By: Kayode Afolabi
It was celebration galore yesterday as Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State matriculated 384 fresh students into the institution, with a call on them to be creative during their stay at the University.
The event which was the 13th since the inception of the institution, was graced by the Pro-Chancellor Hon. Dr Bode Ayorinde, Vice Chancellor Engr. Prof. Tunji Ibiyemi, Acting Registrar Rev. Canon Oladimeji, the Bursar Mr D. O Farinre, and the Acting University Librarian, Mrs D. C Ogbuiyi among other dignitaries and parents of matriculants.
In his speech, the Guest speaker and Alumnus of the institution, Mr Kayode Bankole Akomolafe spoke on the topic: “CREATIVITY: THE ULTIMATE TRAIT FOR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE”, admonished the students to utilize every time any opportunity they have to achieve their aim
“To our distinguished matriculants, to say you are one of the luckiest individuals on earth to be allowed to begin your academic pursuit in Achievers University will sound like flattery, a quick way to ice the cake regardless of its taste state or shape, indeed, this university is a potter’s shed.”
Akomolafe noted that, “creativity, as defined, is the use our imagination or original ideas to create something.
“It is simply inventiveness, the world we now live in thrives on the creative minds and ideas of men and women who are not necessarily geniuses, those who despite their physical, mental, social or intellectual challenges are bold enough to defy the odds and make a message of hope from the mess life offered to them.
“I will like to note that creativity has nothing to do with your sex either male of female, as all are equal in God’s hands, it makes room for any and everyone who employs, explores and is determined to make exploit through it.
“Make the best use of every time and opportunity it affords you, invest wisely knowing that whatever a man sows he will reap, trust in God with all your heart and do not be wise in your own eyes, acknowledge God in all your ways” Akomolafe admonished.
In his remark, The Pro Chancellor of the institution, Dr. (Hon) Bode Ayorinde congratulated the new matriculants, charging them on the need to be transformed from their former level to a new level.
“To be a student of the university is a transformation process from secondary school to tertiary institution, when you admitted and you are through with your studies, it is a transformation process.”
Ayorinde said, “one essential thing in the transformation process which is responsibility of our lecturers to do the needful is discipline”
The Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. (Engr) Tunji Ibiyemi, said it is the 13th Matriculation ceremony since the Inception of the citadel of knowledge adding that, it is thing of joy to be celebrated positively
Ibiyemi also urged the newly admitted students to imbibe the habit of reading always, and study efficiently for them to achieve great feats in their academics.
In a seventh heaven mood, one of the matriculated students, Temitope Grace, expressed that she is happy to be a student of the institution, adding that she is ready to abide with laws and ethics of the institution that are all in the school’s Handbook.