Buhari Urges Universities To Take Lead In Innovation


.As 75-Year-Old Man Bags Phd, Mother Of Four Emerges Overall Best Ph.D. Thesis At UNILAG Convocation

Tosin Adebayo

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerian universities to be innovative in tackling the myriad challenges facing education delivery in the country.

He held that “education remains most potent weapon for injecting hope in our youth and in our ability to negotiate a better quality of life for our people

“We need to change the way we do things in Nigeria. We need to change our attitude towards education if we desire genuine change and progress in our country. 

Buhari who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Dr. Chris Mayaki, made this known at the 3rd day of the convocation ceremonies of the University of Lagos.

He reiterated that “Only education, particularly the type of quality education produced in good universities can instigate rapid social, economic, scientific and technological changes needed to guarantee our march to the future with pride and confidence”.

He urged that “We cannot afford to be strangers in the new world being driven by education and technological advancements and as such “our universities must be in the forefront of generating and disseminating knowledge and innovations to ensure our country’s participation in the global knowledge society”

The Vice Chancellor of the school prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe in his welcome address said the institution has been able to actualize his 5-year agenda during his time as the Vice Chancellor and was particularly happy that UNILAG is now enjoying steady peace progress in the past two years.

Chancellor of the University, Alhaji (Dr.) Abubakar Umar Garba El-Kanemi, CFR, the Shehu of Borno said he was happy to see UNILAG progressing in all areas and commended the management, faculty members, alumni and other stakeholders of the university for their supports and cooperation in making UNILAG a global brand.

He further pledged to continue working with the university management in in promoting the ideals for which the school was established.

Also, publicly acknowledged and given all the fanfare due to them at the event, where a total of 4,418 postgraduate students bagged diploma, masters and doctoral degrees in various disciplines was A 70-year-old man, who is a retired lecturer and Dean of School of Engineering at Ogun State Institute of Technology, Igbesa, Pa George Asuelinmen emerging as the Oldest graduating Ph.D holder and Mrs. Joy Chinyere Umudu, who emerged as the overall best thesis with a PhD in pure mathematics.

Mrs. Umudu who is a proud mother of four in her speech said the constant drills and constructive criticisms which followed all her activities during her Ph.D. program is what has made her stronger and better and she advised Nigerian teachers to make learning of Mathematics more fun for students right from the beginner classes

Another graduate, the Chief Press Secretary to Sanwoolu, Mr. Gboyega Akosile who bagged a Master in theater arts advised individuals and parents to resolve to stop exam malpractices and to encourage their children and wards to do the same. He said with how stressful it was combining both his job and the program he was still able to proudly say it was all his efforts.


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