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Aregbesola, Alakija want varsities to lead devt initiatives

By Gbenga Olarinoye

Osogbo—Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has called on Nigerian universities to make their impact felt in the society just as he charged them to produce graduates with good moral values.

Aregbesola, stated this yesterday in Osogbo while speaking as the Visitor to Osun State University during the 10th year anniversary and 6th convocation of the university in Osogbo.

The governor said any academic activity without instilling good character in the learner will eventually spell doom for the society in the future.

He described all the negative happenings in the country as a result of learning without character, stressing that the extent of harm a knowledgeable person without character can wreck can only be imagined.


Earlier in her address, the Chancellor of the university, Dr. Mrs Folorunso Alakija, expressed delight over the transformation the university was going through under the leadership of Aregbesola.

The Chancellor, who promised to build a state of the arts paediatric hospital for the university, called on the all stakeholders to support the institution in chatting a new course with a view to attaining greater height.

In his remark, the Pro-Chancellor and chairman governing council of the University, Mallam Yusuf Alli, SAN, said the ten years of existence of the university was a period of preparation and now is the time for consolidation.

According to the legal luminary, the university needs to cultivate in its students exemplary and exceptional leadership, academic excellence, scholarship and best international practices.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof Labode Popoola in his address said the university has made tremendous progress as it develops, saying the institution has made provision for thousands of student.

According to Prof Popoola, the ten year old university has graduated six thousand four hundred and ninety three (6,493) students.

Highpoint of the occasion was the awards of honorary degrees of the university to the pioneer Pro Chancellors of the university, Prof Peter Okebukola, Honorary Degree of Doctor of Administration and Prof. Gabriel Olawoyin SAN, Honourary Degree of Doctor of Letters.


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