10 students get first class at Veritas University
About ten out of 180 graduands came out with first class degree at the combined fourth and fifth convocation of Veritas University, Abuja.The institution’s vice chancellor, Prof Michael Kwanashie, who disclosed this during the ceremony said the 10 graduands, have distinguished themselves both in terms of quality and performance,
The vice chancellor of the Catholic-owned institution reiterated the university’s commitment to providing all round quality education to Nigerians, especially the poor and assured that they would not compromise on standard despite the increase in its running cost as the church has provided the necessary subsidy to cushion the effect of the rising cost.
On his part, the institution’s Chancellor and Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese, Cardinal John Onayeikan restated that education is key to development
“Education remains the royal path to personal and national development. No amount of investment in education is a waste. We must continue to invest in the sector as parents, organization and government.
“Let me reiterate that education is not an end but a means, it is not the filling of a bucket but the enkindling of a fire or the lighting of a candle,” he added.
Also, the Pro-Chancellor of the university, Archbishop Anthony Obinna said the university was a project, which has come to stay.“We are producing graduates who are contributing meaningfully towards political, moral and socio-economic rejuvenation of the society; one which has become alienated and enmeshed in the culture of materialism and consumerism.
Council would continue to strive within available resources to provide the basic needs that would motivate the staff to offer quality service and create the atmosphere for students to study and learn.”
The overall best graduating student from accounting department, Mary Ukanike tasked the students to be focused and hardworking.“There is a saying that if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. As a student, you must make maximum use of your time, I agreed that hard work pays and with it there is nothing that says you cannot succeed.”
Earlier at the institution’s convocation lecture, former governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke, said human beings continue to exhibit lack of knowledge in the issues of God.
Speaking on the theme of the lecture, “We the creatures and the Lord of all creation,” Duke noted that the creatures we dismiss and deride as the least of all creatures have proven to be smarter and more attuned with the will of God than the human specie,” he said.He tasked the graduating students not to trifle the great work of God by being mere onlookers but strive to be change agents.