Nigerian University Graduates Must Be Self-reliant – FUTA Don

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By Boluwatife Adedokun, Owo

Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Prof. Philip Gbenro Oguntunde has enjoined graduates of Nigerian Universities to be self-reliant.

Prof. Oguntunde who gave the charge at the induction ceremony for new set of Engineering graduates of Achievers University on Thursday in Owo, added that graduating engineers must be hardworking and persevere to make a mark in the engineering world.

Speaking on the theme, “Engineering Opportunities From Challenges: The World is Waiting for Achievers,” Prof. Oguntunde emphasized the significance of independence and hard work in achieving success on a global scale.

He encouraged the 13 inductees to cultivate good learning attitudes and cautioned against self-pity and laziness.

In her address, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Omolola Irinoye encouraged the inductees to maintain diligence, discipline and focus.

She urged the graduates to optimize their insight and foresight for effective decision-making.

Expressing gratitude to Hon. Dr. Bode Ayorinde for his commitment to the University, Prof. Irinoye admonished the inductees, stating, “You are thoroughly trained and released to the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the world at large to practice your professional expertise.”

She envisioned the graduates as fulfilled engineers contributing to the country’s development, saying, “As Achievers, you should carry the emblem of knowledge, integrity, and leadership wherever you go.”

“Academic activities started in the college in 2017 and at present, the College has five departments with six programmes, they are; Biomedical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering.

“All the six programmes have been accredited by NUC and three of these courses have also been accredited by COREN: Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering.”

Additionally, Prof. Sesan Ayodeji, the Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology, commended the Pro-Chancellor, Hon. Dr. Bode Ayorinde, and Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Omolola Irinoye, for their efforts.

He noted, “Your unwavering commitment, expertise, and tireless efforts have not only educated but also inspired the next generation of engineers.”

Reflecting on the graduates’ journey, Prof. Ayodeji highlighted their resilience, ingenuity, and commitment, stating, “They stand here today as a testament to their hard work, their families’ support, and the guiding light provided by their mentors.”

“Embrace the opportunities for innovation and creativity. Engage in lifelong learning, whether through further studies, professional development courses, or hands-on experiences. Stay connected with the professional community, and be open to collaborations and new ideas. In doing so, you will not only advance your career but also contribute significantly to our nation’s progress and the betterment of our global community.

“The future of engineering is bright and limitless, and you, as the new generation of engineers, are poised to lead this exciting journey. Let your passion, knowledge, and creativity guide you as you embark on this.”

He however encouraged the graduates to be ambassadors of Achievers University, emphasizing the importance of ethical practices and professional integrity.

In his closing remarks, the Pro Chancellor of the institution, Dr Bode Ayorinde congratulated the inductees for allowing Achievers University to shape them.

Ayorinde emphasized the need for the 13 new inductees to uphold the motto of the University – Knowledge, Integrity and Leadership – whenever they go.

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