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OAU, Gregory University emerge Nigeria’s outstanding varsities

The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, has emerged the outstanding public university of the year, while Gregory University, Abia State, is the outstanding private university.

The year’s outstanding state-owned university was won by the Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, Oyo State. These were made known at the first-ever Education Awards and Lecture, held virtually on Friday.

According to a statement on Monday by the Chairman, Screening Committee for the SNEAWARDS, Rev. Honey Olawale, the programme was organised by the southwest, northwest and southeast Awards, a Nigerian regional socio-economic assessment body, in collaboration with a South African-based, Africa Skills Centre.

Also, no fewer than 27 dons won the award of outstanding lecturers of the year, while many other distinguished Nigerians emerged as Ambassadors of Education.

At the virtual education award programme, no fewer than 20 professors cutting across various fields, 10 holders of the Philosophy Degree (Ph.D) and several captains of industry, participated.

Other winners at the award programme include, Prof Gregory Ibeh who received the National Education Icon of the year.

The statement added that the Birthright Academy, Port Harcourt, Hallmark Secondary School, Info-Chrystal Land School, Markurdi, jointly won the outstanding schools of the year.

It added that Prof Ladokun Olusola of the Lead City University Ibadan, Prof Ajayi Adetutu of the Augustine University, Prof Babatunde Ajayi of the Federal University of Technology, Akure and about 20 other lecturers were honoured at the outstanding lecturers category.

Members of staff of Brainford Educational Consult, Delizon and ElveeGroup Dr Livinus Nosike, Glory Ajie, Rois Ola and 25 others were also honoured under the category of Education Advancement Ambassadors.

A leading guest speaker at the occasion, the Deputy Senate Leader, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, urged Nigerians to dignify hard work, as it was the only way to enhance humanity.

He said, “While the development of the education sector takes the front-burner in government concerns, the fact remains that it is through a collective effort that we can advance knowledge and grow our national economy.”

Borrofice particularly canvassed the private sector involvement in educational development in Nigeria.

Ighodaro Family, Group Partners To Build Six Classroom Block In Edo

Cross section of Ighodaro family, members of the community and pupils of school completed by Nigerian South South Women Forum, and commissioned by its former president, Mrs Adesuwa Ighodaro Haney of Adagbafi Family

As part of its resolve to give back to the society, Ighodaro family in partnership with the South South Women Forum, Michigan, USA have built and, commissioned a six classroom block in Irhigon community of Uhunwode Local Government Area, Edo State.

Mrs Adesuwa Ighodaro Haney who was the former President of the Association during the project commissioning said, “Education is a right and the children needs to be able to learn in a conducive environment with good facilities.

“Also if everyone can support government things will get better quicker than we expected. Hence the reason the family and the forum contributed this very little quota”.

Elated with the execution of the project, High priest Chief Eghafona Ugiagbe (The Ohen Adagbafi of Irhigon village)
Said, “This is a very wonderful and exciting moment to see that this project is been completed and commissioned.

“We have waited for so long for the government to help us but now a very few individuals and this organisation of The Nigerian South South Women Forum have done it for us. Words are not enough to Express our gratitude but I pray that God almighty will refill your pocket a million times over. And for our daughter Adesuwa may God and Our ancestors continue to bless you and protect you and your household including your association members in all of your endeavors”, he said.

Mrs Adesuwa Ighodaro Haney expressed optimism that the family and forum will execute more projects in the community.

According to her, “We hope to see this village, the school and indigenous people becoming great men and women of industries also that leaders both local, state , national and world shall come from this village”.

Clifford University, the journey so far 

By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu

The axiom that” nothing good comes easy” perfectly fits the story of Clifford University, Ihie in Isialangwa North local government area of Abia State.

The institution owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church has grown from strength to strength. With an initial students population of 80 at inception to over 700 students population currently, there is no better success story to describe the institution’s giant stride.

The highly- elated Vice Chancellor, Prof. Chimezie Omeonu of the university while announcing the events that would characterise the institution’s forthcoming maiden convocation that will span between March 24 to 28, disclosed that not only that the students population of the institution has expanded but the faculties have expanded from initial two to five to accommodate the expanding students population.

