Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II, has announced the institution of Alli Okunmade Prize Award for the best graduating student in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Basic Medicals and Health Sciences at Lead City University, Ibadan.
Oba Balogun made the announcement after he was conferred with a honourary doctorate degree (Doctor of Science, Public Administration) at the 16th convocation of the university, on Wednesday.
Olubadan, who spoke through his younger brother, Sen Kola Balogun, said the prize for the award would be N100,000, adding that the annual award would commence from the next convocation of the university.
“As a token of my appreciation and identification with this progressive, noble and forward- looking institution, I have decided, in consultation with my family members, that as from the next Convocation, an annual award to be known as Alli Okunmade Prize Award of ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND NAIRA only (N100,000.00) be instituted for the best graduating student in the Department of Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Basic Medicals and Health Sciences in the University,” he said.
Olubadan thanked the governing council and the management of the university for the great honour, stressing that it is a thing of note that the institution has made giant strides in its few years of existence.
“There is no doubting the fact that our land, Ibadan has immensely benefitted from the giant strides in terms of growth and development for which we shall eternally remain grateful.
“In like manner, I must acknowledge the entrepreneurial wizardry of the visioner of the university and his steadfastness, persistence, eyes on goal and the spirit of I can do with which he’s been forging ahead.
“I’m not unaware of some of the challenges faced a couple of years ago, yet, he remained focused and undaunted and today, we can say to God be the glory. He is a model worthy of emulation and I throw a challenge to Nigerians, wherever they may be to tap from the I can do spirit with which the success story of the university is being told. Where there is will, there is a way. I foresee a greater future for the University, please keep up the good work,” the monarch stated.