By Peace Oladipo
Eighty-eight students of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti graduated with a first-class division at the 5th and 6th combined convocation ceremony of the institution.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Abayomi Fasina said this during his address at the convocation ceremony on December 18, 2021.
Prof. Fasina said, “in the analysis of the graduating list of 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 session, the University produced 2,599 students across the faculties.
“There are 35 graduands receiving postgraduate degrees, three of whom are in the PhD category, the first supervised by the Vice Chancellor.
“Of these 2,599, 88 made first class; 857 earned second class (upper division), 1344 bagged second class lower, 309 had third class, while one was in the Pass category.”
On the honourary awards, Engr. Dr. Nuru Yakubu and Mrs. Victoria A. Samson were conferred on Doctor of Public Administration (Honoris Causa) and Doctor of Business Administration (Honoris Causa) of Federal University Oye-Ekiti, respectively.
In his address, Prof. Abayomi Fasina highlighted the successes of the university under his administration for the past one year.
Peace and stability of the University, staff and students welfare, infrastructural development, capacity development, research grants and conference support, establishment of new programmes, directorates and units, new institutes, excellence exercises, University security, ICT development and Awards are the achievements recorded by the university, according to Fasina.
“Addressing the roots of instability and protests in the University has also been a top priority since I assumed office. We now prioritise issues of participatory and inclusive governance, with regular consultations and interactions with critical stakeholders in the University, including management team, deans, Heads of department, staff and Students’ union leaders, as well as host communities. The welfare concerns of staff and students which were severely debased in the past years, have been fully restored.
“It may interest you all to know that we are one of the very few universities that did not cancel any academic session as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he noted about the academic calendar.
Fasina noted that the university has decided to turn Inaugural lectures into a regular event in the University so as to promote a culture of academic excellence and advancement of knowledge.
The VC also mentioned that, “our genuine aspiration is to transform FUOYE into a cynosure, an institution worthy in all ramifications to be called a University”.
He went on to beseech the graduands to celebrate with the principle of Golden Mean, that is moderation.
“Also, always endeavor to positively project the image of the University. It is your University”, he concluded.