Osun State University has graduated 1,946 students during a virtual convocation of the institution, the first of its kind in the history of the country’s public universities in Nigeria.
The institution awarded 35 First Class to a total of 1,946 graduates during its ninth convocation ceremony for 2020, held on Monday.
Osun State Governor and Osun State University visitor, Gboyega Oyetola, in his speech, challenged the country’s universities to lift Nigeria out of the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.
He also commissioned institutions to look inward and invest more in research, innovations and technologies as an ongoing way to prepare the world for eventualities that may arise in the future.
Addressing the participants, Governor Oyetola said the time had come for the leadership of the nation’s colleges, particularly universities, to demonstrate their strength in finding solutions to the myriad challenges facing the country.
In the same vein, the pro-chancellor and president of the Governing Council of Osun State University, Yusuf Ali, commissioned the federal and state governments to increase the level of funding for universities for research and development of technology infrastructure information and communication (ICT).
Yusuf explained that COVID-19 had provided a unique opportunity for academics from Nigerian universities to join the train from other universities around the world.
According to him, “For us as a University, it was as if we saw this current pandemic in a crystal ball. In the last two years a great effort had been devoted to the development of our ICT infrastructure on all campuses and this act of foresight had made it possible for the University to carry out the first 9th Virtual Uniosun Call, the first of its kind among all Higher Institutions in Nigeria “.
The institution’s vice-chancellor, Professor Labode Popoola, revealed that the university awarded 35 of the First Class graduates out of 1946 during the ninth convocation ceremony for 2020.