An 80-year old ex-soldier, retired Lt. Col. Aderemi Olayiwola Adebolu, was among the 928 students who graduated from the Lead City University, Ibadan on Tuesday. The immediate past Commissioner for Lands and Housing in Oyo State, Mr Isaac Omodewu, was aming the graduands.
Adebolu who graduated with Second Class division in Law, described his achievement as a dream come true. He vowed to attend the Law School and practise thereafter.
Addressing the 928 graduates who bagged various degrees and diploma,
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Kabiru Afolabi, urged the fresh graduates to be good ambassadors of the institution and also create jobs having received thorough training in entrepreneurship education.
He disclosed that some new degree programmes have been recently approved and accredited by the Nigerian Universities Commission for the university. The new programmes include engineering and medicine.
“All the new programmes have received full accreditation for immediate take-off. We now have 65 programmes approved and accredited by the NUC,” he said.
According to him, 757 obtained first degree while 171 bagged post graduates degrees and diplomas. A total of 53 graduands made first class. Thirty of them are female while 23 are male.
The two best students were offered automatic scholarship for their Master’s degree at the institution.
The Orangun of Oke-Ila, Oba Adedokun Abolurin and Dr Kayode Dipeolu, the Special Adviser to the president of economic matters, were honoured with doctorate degrees.
Oba Abolarin advised the graduands to set their heart on great dreams, saying nothing is impossible.
He said: “I am always excited to be in the midst of my future which many of us here won’t be part of due to age. Nothing is impossible to achieve. Graduands, if you believe you will turn things around in Nigeria, it is doable.”
In his address, Dr Dipeolu advised the graduands to think more about what they can create using technology, stressing that the challenges facing Nigeria are opportunities to create businesses that would offer the needed solutions and bring the desired turnaround.