What excites the VC most is that the institution in its maiden convocation will be graduating 65 with 11 first class graduates. At Clifford University, other social challenges that characterise and bedevil the Nigerian University system pose no concern. Cult activities are no go areas as students caught involving in such face expulsion.

This has checked cult activities in the institution to zero as there is zero tolerance to this. So is drug addiction as any student caught in this behaviour risk suspension. On the other hand, academic hard work is the hallmark of Clifford University.

There is also zero tolerance for examination malpractice as the penalty attracts suspension. The institution’s strength, according to the VC lies in carving a niche in the areas of law studies and computer, expanding their medical base, and strengthening their entrepreneurial pursuits. Research is another area of their strength. And to achieve this, there is an ongoing research in the institution that would introduce the use of leaves treated with chemicals in the preservation of food. If this happens, the over reliance on refrigerators to preserve food will be reduced.

If one asks about Unique Selling Point (USP) of Clifford University, the answer is not far- fetched- the fees are pocket-friendly other privately owned or missionary tertiary institutions in the country.

ABIA: Ikpeazu honours Sam Mbakwe, renames road after him

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has renamed Faulks Road, Aba, after the Governor of Old Imo State, Late Dr Sam Mbakwe.

This development followed a request made by a student of DANIJOY International Schools, Umuahia, during Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s lecture on “Building a New Nigeria through Democratic Leadership” at the DANIJOY International Schools, Umuahia, during which he said that Late Dr Sam Mbakwe was one of the greatest leaders in the history of The Old Imo state.

Governor Ikpeazu who described public perception as critical to solving to a great extent the myriads of problems facing Nigeria, insisted that the society must learn to appreciate and promote leaders who served the public creditably.

The Governor said that our society must also promote the virtues of honesty, integrity and service, adding that the journey for a new Nigeria is a collective one as everyone is guilty of contributing to the many challenges bedevilling her.

The State Chief Executive also made a case for the inculcation of democratic priciples and norms in citizens from the contact with education as this will help in the reorientating the mindset of the younger generation towards building a society of our dreams.

Governor Ikpeazu equally described early child education as key to the development of the child and called for the inculcation of same into the educational system of the country.

Earlier in an address, the Head of Schools, DANIJOY International Schools, Ambassador Anthony Ororho, said that DANIJOY International Schools is an institution where parents of Igbo extraction living in the Diaspora in particular can bring up their wards in the enviable Igbo tradition with sound moral upbringing and lauded Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for his commitment to bequeathing qualitative education to the state.

In a speech, the Senior Prefect of the School, Jenifer Ogbunamiri lauded the humility and generosity exhibited by the Governor during their recent visit to his country home on excursion and promised that the school will always make Abia State proud in learning and in character.

SEXUALITY: What Men Want In Bed: 10 Ways To Drive Him Wild

Yes, we all know men like getting blow jobs, fantasize about threesomes, and generally just love sex and want it all the time. But let’s delve in a little deeper into what men really want in bed and wish women knew.

What Men Want In Bed

1. It’s All About The Attitude

Guys want to have sex with a woman who is actually into it. Eagerness and enthusiasm go a long way. A lot of women have the attitude that just letting a guy have sex with her is some kind of gift, and guys hate that.

If you are just going through the motions, or doing it out of obligation, as a favor, or because you want something in return, that’s a major turn off.

The ultimate turn on to a guy is being with a woman who is enjoying the sex just as much as he is.

2. Make Him Feel Wanted

Men have a strong need to be sexually wanted. Just telling a man “I want you” can do all kinds of things for his ego.

Letting him know how much you enjoy sex with him also works great. Try telling him, “I love having you inside me.” If you’re too shy to say that aloud, try texting him.

If you don’t want to be that direct, you can let him catch you staring at his butt or any other part of his body that turns you on. Perhaps even touch him more than usual, especially in naughty places.

Objectify him a little, lust after him, and let him know how much he turns you on. You’ll catch him off guard and make him feel like he’s so sexy you just can’t control yourself.

3. Initiate Once In A While

Traditionally, men are the ones who initiate sex. They’re wired that way as a result of their ancient hunter ancestors.

Most men love to take charge and are cool with initiating sex most of the time. But it can get old when he has to be the one to do it every time.

Remember how guys need to feel wanted? When you never initiate sex, your man might start to feel like you’re not attracted to him.

