No less than 8,000graduating students received Certificate in Education from Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), over the weekend at the newly constructed multipurpose hall of the school, amidst pomp and pageantry.
The college, once again showed its unequalled and enviable stance in repositioning College of Education system in the country, through its stable academic calendar and unwavering commitment to teacher training.
The provost Mr. Olalekan Wasiu Bashorun, said that the institution would have liked to celebrate the joint convocation ceremony comprising of the 32nd, 33rd and 34th ceremonies with the grandeur and excellence for which the state is known for, save for the anguish and pain by abduction of 234 innocent young girls at Government Girls’ Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, which necessitated sober reflection.
However, he called on the abductors to release the innocent students and allow them to contribute to the growth of the country.
The state governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola reiterated his administration’s commitment towards continued investment in the children, youths and, indeed, Nigeria’s future through proper planning in education within the state’s limited resources.
Fashola, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Governmnet (SSG) Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule, emphasised that education is no doubt the most fundamental weapon to fight poverty, intimidate ignorance, defeat religious extremism and ensure social orderliness.
Nineteen-year-old Onwocha Isibor Obina was the cynosure of all eyes as he outshined other students to become the best graduating student.
In his valedictory speech, he noted that the collaboration efforts of parents and the authorities of the school, in moulding students for success are necessary. Isibor enjoined his pears to create new paths of vision, purpose and determination, however, not to limit themselves to NCE certificate but rather see it as a stepping stone to a greater height.
Wife of former governor of Lagos State Senator Oluremi Tinubu and Professor Babatunde Oderinde were conferred with the Fellowship of the school.