The Governor of Ogun State, His Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun has offered immediate employment to the best graduating student, Halimat Abdulsalam at the 11th Convocation of Crescent University, Abeokuta.
The university which prides itself as Citadel of Academic and Moral Excellence was founded by the former judge of the International Court of Justice, His Excellency Judge Bola Ajibola in 2005.
The 23-year old Abdulsalam who emerged from the Department of Biochemistry, College of Natural and Applied Sciences garnered the Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.93 ahead of other 413 graduands, the best ever to be achieved by any valedictorian of the university.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Eng. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, Abiodun emphasized that his government would continue to lift the education status of Ogun State through partnership with educational institutions.
In a related development, the Alake of Egbaland, Their Royal Majesties Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo and the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu were conferred with Doctor of Science (honoris causa) in Public Administration, Mass Communication while Dr AbdulRahman Hamad Altamami of Riyadh Ministry of Education bagged Doctor of Letters in Islamic Studies.
In his acceptance speech on behalf of other honorees, Oba Aremu Gbadebo underlined that globally, university education was to sharpen the intellect of its beneficiaries and with it, they could get to the highest level in life, urging them to be good ambassadors of their Alma Matter.
Eulogising the vision of the Founder/Proprietor, His Excellency Judge Bola Ajibola who sold virtually all his assets to start the university one and a half decades ago, Oba Gbadebo added that "we will see what we can do individually for this university".
In a related development, authorities of Crescent University, Abeokuta have reacted to online reports headlined "Crescent University convocation turns violent as angry parents beat journalist, curses management", stressing that the reports were at best biased, subjective and unbalanced.
A release by the public relations office stated that both the alleged parents and the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC) reporter Jumoke Onafowora arrived the Bola Ajibola Auditorium venue of the convocation about two hours behind deadline set for graduands and guests to have seated.
The release noted that " all over the world, universities have rules and regulations guiding their ceremonies especially on punctuality, timeliness and conduct. Crescent University is not an exception in this academic culture. All students, parents and their guests had earlier been notified that they must be seated by 9.30 a.m. before the procession of the university chancellor at 10 a.m.
"We are appalled that the journalist in question, had, according to the report, struggled with 'the parents' to gain access into the convocation hall around midday, more than two hours after the deadline, whereas an alternative comfortable 500 seater Marquee under which there were large screen TV monitors projecting the programme had been adequately provided for those who arrived late", the release stated.
The release posits that "since our vision was not only academic but with moral rectitude, no guest, including the journalist in question could have been allowed by the security staff after procession of the chancellor and even representative of the governor had been seated and the programme was already halfway"
The university also lamented as unethical, sensational and judgmental the rush to the press by the said journalist without contacting any official of the institution for balance and fairness of the story.
"Preliminary investigations have revealed that no bona-fide parent was involved and that the people with which the aforementioned journalist had a brawl were most likely to be gate-crashers, touts and miscreants disguised as parents since important ceremonies are usually besieged by such people to beg for money and curry favour with dignitaries", the release concluded. It further stated that the University has a virile Parents Forum with established two-way communication channel though complaints and concerns are addressed.
The university therefore enjoined journalists and other Nigerians to embrace the culture of punctuality and orderliness in all they do.