Whisper in his ear how badly you want him inside you, or stick you hand down his pants. If you really want to rock his world, wake him with a morning BJ.

However you decide to initiate sex, it’s guaranteed to make your guy happy because for once he doesn’t have to be the one to do it.

4. Take Control

Although men love to be in charge, they like to be dominated every once in a while too. It can get boring after a while to be the one who is always in control.

It drives a guy wild when a woman grabs him, pushes him down, and has her way with him. A woman who knows what she wants and goes after it is a huge turn on.

If you tend to let your man take control all the time, try turning the tables and taking the reins once in a while. Not only will your man be in for a surprise, but he’ll know without a doubt how much you want him.

5. Confidence Is Key

Confidence is the sexiest trait a woman can have. Whatever insecurities you have, remember that your man is with you because he’s attracted to you and wants to have sex with you.

A woman who can take her clothes off with confidence is much more attractive than a woman who asks her man to turn the lights off first. Men are visual creatures and get off on seeing you in all your naked glory.

If you are uncomfortable, try soft lighting that will hide any flaws you’re stressing over. But in all likelihood guys would never notice those little jiggles or that cellulite you’re so worried about. They’re just so thrilled to be there with you, naked!

6. Be Vocal

Guys love it when you let loose and get loud. A woman who can express herself in the bedroom is a huge turn on.

Whether it’s moaning and groaning or uninhibited screaming, they appreciate the feedback that whatever they’re doing is working. Guys need to know they’re doing a good job. They want to know that they’re driving you so wild that you can’t help but scream in ecstasy.

Throw in a little dirty talk and you’ll send him over the edge! Give him a filthy play-by-play or let him know what you want to do to him next.

7. Give Instructions

Every woman is different when it comes to what they like. Guys appreciate a little guidance on how to pleasure you, otherwise it’s a lot of trial and error on their part.

You are the one person who knows exactly what it takes to get you off, so help a guy out and give him some instructions to set him in the right direction. Don’t be shy about it!

Whether you guide him with sounds or words of encouragement when he’s on the right track, or flat out tell him what to do when he’s not, most guys will be thankful. If you want bonus points, get a little dirty when you’re telling him what you want him to do to you.

A woman who knows what she wants is a turn on. Plus, guys get a lot of sexual gratification from pleasing their partners. Anything you can do to help him please you is a win-win for both of you.

8. Worship Him

For men, sex is very much about feeding their egos. They want to feel desired, appreciated, and worshipped.

And this is why oral sex is so important to men. They are fixated on it so much because they want you to worship their cocks just as much as they do.

The key to giving a mind-blowing BJ is actually enjoying it. Having the power to send your man over the edge with a knee-buckling, thigh-quivering orgasm should make you feel sexy as hell.

Make eye-contact with your man and let him see how much pleasure it gives you to please him. You’ll make him feel like a rock star!

9. Be Adventurous

Men love women who are open to trying new things in the bedroom. Everyone has a different sexual appetite, so be adventurous and willing to try new flavors. It’s boring to do the same thing all the time anyways.

It’s also important not to make a guy feel bad about anything he wants to do. When you’re open to his fantasies, he’ll feel safe to express himself sexually and connected to you on a deeper level.

If you’re not comfortable with whatever it is he wants to do, that’s fine. Just don’t judge him for it or make him feel like a pervert. Negotiate and try to find something that works for both of you.

10. Don’t Fake It

Women usually mean well when they fake an orgasm. They don’t want to bruise their man’s ego so they just let him think he finished the job.

However, you’re actually giving positive reinforcement for something that didn’t work. If your man isn’t pleasing you, tell him how he can. Above all, your man really does want to please you and faking it doesn’t it allow him to be the best lover he can be.

If you know you aren’t going to come and you are ready to finish, you can just tell him. A direct instruction such as, “I want you to come now,” will let him know he’s free to let himself go without worrying about whether it’s been long enough for you.

Gregory University Uturu Set to Launch Centre For Immigration Law Studies

Arrangements have been concluded for the inauguration of the Centre of Immigration Law Studies(CILS), in Gregory University Uturu. The first of its kind in Nigeria, the Gregory University Uturu Centre for Immigration Law Studies is designed to provide sustainable, coordinated and continuing professional education, training and capacity building for officers of the Nigeria Immigration Services on contemporary developments in migration management.

