Ridwan Ola-Gbadamosi and Karen Nneka Enumah have emerged as the best graduating students at the Lagos State University (LASU) for the 2017/2018 academic session during the 23rd Convocation Ceremony of the University.
Ridwan Ola-Gbadamosi from the Faculty of Engineering and Karen Nneka Enumah from the Department of Mathematics, both finished with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.88.
The 23rd Convocation Ceremony of Lagos State University for the award of First and Higher Degrees respectively was held on the 15th and 16th of May, 2019, at the University Main Auditorium, Ojo, Lagos.
The Lagos State University (LASU) announced, during its 23rd convocation ceremony, that 57 graduands bagged first class degrees, the highest ever in the institution’s 36 years of existence.
There was also a tie in the Faculty of Social Sciences in which Abosede Onifade and Omowunmi Kassim both of the Department of Sociology graduated with a CGPA of 4.78 to emerge the best graduating students in their faculty.
According to Mr. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, the vice-chancellor of LASU, a total of 10,523 graduands qualified for the First Degree certificate.
“My story is that of zest, passion, inquisitiveness and sheer determination. It typifies passion for success, a recipe in every degree award recipient in this hall that I have been chosen to represent today. Permit me to rephrase the popular title of Ayikwe Armah’s The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by saying ‘the beautiful ones have been born’. This class of youths before you today, Your Excellency, is brimming with energy to rewrite the nation’s narrative. However, it is also pertinent to note that the success of every one of us is a function of the decisions we make as well as efforts and/or sacrifices we choose on our journey to becoming who we want.
In addition, my perception about education was centered on the world needs for people who can think creatively, innovatively and independently; with the ability to proffer sustainable and pragmatic solution. We have started a phase in our lives and there will be many more difficulties and setbacks ahead of us. We have been rightly equipped by this great institution to tackle all challenges, achieve greater successes and make a difference in our communities. Fellow alumni, I charge us all to go into the world and make positive difference.
Engineering is my profession and because I love the profession passionately, I implore the government to provide continuous funding to ensure our workshops and laboratories measure up in standard to what obtains in advanced climes. I also implore it to provide funds to support students’ industrial and technical visits on a weekly basis while also creating an environment that would attract more of foreign investors and collaborators in the field of Engineering. This would ensure the Country to have the right manpower to drive its industries and in the long run improve the gross domestic product capacity of the country, while reducing unemployment simultaneously. Equally, Nigeria will experience youth’s application of Information and other technological means to solve humanity problems rather than using existing ones for Cyber bullying and other Crimes.”