Vice President Yemi Osinbajo spoke at the 60th anniversary ceremony of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, in Osun Mutter, on December 11, 2021. Tolani Alli/Mutter HouseVice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday expressed optimism that younger Nigerian graduates can present alternatives to the supreme challenges confronting the nation.
He made the observation while speaking at the 60th anniversary of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, in Osun Mutter, in conserving with an announcement signed by presidential spokesperson, Laolu Akande.
The Vice President, who used to be the Special Guest of Honour at the convocation ceremony of the University, stood in for President Muhammadu Buhari as Customer, and used to be accompanied by the Osun Mutter Governor, Gboyega Oyetola. While the Ondo Mutter Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, delivered the Convocation Lecture at the match presided over by the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Dr. Yahaya Abubakar, as Chancellor of the University.
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Essentially based completely on the VP, while younger Nigerians, in particular the OAU graduands, stood on the shoulders of enormous ladies and men ahead of them, the onus is on their technology to “take care of the supreme considerations that confront the sector, and our nation.”
“And it is mountainous and modern solutions that can clear up those considerations. You maintain to confront the considerations of local climate swap and an international attractive some distance from fossil fuels, and also you are going to usher within the age of renewable energy and green alternatives,” the Vice President acknowledged.
He added that this technology of younger Nigerians are equipped and might well well well proffer alternatives within the areas of education, agriculture, health care and security.
“Yes, the challenges are huge, but you are successfully equipped to resolve them; and the evidence is there… Since 2016, despite two recessions, younger Nigerians maintain constructed 6 unicorns; a unicorn is a firm that is valued at over one billion bucks,” he explained.
The VP added, “You would possibly well well take care of the failings of feeding, instructing, providing healthcare and jobs for the fourth greatest inhabitants within the sector in a few a long time. We’re going to want smarter Agric alternatives to feed the massive numbers, technology is already helping to crowd-fund Agriculture and develop more prolific seedlings.
“You would possibly well well confront the necessity to vastly reinforce our public and scientific healthcare. We must create on the work of the Genomic Centre at Ede, and the local vaccine manufacturing efforts going on already and create local tablets for an total bunch of hundreds and hundreds of Nigerians.”
In education, while noting that the sector wished plenty of fresh alternatives, including designing guidelines on how to educate hundreds and hundreds even originate air of classrooms, the VP acknowledged that “there are a bunch of younger ladies and men already doing huge things utilizing technology to reach younger folks in some distance flung areas with education.”
The Vice President added that the usage of technology and increase in nationwide policing would additional abet the nation address its security challenges.
“The insecurity considerations we are experiencing, the upward push of terrorism in plenty of parts of this super nation and get trusty of entry to to widespread weaponry by non-verbalize actors uncover us that we ought to be smarter in policing the nation, utilizing smooth drones and surveillance equipment. The politicization of importation of fingers tells us that we must develop our appreciate fingers.
“Already Proforce, led by Ade Ogundeyin, is manufacturing APCs and MRAPS of their factory in Ode Remo and exporting. So are Imperium, and the authorities-owned DICON (Defence Industries Company of Nigeria) producing diverse forms of munitions. The lengthy bustle is smooth weapons making the most of A.I. and machine finding out,” he acknowledged.
Prof. Osinbajo then praised the vision of the University’s founders and management in driving the academic excellence for which the Obafemi Awolowo University is famous, an establishment, which he acknowledged has produced huge thinkers and leaders trusty via its historical previous.
Copiously quoting the slack fable, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, for whom the college used to be renamed, the VP recalled that “Chief Awolowo, for a few years Chancellor of the University, gave some of essentially the most memorable and consequential lectures on the political financial system of Nigeria; and addressed some of its most indispensable considerations, including the crucial of democracy, nationwide financial construction, ideology of governance and nationwide census figures.”
He also seen that OAU used to be very worthy earlier than its time when it named its scientific faculty, the College of Health Sciences, and its engineering faculty, the College of Technology.
