Text of the remarks by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the conferment of Honorary Degree – Doctor of Public Administration on him by Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD).
Education is the light of a nation and ignorance its darkness. Only with that light can we hope to see where we are and to discover the path we must go to realise our greatness as a nation.
To educate a generation is to secure the future. Thus, it is indeed my honour to be here with you for this university stands as a shining beacon, casting the light of education upon our nation and its people.
This university thus serves as a vital piston in the machinery of national progress. Our young people deserve and require quality education that will unlock their utmost potential. This will engender critical thinking and build their capacities for self and national development.
Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) is dedicated to providing that stellar education. Since its inception about 10 years ago, this university has distinguished itself. Its record is exemplary: the National University Commission (NUC) acknowledges ABUAD as “model, benchmark and a reference point as well as pride of university system in Nigeria”.
This excellent assessment confirms that the university is doing the right things in the right way. It confirms that it is contributing significantly to the education of future leaders who will themselves contribute significantly to the wellbeing of our nation and their respective communities.
For this, we must roundly commend and congratulate the university and its founder. I charge the management, the lecturers and other staff members to maintain this record but to also to improve it. The world of progress beckons to us to join it. We are gladdened by the invitation but we dare not tarry too long. For time waits for no person and no nation.
If we do not board the train of progress, it will pass us by. This means we must acquire and use the scientific and technological skills of the 21st Century to advance our common purpose. In this manner, we help break the fetters of underdevelopment and expand the boundaries of economic, intellectual and moral growth.
I understand the university accords special attention to the Sciences and Technology. This is it as it should be. I urge that we consider imparting solid knowledge and proper guidance in those areas where our youths can, upon graduation, begin to reshape the world around them by using their knowledge and ingenuity to improve extant economic processes and to embark on novel and innovative enterprises that will undergird national prosperity for decades to come.
May I use this moment to also congratulate my fellow awardees-Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar 111; Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, and an entrepreneur and Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Green Energy International Limited, Prof. Anthony Adegbulugbe.
To be considered among this illustrious group is both an honour and a privilege. I deeply treasure this moment. I will continue to do all that I can in order to live up to this acclaim. We must continue to do all that is within our capacities so that we hand over a steady helm and a vibrant and strengthened nation to these young people.
As I end, may I thank Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) for having the vision and determination to establish this pre-eminent university. In a way, we should not be surprised by this feat because Aare Afe Babalola has always been noted for excellence.
Still, it is amazing what you have done in so little time. This is a lesson to us all, showing what one person with a great idea and stoutness of heart can do.
Aare Babalola, I understand, has been leveraging on his contacts across the world to broker partnerships between ABUAD and other foreign universities in Europe, Asia and America to bring this university to its present enviable height. I commend him for this effort and particularly for gifting us a first-class university.
I congratulate ABUAD on its 10th anniversary and seventh convocation. I wish the university a successful celebration and a memorable convocation this year and for all the years to come.
Continue to shine the light of education that Nigeria may be able to see its greater future and broader horizons.
1, 864 pass Law School Bar Final Exams- D-G
The Council of Legal Education has said that 1, 864 students of the Nigerian Law School passed the Bar Final Examinations conducted in January.
The council made this known in a statement signed by the Director-General of the School, Prof. Isa Chiroma on Sunday in Abuja.
The council, while releasing the results said that a total of 2, 515 students participated in the examinations.
Chiroma, who described the performance as outstanding, said that among the 1, 864 students who were successful, only 5 made First Class while 632 others failed the examinations.
“Candidates graded in First Class are 5, Second Class Upper 77, Second Class Lower is 633, those who got pass marks are 1,067 and those with Conditional Pass are 82.
“632 candidates failed the examination, 17 were absent and 2 results are withheld.”
Chiroma further explained that only 0.2 percent made First Class, 3.06 percent made Second Class Upper, 25.17 percent made Second Class Lower and 42.42 percent passed.
He said other performances include a 3.26 percent for those with a conditional pass, 25.12 percent failed the examinations, 0.7 percent were absent and 0.8 percent results are being withheld.
He also said that screening and Call to Bar ceremony dates for the successful candidates would be communicated in due course.
