A total of 215 students of the Covenant University, Ota in Ogun,were conferred with First Class degrees at its 2018/2019 convocation on Friday.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Aaron Atayero, performed the ceremony during the instititution’s 14th Convocation and the Conferment of Honourary Doctorate Degrees, and Presentation of Prizes.
The event took place within the institution’s campus in Ota.
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.
Miss Ajia Motunrayo, a student in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, College of Engineering, emerged the best student with a Cumulative Grade Point Average( CGPA) of 5.0.
NAN reports that this was the first time that the institution would be attaining such a feat, the closest being the 2016 convocation where Master Winner Deji-Folutile from Department of Architecture had 4.97.
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 institution is committed to supporting and encouraging research and development works aimed at providing innovative solutions to societal problems and enhancing the quality of life as enunciated in the Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs) agenda ,” he said.
The V-C said that 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.
Atayero also said that 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 blackman.
Also speaking, the Chancellor of the Institution, Dr David Oyedepo, said that there was the need for Nigeria and other African countries to properly fund education so as to achieve meaningful development.