- No fewer than 43 graduates of the University of Ibadan's faculty of technology bagged first class
- The first class holders were part of the 239 graduate members inducted into the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE)
- Prof. Fakolujo, the dean of faculty of technology, advised the graduands to use their knowledge to build the society
The dean faculty of technology, University of Ibadan, Prof. Olaosebikan Fakolujo, has said that a total of 43 graduating students bagged first class while 112 made Second Class Upper Division.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the dean stated this at the induction of 293 2018/2019 class of the faculty as graduate members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).
Fakolujo stated that Nigeria must cease from becoming a consuming nation and invest in technology to fast-track industrial and economic development.
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He added that the induction which ought to have taken place in 2020 was postponed due to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ASUU strike and other national/global issues.
The dean said:
“I am highly excited to inform this gathering that forty-three (43) of them, which constitute 14.7%, graduated with First Class Honours. Two (2) are from the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, One (1) is from the Department of Civil Engineering; Eighteen (18) are from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Ten (10) are from the Department of Industrial and Production Engineering, Nine ( 9) are from Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Three (3) are from Department of Petroleum Engineering."
He added that it is crucial for the graduating students to identify with the reality that Nigeria needs to wake up from her slumber by engaging in productive activities that can guarantee rapid industrialisation, earnings from exportation and economic transformation.
Professor Fakolujo urged the graduands to acquaint themselves with more modern technology and management skills to be relevant engineers nationally and internationally.
While speaking in an interview, the best graduating female student, Favour Victoria Aiyegbeni, stated that she achieved the feat by hard work and due to her passion for engineering.
On his part, the best graduating student, male, Emmanuel Nwachukwu urged the government to make the environment conducive for thinkers and innovators to thrive.
“Africa’s greatest resource is her people. They are bright, intelligent and have the potentials but when the environment is not set right for you it will be very difficult to flourish. I don’t see looking oversees as an end; it’s a means of building competence."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that amid the second wave of COVID-19 scare, the University of Ibadan said that it would hold the first semester of the 2020/2021 academic session virtually.
It was reported the premier university released its approved academic calendar for the 2018/2019 and 2020/2021 academic sessions on Friday, January 15.
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