the managements of Universities which often result into strike actions. The NUC boss however noted that the growing tensions and animosities have made it very difficult for the commission deliver in its numerous mandates to the Universities across the nation urging them not to allow the education sector bastardized.
Meanwhile, the Convocation Speaker and former Vice Chancellor of the
University, Professor Shamsudeen Amali, admonished the graduands not
to lose hope in the promises of God to them in both hard and good
times even as he urged them to be job creators rather than being job
In another development, a doctoral degree graduand of the University of Ilorin, Dr. AbdulHafeez Adedimeji died yesterday morning few hours to the conferment of his certificate.
Adedimeji, a lecturer at the Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun state, who bagged Ph.D degree in Arabic was among the 166 doctoral degree students the University graduated on Saturday.
The Dean, Faculty of Post Graduate Studies, Prof. Badmas Olanrewaju Yusuf broke the sad news at the University’s auditorium.
In his address, the Vice- Chancellor of the University, Prof.
AbduGaniyu Ambali expressed delight that the first degree graduands of yesterday were largely from the Sciences noting that, “We cannot under estimate the significance of science in the development and transformation of human life and society.”
The VC further said: “The more scientists we have, the better
positioned we are to confront the numerous challenges of our life on
the surface of the earth. Sciences enable us to tame nature and the
development the world has witnessed in all areas of life are largely
results of scientific breakthroughs and discoveries.
“We also have the postgraduate graduands, who as experts in various disciplines, are expected to illuminate the path of scholarship and
excellence further with their qualifications.”