The centre will organise professional workshops for officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service, while serving as a research centre that deploys conferences and seminars to explore and dissect key legal and policy issues on migration management. It is also envisaged that the centre will provide advisory services on immigration law and services.

When functional, the centre will therefore be a key player in the task of formulating standard policies for migration management in Nigeria.

It is therefore against the backdrop of the crucial importance of expatriate engagement and management in the mobility landscape of the Nigerian business environment, and in recognition of the need for institutionized, comprehensive, coherent and experiential learning opportunities in the field of immigration law in Nigeria, that Gregory University Uturu, Africa’s emerging hub of entrepreneurial education and the Nigerian Immigration Service initiated the mutually beneficial partnership which led to the birth of the Centre of Immigration Law Services.

Therefore all roads will lead to Gregory University Uturu on Saturday 13 March 2021 when critical stakeholders and key players in immigration law management will gather for the historic inauguration of the premiere Centre for Immigration Law Studies. Highlight of the event will be the delivery of inaugural lecture by Prof Epiphany Azinge SAN,former Director-General of Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and elected member of Commonwealth Arbitral Tribunal.

Being a renowned expert in constitutional and immigration law, Prof Azinge will be speaking on the topic, ‘Future of Immigration Law and Policy in Nigeria’. In attendance will be the hierarchy of Nigeria Immigration Service led by the Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammed Babandede, MFR, while the Governor of state, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu will be the chief guest of honor. The public is thereby invited to participate in this unique event as all COVID-19 safety measures will apply.

Gov Ikpeazu, Prof Azinge, Babandede to speak at Gregory University inaugural lecture Saturday

The Centre For Immigration Law Studies, Gregory University, Uturu has announced its inaugural lecture billed to take place on Saturday, 13th March, 2021 at 10.30 am.

According to a statement signed by Prince Ebere Nwokoro, Director, Centre For Immigration Law Studies of the University, the Management of the University at the lecture, will play host to Professor Epiphany Azinge San, who will be Guest Speaker.

Professor Azinge is a former Director General, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and an Elected Member, Commonwealth Arbitral Tribunal. He is a leading authority in Constitutional law and Immigration law and will be speaking on the theme: ‘Future of Immigration Law and Policy in Nigeria’ .

His Excellency, Okezie Ikpeazu PhD – The Executive Governor of Abia State will be the Chief Guest of Honour at the event while the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service – Mr Muhammed Babandede MFR will be the Special Guest of Honour.

Dumbfounded Goodluck Jonathan Exposes Prof Ibe

Visits never left them screaming in fear. Instead, they leave with the similitude of a yellow face with small, open eyes and a large, round mouth slack with surprise or shock. And this is no sign of sorrow.

First, it was a former Liberian Vice President, Hon. Joseph Boakai. Then followed a former Vice President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Dr Edward Singhartey. Even Dr Johnnetta Cole,President National Council of Negro Women and former Director of Smithsonia National Museum of Africa Art came all the way from the USA to the same effect. But what did they see that gave them such feelings of awe and disbelief in a relatively unknown village?

Former Senate presidents Anyim Pius Anyim and Ken Nnamani must have thought so too after their visits, without prior “warning,” culminated in positivity.

Former Abia State Governors with their Deputies, and the current executive at the helm are no strangers too. They know Amaokwe Achara, Uturu in Isukwuato Local Government Area. So, it was not surprising they visited too.

Yes it is true that between 2103 and 2020 the serene town of Amaokwe Achara Uturu was blessed with the visit of such distinguished personalities as Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, Sen. Theodore A. Orji, Sen. Orji Kalu, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, Sir Emeka Amanamba and Rt. Hon Udo Okochukwu. What is however puzzling is that their journeys all ended with the puzzling wow expression.

I guess it is the search for answers to this puzzle that prompted newsmen to corner one of the prominent Abia statesmen, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kalu( may his soul rest in peace),who also visited Amaokwe Achara Uturu while he was still alive. And he had this to say:

“After touring the facilities inGregory University Uturu and taking stock of the achievements of the founder and Proprietor, I can say that Prof Gregory Ibe stands shoulder above his contemporaries. I do not doubt that the future is bright. There is no better exclamation to describe the transformation I saw than wow!”

