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Aregbesola Orders Osun College of Education to Conduct Outstanding Graduation Ceremony Before End of 2017

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‎Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo.

Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Thursday ordered the
authorities of the Osun state College of Education, Ilesa to henceforth put a
stop to organising combined graduation ceremonies in the school.

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He ordered that all outstanding graduation programmes of the institution
must be done before the end of 2017, saying the remaining programmes must
be concluded in two batches before December, 2017.

The governor gave the charge while speaking at the combined 24th graduation
ceremony of four sets of 6,600 graduating students at the auditorium of the
College in Ilesa.

He however appealed to the students of the college not to disrupt the
academic programmes of the institution so as to meet up with the set
target.

“Combined graduation ceremony must not happen in this school again. This
graduation ceremony I believe is for the sets of 2007 to 2011. It is too
much and not good enough”, Aregbesola said.

“The graduation ceremonies of the set of graduands between 2012 to 2016
which will be the 25th graduation ceremony must be done in two batches
before December, 2017.

“I implore the students of this great institution not to disrupt the
academic programmes of this school so as to meet up with the set target”.

Speaking on the various interventions of government in the education
sector, Aregbesola said it was occasioned by the education summit chaired
by Prof. Wole Soyinka which gave some recommendations which government is
implementing to improve academic performance in the state.

He said the summit also brought about the O-MEALS programme which has been
a huge success hence making the Federal Government to adopt the programme.

He explained that the O-MEALS programme has created employment
opportunities for different individuals in the state as well as boosting the
Agricultural sector of the state.

The Governor also used the occasion to shed light on the restructuring of
the state tertiary institutions, saying it is not meant to scrap any school
or retrench workers but to make the schools more relevant through the
offering of vocational trainings and provision of remedial courses for
young school leavers.

While congratulating the new graduates, the Governor said graduating from
an institution is an accomplishment which prepares them for later life
accomplishments.

He urged those who will be going directly into teaching to see it as an
opportunity to give back to the society through teaching morals as well as
trying to improve the academic qualities of the younger generation.

“We are determined to improve the standard of education in our state, that
is why we are spending so much in building state-of-the-art education
facilities across the state.

“That is why we are spending so much into feeding our pupils in elementary
schools through the O-MEALS programme which has attracted interests from
all over the world to the extent that the Federal Government has adopted
it.

“Our vision to restructure our state institutions is not to scrap any
school or retrench workers, but we want to make the schools more attractive
to the world. We want them to be able to offer remedial courses to young
school leavers and provide vocational training to people in the society”.
Aregbesola stated.

In his graduation address, the Provost of the institution, Dr. Kadri
Adegoke, explained that the ceremony is being used to reward excellence and
hard work through the award of prizes to graduating students who have
performed outstandingly well.

He said the programme is also used to honour two eminent Nigerians because
it is believed that it will help in stimulating the spirit and culture of
hard work, enterprise and excellence in the graduating students.

The provost used the occasion to express gratitude to the administration of
Aregbesola for assisting the institution in giving capacity development to
its staff, saying the college has never had it so good.

‎According to the provost, “This graduation ceremony is a combination of
four sets of between 2007 to 2011, making a total of 6,600 graduands. We
are using this ceremony to award excellence and hard work by awarding
prizes to graduands who have performed outstandingly well”

“This occasion is also being used to honour eminent Nigerians in the
presence of the graduands because we want it to serve as stimulant to the
students and make them to be hardworking and become great enterpreneurs in
future”

“I thank the Ogbeni Aregbesola administration for assisting the school in
capacity building of the members of staff of this school, our college have
never had it so good under any administration in this state.

“Almost all our academic staff members and some non-teaching staff members
were sponsored on international conferences in the U.S. and the U.K in the
last four years”.

Delivering an acceptance speech on behalf of himself and a retired Justice
of the Supreme Court, Justice Bola Babalakin, a legal luminary, Chief
Adegboyega Awomolo who was presented honourary awards alongside Justice
Babalakin stated that education is one of the cardinal objectives of the
APC government.

He described Aregbesola as a visionary governor who is pursuing his
objective of taking Osun to a great height in terms of academic
performance, noting that education as a sector should not be handled with
kids glove by any government.

“Education is one of the pillars of the APC government and governor
Aregbesola is doing remarkably well in that sector.

“I have gone round the state and I have seen a lot things that have been
put on ground in the education sector and I am amazed at the passion of the
governor to develop education in the state.”

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