Commending the achievements of plenty of alumni of the college over time, Prof. Osinbajo narrated how US-basically basically based mostly Prof Oluyinka Olutoye, an alumnus of the college of health sciences won “global recognition when he led a team of surgeons, to successfully employ a 23-week-earlier dinky one out of her mom’s womb, eradicated a tumour and returned it to the mom’s womb where the injuries from her operation healed and she persevered to grow until she used to be born, the second time at 36 weeks.”
He also seen that “not surprisingly, the early leaders in tech and tech-enabled corporations were alumni of OAU’s Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering; Segun Ogunsanya, CEO of Airtel Africa, and Karl Toriola, CEO of MTN Nigeria. One other Astronomical Ife Alumnus and manufactured from this identical department, Prof. Akintayo Akinwande, who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is thought to be one of many sector’s most revered professors of electrical engineering and computer science.”
Most lately, in conserving with the VP, “one other alumnus of the Electronics and Electrical engineering department. Leave out Funke Opeke, made global investment news when Equinix, the worldwide conglomerate announced that it used to be buying MainOne, the firm she basically based, for $320 million.”
Persevering with on the feats of OAU Alumni, Prof. Osinbajo recalled that he had “the pleasure of assembly with Professors Adesuyi Ajayi and Femi Babalola, every OAU alumni, when they undertook ground breaking overview and scientific trials into the skill employ of Ivermectin as a prophylactic and cure for COVID-19.”
Other necessary OAU alumni and lecturers mentioned in diverse fields of endeavours incorporated Segun Osoba, Sesan Dipeolu, Toye Olorode, Oladipo Fashina, Segun Adewoye, G.G. Darah, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina (President of the African Construction Bank), Dr. Okey Oramah (President of Afrexim Bank) and Prof. Toyin Falola, the eminent historian now of the University of Texas at Austin, USA.
He also infamous OAU’s fresh technology alumni, including Nairaland’s Seun Osewa; Jobberman’s Olalekan Elude, Ayodeji Adewunmi and Opeyemi Awoyemi, amongst others.
The VP added that “it used to be while aloof instructing here also that Prof. Wole Soyinka obtained the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. Nonetheless less successfully known is the incontrovertible truth that he used to be also a lecturer at the University of Ife, Ibadan Campus, within the early 1960s.”
The Vice President congratulated the graduands, who were doctoral candidates bagging their Scientific doctors of Philosophy degrees. He also congratulated the 2 honorary doctorate recipients at the Convocation: the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, and infamous business multi-millionaire, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo.
Essentially based completely on him, the calibre of honorary graduands at the ceremony used to be testament to the University’s excessive requirements.
Paying tributes to the college of the college, the VP, himself a professor, paused “to celebrate my colleagues in academia, the massive scholars, and honest lecturers who create up the faculties here at the OAU; you are the thought leaders at a historical second, whose huge task is to information the present and aid the future.”
His speech also highlighted the strategic dreams of the Nationwide Construction Belief 2021-2025 as including organising a stable basis for a diversified financial system, investing in indispensable infrastructure, vitality and broadband, enabling human capital construction and improving governance and strengthening security.
Incidentally, the VP also infamous that “thought to be one of many crafters of the Belief, Ambassador Yemi Dipeolu, the Special Adviser to the President on Economic Issues, can be an alumnus of OAU, while his father, Mr. Sesan Dipeolu of blessed memory, used to be Ife’s first African librarian.”
Prof. Osinbajo acknowledged “there is worthy to prove and masses of news to uncover; reports of the institution itself and a bunch of implausible successes of its alumni; reports of the triumphs of human endeavour, the primacy of solutions, the artistic power of the introspective thoughts and the vitality of vision.”
In the thought of the Vice President, “OAU is and remains to be very worthy a bastion of progressivism and innovation, and never surprisingly you are going to rep the phrase “Aluta against all oppression” within the Astronomical Ife anthem. This progressivism is evident within the outlook of group of workers and college students alike.”
Original at the Convocation were eminent Nigerians, authorities dignitaries, top officers, primitive rulers, lecturers, group of workers and college students.
At the tip of the Convocation, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Eyitayo Ogunbodede, conducted the VP and diverse dignitaries spherical an arts exhibition to commemorate the match.