By Dayo Adesulu
It was double joy for the president and the management of the Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu (OUI), Osun State, when the institution held its 4th convocation ceremony. Two days before the convocation, the National University Commission had approved M.Sc and postgraduate programmes for the institution in Accounting, Business Administration and MBA programme.
When the president of the institution, Dr. Ramon Adedoyin announced to the capacity filled hall of the institution, it was jubilation galore, especially among the 293 graduates from the two colleges of Management and Social Sciences and the AdedoyiCollege of Science and Technology.
The institution had cause to celebrate, though now fully licensed as a private university, OUI was granted provisional operational license by the Federal Government of Nigeria on 3rd November 2009 and the academic work started in full swing on January 10 2010 with two colleges, including the College of Natural and Applied Science now Ramon Adedoyin College of Science and Technology and the College of Management and Social Sciences, and eight years on, it has become a success story. As at today, all the courses in the institution have been accredited by the NUC.
With a total student population of 4000, the institution will soon expand its programmes to include Law, Education, Theatre Arts, Nursing and Basic Medical Sciences.
At the ceremony were, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja III, the Pro-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Muibi Opeloye, among others.
Senator Iyiola Omisore, traditional rulers, vice chancellors from various university, officials from the National Universities Commission, captains of industry including Chief Alex Duduyemi, Former Ambassador Bamigbetan, former Lagos Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Chief John Odeyemi, representatives of different universities and other dignitaries.
The climax of the event was the presentation of prizes for the graduates, a graduate from the Mass Communication Department, Qadri Olatunji Olayinka who became an instant star when he went home with six prizes. He emerged the best graduating student with 4.96 Cumulative Grade Average Point.
According to Olatunji, attaining 4.96 CGPA was and act of God and hard work. He said his triangular movement while of the campus was probably a factor for attaining this feat.
Scoring 4.96 CGPA was not an easy task for Olatunji: ” I won’t lie to you, it was by hard work, the grace of God was there too. I stayed on the campus for the four years, it was always from the hostel to the class and from class to the library,” he said.
He said the materials in the studio and the library really helped him to attain the feat. “Look at the gigantic library we have, there are resources there,” , adding, “We have good studio here, I put what I was being taught in class to practice. I was the press President of the school, I was learning and working at the same time. So when you ask me what is journalism? It is what I do, when you ask me what is advertising? I practice advertising, I handle camera, I enjoy what I ‘m doing.”
While he would not admit that he was a bookworm, he insisted that he listened very well in the class and also did researches.
It was not easy for Olatunji the son of a civil servant ” it was no easy going through the rigor, I have other sibling in this institution.”
Though his desire to read law kept him at home for many years, but now he thinks differently, he has found out that there is no place mass communication graduate can not work.
The vice chancellor of the institution, Professor Chibuzo Nnate Nwoke admonished the students to be good ambassadors of the institution adding, “while we want you to be proud of your Bachelors (Honours)degree, you should do so with dignity and humility, knowing that you have merely been equipped with the basic tools to pursue further learning in the ultimate quest to build a better world.”
Breaking down the performance of the graduates, Nwoke said 29 came out with First Class Division; 175 were in Second Class Upper Division and the total number in Second Class Lower Division was 85 while 4 graduates fell into Third Class category.
Restating the commitment of the institution to quality education, Nwoke disclosed that the school exceeded the minimum staff strength required by the National Universities Commission. (NUC) in most of its programmes with good mix of professors, PhD and M.Sc. Holders as teaching staff.
The VC also disclosed that the institution’s library is one of the best around. With a seating capacity of 2000 users, it has the full complement of full e-library and information communication technology, ICT unit. “In addition to over 60, 000 volumes of books, journals and other periodicals, there are over 50,000 electronic resources available; regular subscription can be made to electronic and online databases, such as PROQUESt, EBRARY, JSTOR, OARE, HINARY, AGORA, National Virtual Library etc,” the VC said.
The president of the institution, Adedoyin said he would welcome private investors who are ready to build hostels in the institution to complement the existing ones being currently occupied by the students which the school built.
Stressing the need for good education, Adedoyin insisted that education is the bedrock of every society because ” it is an indispensable tool for the uplifting of humanity, advancement of every society and in adding values to our lives. Education is no more a mere luxury but a necessity for the transformation of all society in all ramifications.”
The Ooni while praising the president of he institution for his efforts in investing in education enjoined the to embrace consistency and be resolute. “You should clearly define your pathway, you should always ask yourself, what next? You are the one to shape your life. Whatever you want to become in life, the destiny is in your hands.
“We have some of you that will shape the future of this country, no short cut to success, you have to be focused, ” Ooni charged the graduating students.
At the convocation lecture which was held a day to the graduation ceremony, the human rights lawyer, who was the guest speaker, Mr Femi Falana could not hide his admiration for the institution . He particularly commended the institution for its its emphasis on the skill acquisition and advised the students to pay attention to skill acquisition because “There is no job out there.in view of the recession to which the economy has been subjected, the new graduates are going to be confronted with unemployment upon the completion of the national youth service.
“However, since this university has placed premium on vocational education, I’m convinced that this alumni and alumnae are sufficiently equipped to face the challenges and vicissitudes of life with courage and equanimity.
He said the transformation the school had gone through in the last five years was unprecedented . He promised to champion the cause of private universities so as to benefit from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).