Dr Deji Adeleke, the younger brother of Late Sen. Isiaka Adeleke, has called on young Nigerians not to be discouraged with happening in the country, asking them to take charge, describing them as hope of the future who would bring about the necessary changes the county needs.
Adeleke made the call while addressing graduates and postgraduate students of the Adeleke University during the university’s 5th undergraduate and 1st postgraduate convocation ceremony held in Ede, Osun.
The elder brother of Sen. Ademola Adeleke and also the founder of the university, said the future of the country belongs to the young generation, asking them to be determined, honest, hardworking wherever they find themselves.
“I have the believe that Nigeria will be great and I want to tell you (graduands) not to be discouraged even though the situation in the country looks bad.
“What I want to tell you is be determined, be honest and be hardworking.
“Be a good ambassadors of this institution and apply all you have learnt in this institution out there in the open world.
“Always be honest and hardworking where ever you find yourself, and your honesty would give you recognition and stand you out among your peers.” he said
Prof. Samuel Alao, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, during his speech at convocation ceremony, disclosed that a total of 330 graduands from six faculties were being awarded by the institution.
Aloa said the best graduating undergraduate student was Miss Rita Oluwadarasimi from Mass Communication Department, with a CGPA of 4.48, while Pastor Emurotu Eriabome bagged the best postgraduate student with a CGPA of 4.93 from Religious Studies Department.
He gave the breakdown of the awards given to the graduands to include; 15 First Class, 175 Second Class Upper, 126 Second Class Lower, 5 Third Class and nine Masters and Post Graduate Diplomas.
He congratulated all the graduands, saying their set was unique, being the first time the institution was producing candidates for Masters Degree and Post Graduate Diplomas through it’s College of Postgraduate Studies.
He also said the school Faculties of Law, Engineering and Department of Health Information Management was also producing it’s first set of graduands.
Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), in his own remarks at the occasion, congratulated Adeleke for establishing a world class university.
Rasheed also commended him for investing in education and giving scholarship to indigent students who would not have had the opportunity of learning in the four walls of a university
He likened Adeleke to Thomas Jefferson of America, who is a great believer in education , saying those given opportunity to study to become doctors, lawyers, engineers etc, would be the ones to build and develop Nigeria in the nearest future.
He said the university would be an enduring legacy of Adeleke, urging him not to relent, but invest more in human building capital.