Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Okada, (IUO) has advised graduating students of the university to work hard to fast-track the country’s development.
Igbinedion gave the advice during the 18th Convocation of the university in Okada on Saturday.
“I congratulate all graduating students of this university, I commend your spirit of perseverance and I urge you to go out there and improve on the country’s development.
“I urge you to be employers of labour and make this great university proud,” he said.
Igbinedion said that the university was among few universities in the country with uninterrupted power supply, adding that this had positively affected the performance of the students.
Also speaking, Dr (Mrs) Ajoritsedere Awosika, the Chairman of Access Bank Plc., implored the graduating students to take a cue from Igbinedion, the chancellor of the university, who nurtured the university to a first-rate institution.
“I implore you as tomorrow and future leaders to emulate the likes of Chief Igbinedion, Warren Buffet, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg.
“To do that, you have to start something or join in building the system.
“You were able to attend Igbinedion University because someone started it.
“Start that course, start that project, start that business, learn that skill, reskill and go for it,” Awosika said.
Prof. Sheikh Abdullah, the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of IUO, congratulated parents and guardians, who toiled day and night to see their children through the university.
“Going forward, permit me to announce that the university has since commenced the expansion of its facilities and capacities to accommodate more students for quality and competitive education,” he said.
Sheikh said that the university enrolled students from the 36 states of the federation.
He said the university was escalating its drive for excellence with the desire to extend the frontiers of knowledge in a globalised economy.
Earlier, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, the Vice Chancellor of IUO, said that university had since inception graduated over 15,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.
“At this convocation ceremony, another batch of 611 students, comprising 553 undergraduates and 58 post-graduate students will be added to the list.
“They spread across the seven colleges of the university; of this number, 16 students graduated with First Class,177 with Second Class Upper and 241 with Second Class Lower divisions,” he said.
According to him, IUO graduates are the testament of the university’s quality educational service delivery, apart from recording numerous firsts in various disciplines.
He said that a First Class law graduate of the university, Prof. Sunday Olawuyi, also made First Class at the Law School and had become the first graduate from a private university to become Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).