The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos state, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu; and the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; were among dignitaries who rekindled the hopes of fresh graduates on Sunday, 6th September, 2015 as the Adeleke University, Ede conferred on the former Governor, an honourary degree.
This was just as Tinubu described as a welfarist, Governor of Osun State whom he said has immeasurable love for his people.
Tinubu after he was conferred with a Honorary Doctorate degree in Political Science and Diplomacy by the University said Aregbesola is one of the most outstanding governors in Nigeria who has impacted positively in the lives of the Osun masses.
The former governor of Lagos State stressed that Aregbesola has distinguished himself as a patriotic governor whose people’s welfare takes priority in all his government policies and programmes.
Tinubu who was decorated as the pioneer recipient of the institution’s honorary award expressed his profound gratitude to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the university, Dr. Adedeji Adeleke as well as other Adeleke family members for counting him worthy of the honorary PhD.
He described the award as a challenge for him to be more dedicated and committed to growth and development of education not only in Nigeria but in the world.
Tinubu averred that the Adelekes have demonstrated to Nigerians and the world essence of education as the bedrock of development that can contribute to nation building and development.”It is sincerely a great honour for me to be the first and pioneer honorary award recipient at this maiden convocation ceremony of Adeleke University alongside with the first graduates of this great institution.
“The Adeleke dynasty has shown more interest in education and this has contributed tremendously to the education sector in Nigeria and entire world as thousands of helpless minds have been educated through different academics scholarship sponsored by the family.
“The Adeleke family has reduced the rate of ignorance, poverty and destitution through their various academic programmes and life ameliorating gestures which have complemented the policies of the state government most especially on education sector”, he said.
Advising the graduating students, he noted that education is the greatest weapon against poverty, urging them to employ everything positive at their disposal for the development of their different professions as they move into the competitive world.
Tinubu also charged them to demonstrate high sense of patriotism, honesty and fairness in their future career as parts of the virtues being learnt at the university.
“Education is the greatest weapon against poverty, but it is not glorious for one to succeed and excell unless such individual is committed and determined because the road to success most times are hard, tough and thorny”, Tinubu stated.
In his remarks, Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola congratulated the management of the institution for being upright and focused in the last four years of the institution’s existence.
Governor Aregbesola said it is rare in the face of proliferation of sub-standard education institutions in Nigeria to have a worthy academic ambassadors like the management of Adeleke University who are strongly committed to changing the space of knowledge in the country without any form of discrimination.
Governor Aregbesola urged the graduands to be good ambassadors of their various communities, states, Nigeria and the entire world, stressing that they should continue to showcase to the world the virtues of patriotism, love, peace, professionalism and nationalism in all their endeavours.
Congratulating the awardees, Governor Aregbesola described them as round pegs in round holes, adding that they all deserved their respective awards as being conferred upon them by the institution.
Addressing the gathering, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Oluwole Amusan, said that 11 of the graduating students of the university finished with First class honours.
Prof. Amusan said 80 students made Second Class, Upper Division; 33 made Second Class, Lower Division while only one student graduated with a Third Class.
“We have never had a chancellor since the creation of this institution about four years ago, but I am very happy today that the first chancellor of the university had been conferred and installed”, he said.
Those conferred with honorary degrees alongside with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu were: former Chief Judge of Nigeria, Justice Alfa Belgore (retd) who was conferred with honorary Doctorate Degree on Jurisprudence; Senator Isiaka Adeleke was conferred and installed as the pioneer Chancellor of the institution; while business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote was also conferred with honorary doctorate degree.
The Vice-Chancellor also said that all the 13 programmes run by the university have been accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC)