UNIMED holds 4th convocation ceremony as Gov Akeredolu congratulates management for uninterrupted calendar .
– Steve Ovirih.
Nigeria’s 1st specialized Medical and Health Sciences University, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo City has celebrated the 4th convocation ceremony of the ivory tower.
The convocation held at the main bowl of the Odosida campus of the University in Ondo City and was witnessed by the visitor to the University, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN , CON, Ondo State Governor , who was represented by the Honourable Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Pastor Femi Agagu. Others from the State Executive Council at the convocation were Dr Banji Awolowo Ajaka, Commissioner of Health, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education and Superintendent Officer in charge of Tertiary Education, Dr Olawumi Ilawole, Special Adviser on Health , Prof Adedayo Francis Faduyile, OON and others. Also In attendance was the Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Dr. Victor Kiladejo and The Osemawe in Council.
In the Convocation Lecture delivered by the first female convocation Lecturer of the University, Mrs Kofo Akinkugbe, she challenged the graduating students to get set to find success beyond the classroom now that they have successfully been found worthy in learning and character, noting that unlike the analogue years she graduated into 36 years ago, there are wide array of knowledge and information available through the digital space in the present time that they are evolving from the four walls of the University classrooms to the outside world.
On her frank take on the giant strides at Unimed, the Guest Lecturer said, ” through close interaction with the University hierarchy on the Olu Akinkugbe Pharmacy Education Trust ( OAPET) Board, I have been privileged to see the tremendous strides taken by the university in the quality of teaching and research , physical infrastructure, the character of students and community relevance during its relative short existence. I congratulate the University’s Governing Council, Management, Faculty, students and Ondo State in general for this remarkable achievement .
” In particular, I congratulate the graduating health professionals and scientists for their successful accomplishments and wish them every success as they embark on building their careers for the future,” Mrs Kofo Akinkugbe,OON, noted.
She charged the graduands to always remember that the classroom was a preparatory incubator , stressing that the real difference would be defined more by how the knowledge acquired would be applied to build a future.
Mrs Kofo Akinkugbe charged the lucky graduands to uphold good values, maintain strong and beholding personality, to possess courage and determination in their constant pursuit of excellence. While urging them to be hardworking , she stressed that they should focus on leadership always and strive to see their desired destination ahead of others in a clear cut vision.
Gov Akeredolu, the visitor to the University represented by Pastor Femi Agagu congratulated the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi and the management for running an uninterrupted academic calendar even when the national ASUU strike that spanned 8 months crippled the University system in Nigeria in 2022.
Gov Akeredolu promised 250 million Naira fund support for the Olu Akinkugbe Faculty of Pharmacy construction project in the university.
Governor Akeredolu noted that it is important to rethink funding for university system as a public private partnership approach , adding that government alone cannot continue to fund the education system. While congratulating the graduating students, the visitor noted that they have graduated from a university with a cutting edge Medical and Health Initiative , charging them to go to the world and make good ambassadors of their Ivory tower.
University of Medical Sciences, Ondo City in its 2023 convocation ceremony graduated students from its nine Faculties and Post Graduate School .
Recipients of Faculty and subject prizes among the graduating students were Akindiose Rachel Temitope – Dean’s Prize for Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Martins Favour Temiloluwa – Dean’s Prize Faculty of Science, Ibitoye Henry Babatunde- Dean’s Prize for Facvulty of Medical Rehabilitation and others.