The Founder/President of Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola (SAN) at the weekend addressed new students of the university, giving them tips on how to succeed in the institution and in life generally.
The occassion was the annual Founder’s address that flags-off a new academic session.
The legal luminary revealed that his own success was hinged on determination, industry and honesty. While introducing the students to the ideals of excellence and accomplishments which he said ABUAD epitomises, Aare Babalola challenged them to imbibe those ideals in order to succeed in their academic pursuit and life after graduation.
He assured the students that every goal is attainable if they applied the three elements on which was planked the university anthem, stressing that he owed his phenomenal success to them. He also admonished them to keep the university’s rules and shun drug abuse and cultism.
The foremost educationist noted with pride that within a decade of its existence, ABUAD had drawn accolades and been adjudged the best private university in the country, not only on account of quality scholarship and learning facilities, but also the numerous academic achievements and laurels especially by its graduates and students both in industry-based and external examinations.
He recalled that ABUAD law graduates swept 24 out of the 46 available academic distinction prizes at the last Bar examination, with one of them emerging the overall best student.
The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Elisabeta Smaranda Olarinde, reiterated the founder’s warning to the students to abstain from drugs, cultism and other illegal acts, stressing: “Here, we have zero tolerance for drugs, we have zero tolerance for cultism. Avoid bad company!”
The Chief Executive of ABUAD Enterprises, Yeye Aare Babalola, assured the new students that management and staff would ensure rhat their stay on campus was comfortable and conducive for learning. She urged them to freely approach her or any senior officials if they have any problem.