UNIOSUN holds virtual convocation ceremony

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The Osun State University on Monday conducted its virtual convocation ceremony, becoming the first public tertiary institution in the country to do so.

During the ceremony, it graduated 1946 students with various degrees.

The institution awarded 35 First Class degrees to deserving graduates during its 9th convocation ceremony for 2020.

The Osun State Governor and Visitor to Osun State University, Gboyega Oyetola, in his speech, challenged universities in the country to lead Nigeria out of the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the entire world.

He also charged the institutions to look inward and invest more in research, innovations and technologies as a permanent way to prepare the world for eventualities that may come in the future.

Addressing the participants, Governor Oyetola said the time had come for the leadership of the nation’s tertiary institutions, particularly universities, to prove their strength in finding solutions to the myriad of challenges confronting the country.

In the same vein, the Pro-Chancellor and the Chairman Governing Council of Osun State University, Yusuf Ali charged the Federal and the State Governments to increase the level of fundings to the universities for research and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure development.

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Yusuf explained that COVID-19 had provided a rare opportunity for Nigeria universities’ academics to join the bandwagon of other universities all over the world.

According to him, “For us as a University, it was as if we saw this current pandemic in a crystal ball. Serious effort in the last two years had gone into the development of our ICT infrastructure on all the campuses and this act of foresightedness had made it possible for the University to conduct the first ever virtual Uniosun 9th Convocation, the first of its kind among all the higher institutions in Nigeria.”

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