Ajia Motunrayo, a student in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, College of Engineering of Covenant University, has emerged the best student with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 5.0 at the 2018/2019 convocation.
This is the first time that a student attains such a feat in the institution and therefore makes Ajia Motunrayo the all-time best graduating student. The closest to her feat being the 2016 convocation where Master Winner Deji-Folutile from Department of Architecture had 4.97.
A total of 215 students of the Covenant University, Ota in Ogun State were conferred with First Class degrees at its 2018/2019 convocation held on the 19th of July 2019.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aaron Atayero, performed the ceremony during the institution’s 14th Convocation and the Conferment of Honorary Doctorate Degrees, and Presentation of Prizes.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 1,580 students graduated for the academic session.
They comprised: 215 first class honours, 668 second class upper honours, 415 second class lower, nine in third class and 239 post-graduates.
Professor Atayero, in his address, noted that education is a powerful weapon which can be used to change the world and achieve sustainable economic growth, especially, on the African continent.
The Vice-Chancellor said Covenant University had continued to provide quality education by providing lifelong learning opportunities through granting public access to resources of the institution’s Centre for Learning.
Professor Atayero also said the institution’s curriculum was designed to raise a new generation of leaders who would be spiritually and mentally equipped to restore the dignity of the African man.
Also speaking, the Chancellor of Covenant University, David Oyedepo, said there was the need for Nigeria and other African countries to properly fund education so as to achieve meaningful development.
Mr. Oyedepo also said there was the need for Africa to build new nations by placing more priority on qualitative education.
According to Mr. Oyedepo:
“Until one is transformed through education, he or she cannot transform his environment, society or nation.”
The Chancellor of Covenant University noted that the only way that Nigeria and other African countries could have equal rights like other great nations and not be seen as second class citizens was through investment in education.