Even as the Federal Government’s National Development Plan 2021-2025 aims to chart a path for the county’s future, Nigeria’s young generation can find solutions to present and future local and global challenges, with the right ideas, innovation and application of technology, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Prof. Osinbajo, who was speaking yesterday at the 60th anniversary of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, in Osun State, also told the graduating class that the future belonged to them, urging them “to pay attention to it.”
The VP, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the convocation ceremony of the University, stood in for President Buhari as Visitor, and was accompanied by the Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola.
According to the VP, while young Nigerians, particularly the OAU graduands, stood on the shoulders of great men and women before them, the onus is on their generation to “deal with the biggest issues that confront the world, and our nation.”
He added that this generation of young Nigerians are equipped and could proffer solutions in the areas of education, agriculture, health care & security.
The VP congratulated the graduands, who were doctoral candidates bagging their Doctors of Philosophy degrees. He also congratulated the two honorary doctorate recipients at the Convocation: the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, and well-known business tycoon, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo.
According to him, the calibre of honorary graduands at the ceremony was testament to the University’s high standards.
Paying tributes to the faculty of the university, the VP, himself a professor, paused “to celebrate my colleagues in academia, the great scholars, and fine academics who make up the faculties here at the OAU; you are the thought leaders at a historic moment, whose great task is to guide the present and inspire the future.”
At the end of the Convocation, the VC of the University, Prof. Eyitayo Ogunbodede, conducted the VP & other dignitaries around an arts exhibition to commemorate the event.