By Damilola Olufemi
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, over the weekend, had the grand finale of the 2016/17 graduating students which also doubled as the 8th Convocation ceremony of the institution.
In his welcome address, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Tunji Abayomi, congratulated and rejoiced with the new graduates, wishing them a better beginning in life.
Describing the institution in the last one year, he said, “This institution has become a first class University among its peers,”commending the school management and students to have achieve this feat.
Speaking on the recent tuition fee increment of the institution, Tunji Abayomi applauded the Student Union for allowing peace to reign, which prompted stable academic calendar.
“Let me applaud the Student Union of this institution for letting peace exist eve at the increment of the tuition fee.”
As the Chairman of the Governing Council, he said the Council has been able to offer a functioning tuition fee, he said “Council has offered a workable school fee.”
The Pro-Chancellor said a Centre has been established to enable students who could not afford the fee be able to which is easy and convenient for all student.
The Scheme which is called STUDENT SUPPORT CENTRE is to allow students have access to paying their school with no stress. “The school has been able to create a Student Support Centre with no interest”, the Pro-Chancellor said.
Similarly, he also said discussions are ongoing with the Student Union to come up with a Student Financial Support which will be handled by the Student Union to make students be supported financially in the school.
While speaking, the Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. Igbekele Amos Ajibefun commended the graduating students for making it thus far in their academic pursuit in life, giving kudos to them for the success of such.
Stating successes of the institution within the last one year, Prof. Ajibefun highlighted them to include; stable academic calendar, 100% accreditation of courses in the school by NUC, Law student making 1st class at the Nigerian Law School in the last five years, Networking with top American Universities, AAUA attaining 18th in ranking of Nigerian Universities from 31st, amongst others which in next few years will attain the Top 3.
He however highlight scarcity of fund both in salary payment and Research funding to be the major problem and challenge the institution is facing.
Announcing the Best Graduating Student, Komolafe Ebenezer Olorunwa from the Department of Integrated Science, Science Education, Faculty of Education, an amount of #150,000 and #100,000 was gifted to him as the Best Graduating via Vice Chancellor’s prize and Prize for Best Graduating Student, respectively.
Speaking after his announcement, Ebenezer appreciated God and everyone who has been of support and help to him through his school time, for believing in him.
“I was determined and focused to attain success. I made up my mind to break the record of no first class in my department,” he said.
The student also said despite involving in political and social acts, he never allowed that distract his aim, urging students to be good ambassadors in the society.
Best Graduating Students from each Faculty are:
Arts – Adesina Boluwatife
Education – Komolafe Ebenezer Olorunwa
Law – Arijeni Femi Alex
Science – Awe Abiodun
Social and Management Sciences – Bamigboye Johnson Olawale.
An Honorary Award of Doctor of Law was also conferred on Mrs. Sijuade Iluyomade, the Founder and Convener of Arise Women.
Appreciating the school management in her acceptance speech, she thank the management of the school for the kind gesture bestowed on her, stressing to make good use of it and impact more lives.
Among those present at the event include the Governor of Ondo State and Visitor to the institution, Rotimi Akeredolu who was represented by his Deputy, Agboola Ajayi; Commissioner for Education, Mr. Femi Agagu, SSA to the Governor on Legislative matters, Bolarinwa Oluwasegunota; SA to the Governor on Education, Wunmi Ilawole; Principal officers; Staffs and Students of the institution.