A total of 157 out of 1,495 graduating students of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, bagged First Class degrees at its 2015/2016 convocation on Friday.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Charles Ayo, disclosed this during the university’s 11th Convocation and Conferment of Honourary Doctorate Degrees, and presentation of prizes.

Seven hundred and eight of the graduands came away with second class upper honours degrees, 513 second class lower honours, while 118 came out with third class certificates.

A total of 154 students also bagged post graduate degrees.

Professor Ayo said that the university had instituted strategic goals that distinguished its students as clear leaders among universities, not only in Nigeria, but in Africa.

The don identified some of the strategic goals as compulsory internship for all students to gain industry experience, additional certifications in ICT, leadership, entrepreneurship and foreign language.

He also said that the goals included the introduction of Mobile Learning System for improved external and internal efficiency.

Also speaking, Dr David Oyedepo, the Chancellor of the institution, noted that in the drive for excellence, the university had continued to blaze the trail and extend the frontiers of knowledge through research.

Oyedepo said that emphasis had been placed on converting research into tangible problem-solving products and that the effort had yielded laudable results.

He urged the Federal Government to increase the country’s annual budget for education because economic growth is the result of investment in education.

“’Nigeria cannot have the desired change until our government starts investing massively in education,’’ Oyedepo said.

He said that education was a platform to produce highly skilled personnel that would drive economic growth.

Oyedepo added that Nigeria could only restore its lost glory and esteem by investing in education.

He advised the Federal Government to re-double its efforts in tacking corruption so that  sustainable development could be achieved through investment in education.

Erstwhile Minister of Information and National Orientation, Prof. Jerry Gana, lamented the lack of training facilities for Nigeria’s graduates.

He observed that poor access to quality education and too many students competing for few spaces had hindered the standard of education.

Gana, who is the Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Lagos, appealed to the Federal Government to provide adequate funding for universities to address inherent vocational imbalance in the system.

He said that to restore academic standard in Nigeria, there was the need for infrastructure development in the nation’s institutions.

Author: Cerebral Lemon