By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor and Visitor to Osun State University, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, has challenged universities in Nigeria to lead the society out of the problems posed by the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the entire world.
He also charged the nation’s universities to look inward and invest more in researches, innovations and technologies as a permanent way to prepare the world for eventualities that may come in the future.
Oyetola gave the charge at the 9th convocation ceremony of the Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Osogbo, the State capital which was held virtually as necessitated by the novel Coronavirus pandemic, was the first of its kind in the history of the nation’s public universities in Nigeria.
Addressing the participants, the Governor said the time has come for the leadership of the nation’s tertiary institutions, particularly universities, to prove their strength in finding solutions to the myriad challenges confronting the country saying that university must continue to bear the creativity and innovation torch for the industry and the society, most importantly at this critical time when the whole world is moving from physical to virtual engagement.
He also tasked the graduands to take advantage of the numerous opportunities inherent in the global pandemic by looking inward to employ the entrepreneurial skills and competencies which the university has imbued in them to be job creators and employers of labour.
“The graduands are products and ambassadors of innovation and entrepreneurship which the University stands for in a world in need of thinkers as a solution to its myriad problems. I challenge the graduands to take up the challenge with courage and be solutions to the unemployment quagmire the nation and the world are grappling with.
“At this critical time when the whole world is moving from physical to virtual engagement, the University must continue to bear the creativity and innovation torch for the industry and society. I charge the University to lead the society out of the challenges posed by COVID-19 and prepare the world for eventualities that may come in the future.”
Oyetola also thanked the University Chancellor, Dr Mrs Folorunso Alakija, for her consistent efforts in remodelling and repositioning the University and for her kind donation of a world-class Teaching Hospital Complex to this Institution. Her immense interest in our University is unparalleled and much appreciated.
The Governor reaffirmed his administration’s resolve to make UNIOSUN the preferred university of excellence in research and human capacity building in Nigeria, Africa and the whole world adding that his government is committed to doing all possible things required to ensure that the institution achieves its vision and mandate saying, “the university must spare no effort to achieve this and be aware that this can only be accomplished when its staff and students are alive to their responsibilities and are committed to service to humanity.”