NO FOREIGN SUPPORT CAN BE MORE ENDURING THAN HOME GROWN SOLUTIONS SAYS DR DAVID OYEDEPO
AS 283 STUDENTS BAG 1ST CLASS DEGREES AT COVENANT, NIGERIA’s BEST UNIVERSITY’s 18TH CONVOCATION
The Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun, Prof. Abiodun Adebayo, said 283 students graduated with first class honours in the 2022/2023 academic session.
Adebayo disclosed this on Friday 29 September 2023 during the 18th convocation ceremony and conferment of degrees, and presentation of prizes in Ota.
According to him, 1,175 students graduated for the 2022/2023 academic session.
This comprised 283 students, who made first class, 656 second class upper honours, 214 second class lower, third class 22 and 204 post-graduate students. The percentage of 1st class students therefore stood at 24%. In the previous convocation, first class students stood at 12.2% of graduating students hence a 100% increase in the number of first class graduates over that of last year.
Nelson Ifechukwu, a student in the Department of Electrical Electronics Engineering, College of Engineering, emerged as the best-graduating student with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.98.
“The Covenant’s mission is to transform students into experts, thinkers, innovative managers and resourceful technocrats in all fields of learning, thus restoring relevance to the university context in Africa,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor said that the institution was ranked first in Nigeria, first in West Africa and 7th in Africa by the Times Higher Education World University and Impact Rankings.
He added that Covenant is the only private university among all Nigerian universities in the 2023 ranking, making it the best private university in Nigeria and Africa.
Also, Dr David Oyedepo, the Chancellor of the institution, said there was no amount of foreign interest or support that would be a substitute for our indigenous engagement in finding solutions to our challenges of today.
Oyedepo said that there was the need for Africa to rediscover “our true identities, because wherever there is liberty, dignity is restored
He encouraged graduates to take responsibility for their lives and not rely on others in the future. He emphasized facing challenges instead of complaining and reiterated the university’s commitment to its distinctive educational approach.