By Eric Elezuo
A leading Nigerian private university, the Lead City University, situated in Ibadan, Oyo State, has once again scored another first in its quest to remain one of the most sought after private universities in Nigeria and globally. In a most colourful event on Thursday, November 8, 2018, the great citadel of learning turned out 838 well trained and prolific graduates from various academic disciplines. The number is categorized under 70 post graduate students and 768 graduates.
In his address at the occasion, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Kabiru Adeyemo, disclosed that Ogunsanya Oluwatomisin of the Department of Psychology, with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.96 and Azeez Raheem, of the department of Accounting, with a CGPA of 4.86 emerged best graduating students.
He further tasked the graduates on hard work, charity and selfless service to humanity in addition to shunning corruption, nepotism, fraud and other vices.
In the event, which boast of elevated roll call of academic giants including Chancellor of the university, Professor Gabriel Ogunmola; Chairman, Governing Council, Professor Jide Owoeye; and Chairman, Board of Trustees, Emeritus Professor J. B. Aladekomo, the Chief of Staff to the Delta State Governor, Mr Tam Brisibe was awarded the university’s honorary doctorate degree of Science (Governance and Public Administration).
In his keynote address, Brisibe encouraged Nigerians to be at the forefront of solving the country’s problems instead of joining the bandwagon of those dwelling on the ills of the society.
While admonishing the graduates on perseverance, he frowned at ethnicity and religiousity, he called on Nigerians to put the nation’s interests first before anything else.
The Lead University, currently in its 11th academic session, was established in 2005, and anchored on the vision to be the centre of excellence, a unique, urban-based University, specialising in Social Sciences, Law, Applied Sciences, Information and Communication Technology.
The school is approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria. It has graduated nine sets of students, not less than 5000 in number
The school offers various programmes suitable for both the young adolescents and adult working class. It indeed recognises the need to accomodate the time constraints to individuals and therefore, provides flexibility by allowing for a choice between part-time & full-time study schemes.
Programmes are offered by specialized faculties in Social Sciences & Entrepreneurial Studies, Information Technology & Applied Sciences and Law.
To ensure that the University remains at the forefront of the latest development in the field of Information Technology and Management education, it has developed optimal access to data, Information and Knowledge through state-of-the-art Computer Facilities, Inter Linkage, Electronic Library, Audiovisual Aids and Student-friendly course materials.
It is consequently no wonder that the motto of the university is “Knowledge for Self-reliance”, coined in recognition of the power of education to challenge inequality in the quest to have access to resources for entrepreneurship and self-reliance.
In about 13 years of the school’s existence, it has produced professionals that have held their own in the society, contributing their quota to the socio-economic development of the nation. Not only that, exhibiting high level of moral discipline across boards. It is not by accident that the school is called LEAD.
Among the graduates this year (2018) are 41 first class graduates and others.