If Ndubuisi Kanu’s observation was a bang, then Goodluck Jonathan’s assertion was a banger. The multiple-award-winning former Nigerian leader came calling last Wednesday and lifted the lid off the mystifying wow.

He also gave insight into the virtues and achievements of Prof Gregory Ibe that the late Ndubuisi Kanu described as distinctive.

“Prof Ibe has shown that with the little God blessed us with, we can change society positively,” Jonathan said after he commissioned and energised a 5MVA 33 KVA electric substation Prof. Ibe procured and installed for his community.

In the words of the former president,”The provision of electricity to an entire community is not a joke. Ibe has shown that he has the heart of gold.”

Of course, it is a known fact that power illuminates life and society and triggers development. But could it be the only reason a relatively unknown village has been playing host to several high profile dignitaries? Certainly not!

There is a changed narrative. The meteoric rise to fame of Amaokwe Achara isn’t by a providential stroke of serendipity. The catalyst is the vision Prof. Ibe has been nurturing since 2012.

According to the Deputy Registrar,Media of Gregory University Uturu, Sleek Ogwo, “the vision that Prof. Ibe has is what triggered the development and gave rise to the kind of infrastructure we have on the ground.”

Perhaps, what provoked the wow exclamation is how a vision that started on a low key metamorphosed into a massive project that is moulding tomorrow’s leaders for Nigeria in all facets and also shaping the future of Nigeria and the African continent in health care in less than 10 years.

“We started with three colleges — Social and Management Sciences, Humanities and Natural and Applied Sciences — in 2012 and subsequently began to acquire so many other programmes and each programme has a specific requirement in terms of infrastructure,” Mr Ogwo said.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Augustin Uwakwe, added, “We have moved from three to 10 colleges. We even have a post-graduate school. We have colleges of pharmacy, engineering, environmental sciences, law, agriculture, education and medicine.”

He said although the Federal Ministry of Health released the FMC, Umuahia, to them for use as part of their teaching hospital, Prof. Ibe did not rest on his oars.

“Just like every visionary leader, Prof. Ibe built an ultramodern pathology block, the best in Nigeria. It is properly equipped to cater to every area of clinical medicine. He did not stop there. He started building our own university teaching hospital in Ezinnachi” he said.

He added, “we have spent over N3 billion to build the best university teaching hospital in Nigeria.”
I know you are tempted to shout wow too. Jonathan did. His forecasts that the teaching hospital will revolutionise health care in the African continent is proof.

“I have confidence in the Chancellor of Gregory University, Professor Greg Ibe when it comes to the provision of quality health care to the people.This 1000 bed teaching hospital is a very ambitious project that will change the face of health care not just in Nigeria but Africa,” he said.
There is no doubt that as Prof Ibe continues to perfect the structural masterpiece known as Gregory University Uturu, all in a calculated bid to transform the institution into the emerging hub of entrepreneurial education, visitors to the host town of Amaokwe Achara Uturu will continue departing the academic city with the signature expression of wow!

ProGIMA-Prof Gregory Ibe Media Associates.

PHOTOS: Former President Jonathan Visits Gregory University Uturu, Commends Prof Greg Ibe

The Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu Prof Gregory Ibe has been commended for being a selfless agent of transformation. This commendation was made by the former president of Nigeria Dr Goodluck Jonathan recently during a visit to the University.

Speaking while laying the foundation stone of the institution’s 1000 bed Teaching hospital complex at Ezinnachi, Dr Jonathan lauded Prof Ibe for his famed commitment to healthcare. In his words, “I have confidence in the Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu, Prof Gregory Ibe, when it comes to the provision of quality healthcare to the people. This 1000 bed teaching hospital is a very ambitious project that will change the face of healthcare not just in Nigeria but in Africa”.

While appreciating Prof Ibe’s examplary commitment to societal transformation, the former Nigeria number one citizen however advocated for increased governmental support for private sector driven projects and called on state Governors to attract more private sector investments to their states by creating enabling environment and evolving mutually beneficial partnerships.

During the visit, Dr Goodluck Jonathan also commissioned a 5MVA 33KVA Transformer, that was procured by the university management for the purpose of supplying electricity to Uturu and environs. The former president also performed the re-dedication of the university auditorium (which incidentally is named after him), and was conferred with an honorary doctorate degree in public administration during an extra ordinary convocation ceremony that formed part of the itinerary of his one day visit.

