Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will deliver the Osun State University convocation lecture as part of the university’s 7th convocation ceremonies.
The vice chancellor of the institution, Professor Labode Popoola while addressing newsmen yesterday in Osogbo on the activities lined up for the convocation ceremonies disclosed that Osinbajo will be speaking on the topic: “Six Decades of Chequered Nationhood: Nigeria Still Holds the Key to Africa’s Development”.
According to him, as part of the convocation ceremonies, the outgoing governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, a former governor of the state, Chief Adebisi Akande, and Dr. Olayiwola Francis Fatona will be conferred with honorary doctorate degrees in Engineering, Letters and Sciences respectfully.
According to him, 1,647 students will be conferred with first degrees across the colleges of the university while the first set of postgraduate students of the university would be conferred with Masters degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas across different programmes.
Giving the breakdown of the graduating students, Popoola said 62 students will be awarded First Class, 693, Second Class Upper division, 756, Second Class lower, 131 Third Class honours while 5 students will be awarded the pass degrees.
Professor Popoola further disclosed that the Chancellor of the institution, Mrs Folorunso Alakija would lay the foundation of the University’s Teaching Hospital.
Among the achievements of the university according to the vice chancellor was the recent verification of twenty-three new programmes by the National Universities Commission (NUC), adding that the institution is currently running 47 undergraduate programmes and 13 postgraduate programmes.
50 Students Complete EdoBits’ Free Digital Skills Training
Not less than 50 young school leavers have graduated from Course One of Edobits ICT Academy, a free one-year programme run by the Edo State government through EdoJobs in collaboration with Edobits, Butterfly Works, Poise, and Wearebits.
The students were trained on advanced graphic design skills and performed freelance job for clients in Benin City and environs while on training.
Speaking to journalists at the graduation ceremony, Project Lead, Ekobits and Edobits, Innih Ikhide, said the ceremony is for the course one of the programmes run by Edobits ICT Academy.
He said the Academy was set up this year by the Edo State government through EdoJobs to train youths from the less privileged communities and provide them with adequate knowledge of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to contribute to economic development.
Ikhide said course one lasted for eight weeks, as the students were equipped with the fundamentals of ICT, noting that the total duration of the course is 12 months.
According to him, “After course one, the students’ level of commitment will be reassessed because commitment is important. After the reassessment, the students will continue with course two, which will last for six months after which they will move to course three. At the end of the one-year programme, the students will get a diploma certificate.”
He said the students are guaranteed to get jobs after the training, while those who want to toe the entrepreneurial path will be provided with the necessary support.
Manager, Edobits, Omomoh Abraham, said that Edobits would train the students to become professionals in graphics design and development.
“In one of his visits here, the Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, promised that he would employ every one of them. This is a great opportunity brought to Edo people. We started from the scratch and today they are professionals in graphics design,” he noted.
Abraham said the programme is free, as the state government and its partners have paid for the course, adding that, “the students did not pay; they only made themselves available and have shown commitment.”
“I am really happy to be part of the training, I am graduating today. I am happy my life has changed for the better,” one of the beneficiaries, who identified himself as Osas, said.