Governor Abiodun offers MTU best graduating student N1m, automatic employment
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has offered N1million and automatic employment to the best graduating student of the Mountain Top University (MTU), Ibafo, Ogun State, Daniella Oluseyi.
Abiodun disclosed this after delivering the convocation lecture at the joint convocation ceremony of the university.
The governor lauded Daniella for pursuing excellence with faith, knowledge and resilience, while encouraging her to do more.
The 20-year old, who graduated with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.96 in Economics for the 2020/2021 academic session, broke down in tears when she heard the governor’s reward.
In his lecture titled “Quest for excellence: The nexus of faith, knowledge and resilience,” Abiodun tasked the graduands to be involved in politics and be interested in the development of the nation.
He said: “Our youths represent the future, we will continue to focus on the intellectual development and health improvement of our young people. That is why we are making the requisite investment in the future by providing them with tools in the areas of employability and enterpreneurship.”
Abiodun urged the MTU management to ponder on how to aid youth development and empowerment to help indigent students attend the institution by making room for work-study programme, as it’s obtained at Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijebu Ode.
The vice chancellor, Prof Elijah Afolabi, charged the graduands to shine brighter, irrespective of where they find themselves. He said the university has done its bid and handed them a touch of excellence.
He said: “You are a product of all positive efforts invested in your academic journey and the ease that comes with God’s grace. This, however marks the start of another journey for you. Over the years, you have been equipped with the spirit of excellence and the world awaits your manifestation.”
The Chancellor and General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), Dr. Daniel Olukoya, advised the graduands not to stop learning.
Olukoya said learning is rigorous and demanding, but its fruit is sweet and rewarding to those who have paid the price.
“We stand at the edge of a critical period where resilience, discipline, critical thinking, innovation and creativity are required to solve human problems. I am glad that we have taught you and imbibed in you all this skills. Don’t forget what you have learnt here and make sure you put them to use.”
Olukoya noted that the university emphasised skills development for students and made it mandatory for them to learn to play a musical instrument.
“I am proud to note that you cannot graduate from MTU without learning a vocation. You also learn a musical instrument and foreign language. What it means is that you cannot be hungry,” he said.
At the event, wife of the Chancellor, Mrs. Sade Olukoya, was conferred with honorary doctor of letters (D.Litt), while Oluseyi got N500, 000 Mrs. Olukoya’s prize for overall best graduating student and the 44 first class graduates received N250, 000 each.