It gives me great pleasure and honour to attend this very important ceremony of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), the premier tertiary institution in our Sunshine State. This will be the second convocation ceremony I will attend as Visitor.  You often hear me describe this citadel of learning as the ‘mother university’ in the State, and that points to how dear Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko is to our administration. I congratulate the management of this citadel of learning, parents, guardians and the Akungba people for seeing these graduands through the rough journey to success.  Most importantly we are thankful to the Almighty God for granting us the grace to be here this day.  It is an understatement to say that this University has been making us proud both nationally and globally.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this occasion affords us the opportunity not only to formally confer awards and academic prizes on worthy graduates, but also an opportunity to release into the society another set of trained manpower. It is a known fact that a sizeable percentage of Government workers had, at one time or another, passed through this institution, thus, underlining the important roles AAUA plays in the State and beyond.

It is worth noting that this 9th Convocation Ceremony coincides with the twentieth (20th) year of the existence of this university.  As a Government, we are proud that the institution is doing exceptionally well nationally and globally despite its young age. Within such a relatively young age, the University has consistently emerged as the Best State University in Nigeria, and it is currently ranked the ninth (9th) best out of about one hundred and sixty (160) Universities in the Country.

We are also aware that products of this University have consistently performed admirably well in National and international examinations, just as staff members have won laurels in research and knowledge impartation. It is our intention to continually support all our higher institutions so that they could measure up to their peers across the globe. Ondo State is known for producing acclaimed brains, the trend shall continue under my watch.

You would observe that despite stiff competing demands, we have ensured prompt release of subventions in order not to jeopardize the delicate balance of running a modern University. We have also done our best to grow the physical infrastructure in all these institutions. While it is impossible for a single Government to meet all needs, we shall, however, continue to exert necessary efforts to sustain the tempo of development in all our State-owned citadels of learning.

As part of our administration’s understanding of the running of a 21st century compliant University, we have continued to give the management of all state-institutions the free hand needed to run their affairs.  Plans are on to ensure that we leverage the research efforts of academics across our institutions while also not failing to tap from their wealth of experience and research when occasions demand.

Our educational policy thrust is clear, to make our institutions of higher learning independent and well-funded with a view of making tools of positive changes in the society.

I must also acknowledge that this would be the last convocation to be presided over by the Vice Chancellor, Prof.  Igbekele Ajibefun.  I thank you, on behalf of the Government and people of the State for your services and to the University.  We wish you success in your future endeavours.

Once again, I congratulate the graduating students and their parents and well-wishers. It is my wish that years from now, you would look back and give back to your alma mater and the society that have made and moulded you into successful and responsible citizens.

Thank you all.

A speech by Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State. Read more speeches

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