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Oyetola, Aregbesola urge varsities to build character

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Osun State governor, Gboyega Oyetola, and his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola, have urged Nigerian universities to promote character and create values in the society.

They also emphasised the need to prioritise the fundamental objective of the institutions, which is providing solutions to societal problems by championing productivity.Speaking in Osogbo at the eighth convocation ceremony of Fountain University, the duo advised graduates to do away with the mentality of seeking white collar jobs, but apply the skills acquired in the course of their studies to be self-sustaining, self-reliant and self-independent.

Aregbesola was awarded an honorary doctorate degree. Oyetola, who described university as citadel of knowledge and character acquisition, called on Nigerian universities to ensure teaching and learning of character.

According to him, the worth of any certificate is premised on the character of the owner; hence the need for the universities to be the bulwarks of morality, character and virtues.“Make the university proud by being her good ambassador; don’t be in a hurry to make money. See your certificate as requisite to change the world.

“You must begin to multiply yourselves by applying the skills you acquired in the course of your studies for greater productivity,” Oyetola added.After being conferred with Doctor of Letters degrees (honoris causa), Aregbesola urged the graduates to imbibe hardwork, productivity and character.

Pro-chancellor and chairman of the council, Vice Admiral Jubrila Ayinla (rtd.), said the university impacted the lives of the people in the state meaningfully, as manifested in several solutions it provided on societal challenges since its establishment.


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