Speaking while commissioning the electric transformer, Dr Jonathan again lauded the magnanimity of Prof Ibe, saying, “Prof Gregory Ibe has shown that with the little God blessed us with, we can change the society positively. The provision of electricity to an entire community is not a joke. Indeed Prof Ibe has shown that he has a large heart”.

He therefore encouraged Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to partner Gregory University Uturu in ensuring achievement of the purpose for procuring the transformer.

Addressing the extra ordinary convocation ceremony, Prof Ibe paid glowing tributes to Dr Jonathan for providing the enabling policy framework as President that encouraged the establishment of many institutions of higher learning, including Gregory University Uturu.

According to him, “when I caught the vision of establishing a world class university that would deliver ethically and morally sound professionally trained entrepreneurs to the global world of work, i was partly inspired by the policy direction of the then Yaradua/Jonathan presidency, which through their ‘Seven Point Agenda’ built on the good legacies of President Olusegun Obasanjo in the education sector. It is therefore not surprising that on assuming office as President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan’s ‘Transformation Agenda’ became a major boost to education, since he implemented a gradual increase of budgetary allocation to the sector from 8.43% in 2011 to an all time high of 10.68% in 2015. Till date that record remains unbroken. It was under this enabling environment that I started the process of securing government approval for this university. I was therefore not surprised when on 28 February 2012, under the watch of His Excellency Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we were granted provisional license to commence the university”.

In a Goodwill message, the Governor of Abia state, who was represented by his deputy, Rt. Hon. Sir Ude Okochukwu, posited that education remains the trigger of development and praised Prof Ibe for the vision of establishing Gregory University Uturu. Pledging the sustained partnership of Abia state government with management of Gregory University Uturu, he counselled students of the institution to pursue excellence in their academics, while shunning all forms of deviancy, stressing that with knowledge and skills acquisition, they can rule the world.

Highlight of the ceremony was the conferment of honoray doctorate degree in Public Administration on the former president in the presence of a large gathering of eminent personalities including the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Col Milliad Dikio(Rtd.) and former Vice President of ECOWAS Commission, Dr Edward Singhatey.

Sleek Ogbonnaya Ogwo(ANIPR)
Deputy Registrar,Media & Public Relations
March 4, 2021.


Goodluck Jonathan Bags Honorary Doctorate Degree from Gregory University, commissions 1000 bed capacity teaching hospital+PHOTOS

Nigeria’s ex President, Goodluck Jonathan has been conferred with an honorary doctorate degree by Gregory University Uturu, Abia State.

Jonathan, who was conferred with an honorary doctorate degree in Public Administration at a special convocation of the University, had earlier participated in the rededication of the school’s main auditorium which was named after him.

He also performed the foundation laying ceremony of a 1000 bed capacity Gregory University Uturu Teaching Hospital Complex located at Ezinnachi, Imo State, and commissioned a 5MVA electricity transformer procured by the Chancellor, Prof Gregory Ibe, for the purpose of distributing power to Uturu and environs.

While speaking at the convocation ceremony held at the Goodluck Jonathan Auditorium in the school, he urged Nigerian universities to aspire to produce the kind of workforce that would advance the nation’s economy on a sustainable basis.

He also emphasised that the universities should serve as hubs for technological innovation, adding that for the country to remain competitive, it must make reasonable contributions to the global body of knowledge, as it pertains to science and technology.

His words: “We must strive to make our universities, solution camps, and ideation grounds. Grounds for the formation of creative minds. Places that produce people pondering on solving the next mankind’s greatest challenges.

“Our universities must function as citadels for purpose-driven human development and hubs for technological innovation.

“For us to make sustainable progress, they must serve as institutions for research, discovery and development of transformative solutions that will reduce hunger, poverty, and unemployment.

“Nations that stand out today as very peaceful, prosperous, and stable are those with well-established educational systems.

“For this reason, every progress-minded society must make conscious and pragmatic efforts to build a proper education system that develops the capacities of its people because education serves as not just the gateway to prosperity but a peacebuilding mechanism.”

The former President further charged the students of the university and all others across the country to work hard to make their years on campus count.

“You must justify the investments made by your parents and guardians by making yourself relevant in the search for solutions to society’s challenges.”

PHOTOS from the event: