No fewer than forty five students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, have bagged First Class Degrees ahead of the institution’s 41st Convocation ceremony.
The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Bamitale Omole, a professor of International Relations, who made this known to newsmen on Thursday, said 1,241 students bagged Second Class Upper Division; 2,717 made Second Class Lower; 818 were Third Class, while 64 got Pass degrees.
The VC also said this year’s convocation would witness a departure from the university’s tradition of giving automatic employment to its First Class graduating students.
This, he explained, was informed by the university’s dwindling financial fortunes, which had made it difficult to automatically engage the services of the best performing graduates.
According to Omole, OAU had achieved a lot over the years, adding that it recently received a grant of $1.12 million from the International Development Research Centre, IDRC, Canada, for the purpose of indigenous vegetables research.
The Street Journal reports that the Convocation Lecture, which has as its theme: “The Pursuit of Happiness: Some Thoughts on Human Rights, Freedom and Justice in Nigeria,” is slated for Friday, and is to be delivered by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Mathew Kukah.
Established in 1967 as one of Nigeria’s First Generation universities, OAU has carved a niche for itself as one of Africa’s leading universities, where famous writers like Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and the late Professor Ola Rotimi taught and produced great graduates like African Development Bank President’s Dr Adesina, etc.