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The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of Caleb University, Imota, Lagos, Prof. Fola Tayo, has bemoaned the level of moral and character decadence in the country, blaming this on society where character has been eliminated from the national dictionary and willfully removed from the culture. The council chair, who said the university system was not immune from the challenge, however, noted that Nigerian citadels of knowledge were filled with men and women of no character because of the country’s focus on certificate and money. Quoting one of his friends in the United Kingdom, he said: “Nigeria is a most unfortunate country under the shackles of despicable leaders who are wanted for terrible financial and drug in the United Kingdom and the United States.”

He disclosed this yesterday during the Eighth convocation of Caleb University, a private university located at Imota, Lagos State, tagged the release of “Amethyst Graduating Class of 2018, where no fewer than 398 graduating students received their scrolls for the award of first degrees and 79 postgraduate.

The Best Graduating Students Nya Antonia Crystabel of the Computer Science Department led the pack with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.81 points. The highpoint of the ceremony was the conferment on the Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) of the university on two eminent Nigerians, Prof. Toyin Falola from the Univerrsity of Texas in Austin, United States and the business mogul, Dr. Goodie Ibru, President of Lagos Sheraton Hotels. In the breakdown, according to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Akandiji Daniel Aina, 23 students graduated with First Class. Despite the poor character at all levels of the country, Prof. Tayo appealed to the graduating students to initiate the much coveted true change, not the deception concocted by the politicians. Meanwhile, the former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) charged the 2018 graduating students to maximise their entrepreneurial spirit towards building the country.

Okebukola, who is also the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the institution, lauded the university for making conscious efforts at setting global standards in quality education and its entry into postgraduate education with first doctorate programme, recently approved by NUC. “We appreciate the NUC for providing the enabling environment where Caleb University, while other leading universities in the country are creating the needed impact,” he said.

While congratulating the graduating students, he said the university had invested so much in the training the students, and that it was time for them to invest their creative energies in solving the problems of the society. The Chancellor of the university, Brigadier General Mobolaji Johnson, who was represented by the Vice-Chancellor, urged the graduating students to think about what they can do for the country to move it forward and not what the country can do for them.

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