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23-year-old graduand, Ojelade Islamiyat Adenike emerged as the overall best graduating student at the just concluded 18th convocation ceremony of The Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, Ogun State.
With an outstanding CGPA of 3.89 the graduate of Science Laboratory Technology (SLT), Islamiyat whose parents are petty traders and native of Ibese town in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, proved that education for the girl child is not a waste but a worthy investment that is assured of deserving victory and commendation.
The Rector, Arc. Olusegun Aluko in his welcome address stated that, the graduands are the 35th set of the institution numbering 3,028 both at National and Higher National Diplomas (ND and HND), out of which 171 made distinction, 965 upper credit, 1,394 lower credit and 498 made pass.
In his words, ‘‘Out of these graduands, one of them stands tall as the overall best student. She is Ojelade Islamiyat Adenike (HND graduate of SLT Department, Biochemistry option)’’. He went on to state that, ‘‘This is one of the shining lights of the future and it is our belief that she, like all our graduates would be good ambassadors of this great institution wherever they find themselves. We are sending you out as problem solvers and solution initiators. We expect you to take up the courage to apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired as nothing can be done in life without courage’’.
The Rector added, ‘’this occasion marks the beginning of another endeavour in your life. It is the foundation upon which you have to build the edifice of your career. We do not pretend to have given you a career, but we assert seriously and positively with maximum force at our command that we have given you solid foundation conditioned to weather all storms’’
Prof. Abubakar Sadauki, the Chairman of the institution’s Governing Council offered automatic employment to the overall best graduand, Miss Ojelade Islamiyat Adenike. He made the announcement on Tuesday at the occasion of the 18th Convocation Ceremony for the Award of National Diploma and Higher National Diploma held in the school. He congratulated Islamiyat for her outstanding performances, just as he appreciated her colleagues who have successfully completed their courses of study.
He said in his welcome remarks, “I am sure that today all graduands will feel fulfilled at the successful completion of their academic pursuit”. “I want to passionately advise you graduands to think more of how to stand on your own by being job creators, rather than job seekers that maybe long in coming your way. I wish, therefore, to equally appreciate parents and guardians of these graduands for giving them all the necessary support that got them to this important level of their professional and academic lives”.
The graduand, in her convocation speech on behalf of her colleagues stated that, “we all accomplished one of the major milestone of our lives. This is the major step in the journey of our lives, one that should be recognized for its immense significance. It is an act not only of personal commitment, but also one of pride. We all worked hard to get to this day, and it paid off”
“Graduation is not an end goal itself; it is instead a mean to an end. Life is a journey, and all accomplishments we achieve during its course should be taken as starting points for further achievements. Our graduation should serve as a launching point, projecting us to wherever our future are meant to take us” she stated.
She went on to express her joy over the feat, and also called on all graduands (herself inclusive) to be good ambassadors of the institution, and urged them to make the most use of the entrepreneurship training the institution gave. She also thanked her parents, family, lecturers and friends for the support and unrelenting efforts in impacting and imparting knowledge, and for selfless services given to her throughout her academic days in school.
The School Officer, School of Pure and Applied Science, where Islamiyat graduated from, Mariam Egbeyemi, in an interview said about the best graduand, ‘The best graduand of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State Islamiyat Ojelade, I have known her for a long time, she is of good behaviour and I am saying this because I know her, I am the School Officer of her faculty. I am also the matron of an association which she belongs’, Egbeyemi said.
Miss Islamiyat is not just the academic type as she is also known for her remarkable leadership and volunteering roles during her stay in school. She served as, TIMSAN FPI Muqadamah (2017/2018), Ogun State TIMSAN General secretary (2017/2018), Executive Vice president (Projects) at Junior Chambers International of Nigeria (JCIN), FPI (2017/2018), Clerk of the legislative arm of Student union (SRC) FPI SUG (2017/2018) Director of Health, Welfare and Socials, JCIN FPI (2016/2017) to mention but a few of her extracurricular commitments.