BY EMMANUEL EDUKUGHO
GRADUATING students of Bells University of Technology, Ota, have been charged to be bold and courageous as they “go into the world of great challenges and cut-throat rivalries.’’
Professor Isaac Adebayo Adeyemi, the Vice-Chancellor told the new graduates inhis address delivered at the Third Convocation ceremony last Saturday that the institution has full confidence in their ability to keep the flag flying at full mast. He expressed confidence also in their ability to play the role of the good ambassador of their Alma Mater.
“By your professional calling and academic training, you have become assets and marketable commodities to the Nigerian nation. So, go therefore and exhibit your talents, your ingenuity and your creativity, garnered over the years, in the course of your study here at Bells University of Technology, Ota.“
With a modest number of 14 in the First Convocation to a total of 251 in the Third Convocation, the University witnessed considerable progress.
A break down of the classes and number of graduands showed:
•First Class – 19
• Second Class Upper – 90
•Second Class Lower – 104
•Third Class – 38
This year’s ceremony, well attended by friends, well wishers, parents, family members, students, top government officials, faculty and staff, marked the graduation of the first set of students from the College of Management Sciences.
On Academic Matters, he said that the institution prides itself as the First Private University of Technology in Nigeria, having been graduated operational licence on 9th June, 2005 and commenced operations on 1st July, of the same year.
From an initial three colleges, the university has grown to having six colleges since 2009. The population of students has grown from 51 at inception in 2005, to 1,481 at the end of 2010/2011 academic year.
During the year, programmes in the College of Management Sciences (COLMANS) including Applied Mathematics with Statistics in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences were successfully accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
Currently, NUC had given full accreditation to the following programmes — Industrial Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physics with Electronics, Food Technology, Biotechnology, Computer Science and Information Technology. None of the programames has been denied accreditation.
Adeyemi disclosed that for the two new colleges of Engineering and Environmental Sciences the programmes will soon be ripe for accreditation having passed the Resource Verification exercise before the commencement of the programmes.
On Infrastructural Facilities, he said there has been a steady improvement in the required facilities on campus through the renovation of inherited structures and the provision of new ones. The two new Halls of Residence have been completed and occupied, whle there are two banking facilities on campus, an additional cafeteria donated by the Parents Forum is nearing completion and an extension of the University Clinic would commence soon.
One of the major challenges as a university of Technology is the capital intensive nature of the programmes, which calls for massive injection of funds. Such injection of fund cannot be carried by the promoters alone, hence “there is the dire need for wishes amd stakeholders to partner with us in achieving our lofty aims and goals,”Adeyemi solicited.
Doctor of Science Degrees (Honoris Causa) were awarded to Profesor Tekena Nitonye Tamuno in recognition of his intellectual contributions to the development of humanity, Alhaji Aliko Dangote in recognition of his contributions to the entrepreneurial and socio-economic development of Africa, and Hon. Carlton A. Masters in recognition of his contributions to the socio-political and economic development of Africa and the Carribean.
About 18 universities delivered good will messages at the convocation ceremony represented by their Vice-Chancellors or deputies including the Secretary General of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) a representatives of the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC).