OKEBUKOLA EXTOLS THE VIRTUES OF AWOSIKA

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Dr Peter Okebukola, former Chief Executive of the National University Commission (NUC) has said the appreciation of all Nigerians, indeed all Africans should go to High Chief Dr (Mrs) Winifred O. Awosika, OON and family for the courage, propelled by love of education to invest in the setting up of Chrisland University.

He stated Awosika would have otherwise invested the huge resources in setting up and running Chrisland in “enjoying life” with family and friends, holidaying in choice places across the world. They decided appositely in sowing for future generations of Nigerians.

He disclosed that the good reputation of a university depended not on the number of its students or the splendour and magnificence of its buildings, but on the quality of its staff and students and the quality of its contribution to knowledge and societal development.

Okebukola who expressed delight to present this lecture as Chrisland University graduated the first set of students, said he was thrilled at the choice of topic “Building a World Class University in Africa: The Role of Private Universities.”

The seasoned university Administrator believed it would provide a basis for developing a framework for making Chrisland University attain world-class status in the shortest possible time.

“The appreciation of all Nigerians, indeed all Africans should go to High Chief Dr (Mrs) Winifred O. Awosika, OON and family for the courage, propelled by love of education to invest in the setting up of Chrisland University.

“Surely, the Awosikas would have otherwise invested the huge resources in setting up and running Chrisland in “enjoying life” with family and friends, holidaying in choice places across the world. They decided appositely in sowing for future generations of Nigerians”, he stressed.

He prayed that God should grant them, especially the Chancellor and Chairman Board of Trustees, High Chief Dr(Mrs) Winifred O. Awosika, OON, long life and good health to reap the fruits of their investment.

Okebukola was convinced several generations of Nigerians would remember the Winifred Awosika family for investing in their future and the in the growth and development of Nigeria and Africa.

He emphatically stated that by the time the history of Nigeria is being written in another 100 years, a choice place awaited High Chief Dr(Mrs) Winifred O. Awosika, OON in that documentary.

He expressed his heartiest congratulations to Chief Awosika as she received the prestigious chieftaincy title, Mojila, from the Alake of Egbaland, His Royal Majesty, Oba Aremu Adedotun Gbadebo, while congratulating all members of the Board of Trustees and Council of this University on the maiden convocation.

He also congratulated all Chrisland University graduating students, “You will forever be the head and not the tail. God will make you shiny stars in your family, our country, our continent and in the world,” he added.

He said the university was exceptionally lucky to have attracted Professor Chinedum Peace Babalola who he described as a great scholar and top university administrator to steer the ship of Chrisland at this stage of its development.

Okebukola said
getting a skilled and scholarly lady as Vice Chancellor to nurture a young, under-five university would lower the risk of under-five mortality

The former university monitor stated the risk was further lowered with the lady Vice Chancellor as experienced as an academic leader in Nigeria’s premier university, University of Ibadan.

He believed Professor Babalola has done creditably in the few years she has spent leading Chrisland. “We have seen nothing yet as, by the Grace of God, she is poised to take Chrisland University to very great heights. It is to this height that the topic of this lecture would appear to navigate us.”

The Convocation lecture was graced by Professor O. Akinkugbe, the doyen of medicine and higher education administration in Africa, and chaired by Professor Nimi Briggs, a world-renowned obstetrician and gynaecologist.

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