By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Vice-Chancellor, Precious Corner Stone University, Ibadan, Professor Kola Oloke has admonished the newly matriculated students of the institution to be good ambassadors of the university and the country as a whole.
Professor Oloke gave the admonition at the 3rd Matriculation ceremony of the university which had 83 students admitted in the Institution in Ibadan.
In his speech, Professor Oloke urged the new students to imbibe skills that will be of tremendous use to them in modelling a life of service to God and humanity.
He also urged them to learn how to obey University rules and regulations in order to live up to expectations.
He said, “My own personal appeal to you is not to see this as an excuse to engage in different vices but, as an opportunity to imbibe skills that will be of tremendous use to you in life.”
“As a faith-based University, we are all positioned not to only train you to be highly professional but to also be spiritually sensitive.”
Professor Oloke while appreciating the parents for wisely investing in the future of their wards by enrolling them in the University, commended them for their wise decisions and high sense of responsibility.
“In addition, by the grace of God and all things being equal, as a result of the stable academic calendar, the time the present matriculating students will graduate is known by all,” he said.
Speaking on the role of youths in nation development, the guest lectural at the programme, professor Lateef Sanni described the youths as an engine upon which growth is achieved and cannot be over-emphasised.
In his lecture titled, “Youths Empowerment Generation and Livelihood Improvement: A Multiplicity of Benefit Derived From Participation In Agricultural Value Chain, professor Sanni said youths are the heartbeat of any nation owing to their strength, adding that it is on record that emerging economies are driven by the energy of the youths.
“Youths empowerment has therefore been adopted as a tool for development. Their role as analyst and engine of growth as well as the primary source of opportunities for productive employment has been recognized.”
He explained that Agricultural Value Chains refers to all activities involved in bringing Agricultural produce or service from conception to end-use.