By Ige Adekunle
Eighty-One students of Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State, have graduated with First Class Degrees in the 2019/2020 academic session.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Jeremiah Ojediran, said on Saturday during the institution’s 12th convocation that they were part of the 1,026 students graduating from the session.
Four hundred and fifty others graduated with Second Class Upper degrees; 336 with Second Class Lower degrees, 58 with Third Class, while 101 bagged Postgraduate degrees.
He said the university applied a robust e-learning platform for students during the COVID-19 pandemic, which assisted the institution in the completion of the 2019/2020 academic session.
“The university is working tirelessly on notable research and improving its facilities as well as infrastructures so as to become a world class institution.
“In addition, the management has also provided enabling environment for staff and students to exhibit their potentialities and contributed to national development,’’ he said.
The vice-chancellor reiterated the institution’s commitment to providing top range societal changers that would contribute to development of human capital in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.
Ojediran congratulated the graduates and urged them to imbibe good attitudes, discipline and make positive changes as well as strive to leave positive legacies behind wherever they went.
Former President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Dr Kola Jamodu, who was conferred with Honorary Doctorate Degree (D.Sc. Honorius Causa), lauded the management of the university.
He urged universities to embrace technology to install smooth learning platforms in the country.
Jamodu, also a member, Board of Trustees of the institution, said that there was need for the country to engage in mass local manufacture of goods.
He said this would create employment opportunities for the youth.
He called on the Federal Government to support manufacturers by providing enabling environment through reduction of tariffs.
Jamodu also pledged to continue to contribute to the orderly growth and development of the university.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Miss Gbemisola Alimi, a graduate of the Department of Accounting, College of Management Sciences, emerged the best student with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.95. (NAN)