COVID-19: Churches, mosques, schools get reopening dates in Ekiti
Worship centres and schools in Ekiti State will reopen in July, Governor Kayode Fayemi said on Tuesday.
Fayemi said the state government would reopen places of worship and schools across the state effective from July 17 and 20 respectively.
Fayemi also said that the state had taken an N2.5bn Life Insurance cover of N2m each for 500 frontline medical personnel involved in the COVID-19 assignment, saying the move was in addition to the prompt payment of COVID-19 special allowances to qualified cadres.
The governor, who spoke in a statewide broadcast on Tuesday evening, said, as part of efforts to curtail and contain community spread which chances were high with the present development, said,
“Our random community testing starting with Ikere Ekiti Council on July 1, 2020 and moving from council to council”.
“Efforts are now in top gear to ensure our children return to school from July 20, 2020 as recommended by the interface between the Ministry of Education and all stakeholders in the education sector”.
Fayemi, who said the schools’ resumption would be in phases starting with students in terminal classes (SS3, JSS3 and Primary six) to prepare for their examinations, said, “Other classes will be gradually absorbed as schools meet all requirements to accommodate them safely and responsibly”.
“As jointly agreed with the leadership of the faith community, religious worship centres may resume controlled services from Friday July 17, 2020 starting with worship services once a week; Friday Jumat for Muslims and Saturday and Sunday Services for Christians.
“This is however subject to strict and full compliance with the regulations regarding worship centres which include social distancing of six-feet between worshippers, hand washing and face masks,” the governor said.
“By the current assessment of the situation and the advice of the experts, we have decided to proceed as follows: Free unhindered movement will continue Mondays – Fridays only from 6:00 am to 8:00pm daily while Dusk to Dawn Curfew will be enforced 8:00pm – 5:59 am seven days a week.
“There shall continue to be a restriction of movement at weekends (Saturday and Sunday) until July 19, subject to the conditional relaxation of church attendance on Saturdays and Sundays. In conformity with the Federal Government directive, the ban on travel to and from Ekiti State is hereby lifted except during the Dusk to Dawn curfew daily.
“The ban on large gathering of more than 20 persons except on approved worship days continues. Social, political or business gatherings like parties, burials, meetings, bars, viewing centres, sports meet must not exceed 20 persons and must comply with prevention protocols of six-feet social distancing, face masks and hand washing,” he said.
Tension in Benue State University over coronavirus
As the number of coronavirus rises in Benue, tension has heightened following the failure of the state government to further disclose the identity of the victims.
It will be recalled that the State Governor, Samuel Ortom, had all along revealed the identity of people earlier tested positive to the virus, this he hinged on the appropriate way to stem the spread of the virus.
Since the figure continues to climb, the governor had stopped to disclose the identity of the victims.
This has heightened tension, particularly, that the authority of Benue State University decontaminated the school yesterday.
The decontamination of the school was allegedly hinged on the report that some management staff of the University already tested positive to COVID-19.
A member of the State Committee on COVID-19 who did not want his name mentioned revealed that top management staff of the State University tested positive to coronavirus.
Reacting to the allegation, head of the Information unit of the University, Terzungwe Tservanger dismissed the report, saying that the decontamination of the entire school was in preparation for the resumption of students.
“There is nothing like the VC or any other top management staff of the University tested positive to coronavirus, decontamination of the school was in preparation for the resumption of students,” Tservanger said.
When contacted, the secretary of the State Action Committee on COVID-19 and Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Sunday Ongbabo, declined comment on the issue, stating that given the identity of people who tested positive to COVID-19 in the state noo would further heighten tension.
Dr. Ongbabo, however, said that the state had recorded 65 cases as at Monday, June 30, 2020, and enjoined people of the state to be more serious by adhering to all the precautionary measures of social distancing, hand washing, use of face masks among others to stay safe.
He urged everyone to see the next person as a suspect stressing that people should shun the idea of seeing the virus as a fluke.
“This is not the time to be releasing the identity of those tested positive to the disease because it will further heighten tension in the state.
“As on Monday, the state had recorded 65 cases. Of the number, 44 have been treated and discharged,” Ongbabo said.
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