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IT is common knowledge that academic activities at the tertiary education level is often disrupted in this country....
IT is common knowledge that academic activities at the tertiary education level is often disrupted in this country. This is due to several factors like strikes by lecturers, students demonstrations and cultism.
Effect of all these came out last week during the 4th graduation ceremony of Westminster College Lagos. With much hesitation, the Proprietor, Chief Johnson Barovbe, disclosed that more and more graduating college students are opting to study in Ghanaian universities. This is because in Ghana, the students can be sure they will complete their academic programmes as scheduled.
He said that three of the graduating students have obtained admission to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. While the college held its graduation on 12th July 2006, one of the graduating students had arrived Ghana on 28 June 2006. The University of Legon, also in Ghana, has granted admission to the students, Chief Barovbe added.
He disclosed that British, American and Canadian universities are also preferred to Nigerian universities, by the graduands.
The cheering news from Chief Barovbes address is that private universities have been giving parents and students opportunity to get admission without offering bribe to anyone.
This is why those who want admission on merit often go to Covenant University Ota, Babcock University and Bowen University, Iwo.
Chief Barovbe said that the college had engaged in extra curricular activities during the last academic year. For example, the students visited Badagry where they saw the relics of the slave trade. The college also took part in educational competitions at Chrisland School, Idimu. They also played football match with St. Francis School, Idimu. Chief Barovbe thanked Deacon Gamaliel Onosode, the chairman, Board of Governors, for his support for the college, especially for the prize of N10,000 cash given to a brilliant student each year. Earlier in his address as special guest of honour, Professor Sam Oyovbaire, former Information Minister, had advised the graduating students to always be of excellent behaviour.
The graduation ceremony afforded the college an opportunity to give awards to staff who have excelled in the discharge of their duties. The names of the staff that received awards are Mr. John Abubakar (Kwame) Assistant Cook; Mrs Mary Aniobi Assistant Cook; Mr. Appeal Ashiebeko Chief Security Officer; Mr. O. Duru Driver; Mr. Kehinde Taiwo Driver; Mrs P.S. Kehinde Matron; Mr. S.O. Nwabuwe Examination Officer; Mr. B.I. Etoh Teacher; Mr. O.A. Oladipupo Teacher and Mrs J.E. Zuokemefa Secretary.
A total of twelve students graduated. Eight of them have already secured admission to higher institutions in and outside Nigeria. The graduands and the higher school they will be attending next session are stated below.
Adegboh Oludare Lagos State School of Nursing; Chimezie Harriet-Bronke College, Canada; Nwagwu Chieluka Kwame Nkruma University of Technology Ghana; Salubi Dafe Babcock University Ota; Oguike Emeka Gone to USA; Oyesanya Lekan Gone to USA.
Highlights of the graduation ceremony include cultural dances and drama presentation.
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