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The Vice Chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Prof. Peace Babalola has disclosed that no fewer than 28 students will on Thursday be graduating from the institution despite pandemic.
The Vice Chancellor disclosed this at the Press conference held in commemoration of the second convocation ceremony of the institution.
Prof. Babalola added that despite the pandemic, they have been able to engage their students online but will however hold a physical convocation.
The VC however said the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Human Resources Science and Technology (HRST), Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor, will on Thursday, deliver the convocation lecture at the University in Abeokuta.
She said, “Chrisland is ready to mark another convocation despite the pandemic. The convocation will be both virtual and face to face. We are graduating 28 students out of which five are of first class and all of them are females. At Chrisland University, we are trying our best to produce the best brains that will contribute to the growth of the nation.
“Despite the pandemic, we were never hindered. We engaged our students in Google classes and we were able to conduct online examination for them. Our lecturers too worked tirelessly in ensuring that they delivered the best”, Babalola said.
The AU official, Agbor who should have delivered a lecture in June but was hindered by Covid-19 will at the convocation address the topic “leadership, sustainable development and nation building in African: a reflective perspective.”
While feeding questions from journalists, the Cameroonian who had her education at the University of Ibadan before taking up lecturing job in her country described the Nigerian education as the best.
Agbor who rose to deputy vice chancellor before her engagement with the Africa Union said education and leadership are key factors in development.
“For education to thrive in this society, we need to do a kind of tripartite actions, tripartite strategic linkages between the government and its policies, the academic and the private or the public sector.
“The theme of my convocation lecture is leadership, sustainable development and nation building in African: a reflective perspective. The quality of leadership brings about sustainable development and therefore, sustainable development brings nation building so we speak of good leadership that put into consideration.”
She canvassed for African solutions to African challenges making reference to the Agenda 2063 of ‘The Africa we want’.
“Africans got talent. What are our scientists and educationists doing in solving our problems, this is what we say about education in Africa, that we can have African solution to African challenges and the African solution to academic can only come when we invest in quality education. So leadership for me is to meet the important need of member of the society which is education,” Agbor added.