The governor of Ekiti State, Biodun Oyebanji, has emphasized the importance of universities in the nation producing graduates with the knowledge and outlook to take on the nation’s urgent issues head-on.
Oyebanji ordered universities to give priority to research projects that address the most pressing issues facing the country and generate graduates who can lead the way in developing sustainable development.
The governor delivered a speech on Saturday at the Federal University of Oye Ekiti’s eighth convocation ceremony. Out of the 6,563 graduates, 114 received first class honors, 2,762 received second class upper honors, 2,793 received second class lower honors, 688 received third class honors, 163 master’s degrees, 36 Ph.D. degrees, and seven postgraduate diplomas.
The university also conferred honorary doctorates on the Senate Leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (Doctor of Public Law); Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Solomon Adeola (Doctor of Accounting); and Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Navy, Yusuf Gagdi (Doctor of Political Science).
Oyebanji urged universities to revamp their curricula to emphasize critical thinking, creativity, and entrepreneurship that could provide solutions to the problems of this country.
Speaking further, the governor hailed FUOYE for its numerous achievements within a short time, saying, “I have watched with keen interest the phenomenal growth of this university from 5,041 students to 51,000 in less than eight years, as well as the quality of scholarship in the institution.
He congratulated the graduands and charged them to take advantage of the training and learning they have acquired to contribute their quota to society, adding, “As a government, we will continue to collaborate with this institution, but I plead with you, sir, the university must put a lot of emphasis on research, we must produce solution providers, people that will help to solve the problem of this country.”
Bamidele, who spoke on behalf of the honorees, said the honorary degree conferred on them served as a testament to their dedication, achievement, and commitment to excellence in their respective fields.
Also speaking, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Abayomi Fasina, said that despite the institution’s achievements and infrastructure growth, “we are yet to attain the FUOYE of our dream, and we will not rest on our oars until that is done.
Fasina listed the vision of his administration in the next couple of years to include the construction of the Senate Building, the establishment of a Renewable Independent Power Station, and the construction of a Pavilion at the University Sports Centre as well as an academic building for lecturers’ offices.