Wife of the Edo State governor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki’s has urged parents and guardians to give proper quality education to their children, especially the female to enable them to contribute to the development of the society.
She said, if good and quality education is given to the women it would enable them to participate actively in politics and bring the needed change to the state and society.
Mrs. Betsy Obaseki made the statements at the second combined convocation ceremony of Wellspring University for the conferment of degrees and award of prizes in Benin city Edo State.
She advised the graduating students to go into the world and use the knowledge they have acquired to affect the people and the society in general. She said, through them, Nigeria will become great.
According to the governor’s wife, Nigeria is a country blessed with human and other natural resources that would make the country great.
In his address, Vice-Chancellor of the Wellspring University, Prof. Taiwo Olusegun Omobuwajo, told the graduands to showcase what they have been taught in the labour market and try to positively affect the society.
Prof. Olubuwajo also appealed for the support of all well-meaning Nigerians for the rebuilding of the school library that was gutted by fire and reported in the news and other social media platforms.
“The Library Complex, and the Television studios belonging to the Department of Mass Communication were gutted by fire on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. We lost everything in the library and studios.
“We give glory to God that no life was lost. We need the support of all well-meaning Nigerians and our friends and associates to help the university in rebuilding, re-stocking and re-equipping the library, and the Mass Communication studios,” the VC pleaded.
The University Chancellor, Pastor Itua Ighodalo, said the school lost close to N750 million to the fire that razed the library and appealed to governments and other kind hearted individuals to come to their support.
Pastor Itua Ighodalo also appealed to the federal government to reconsider its stand on providing funding assistance to private Universities.
“The situation of most private universities in Nigeria is becoming more worrisome. Considering the critical nature of private Universities in nation building, I wish to appeal to the federal government to reconsider its stand on the important issue of providing funding assistance to private universities.
“The government should allow private universities to access TETFUND on single-digit interest rate or set up Education Intervention Fund as it has done with other industries.
“This university suffered the fire disaster that razed the twin building housing the University Library and the Television and Radio Studios. I appeal for the assistance of well-meaning and spirited individuals, corporate bodies, fellow universities and government to rebuild the complex, re-equip the Mass Communication studios and re-stock the Library,” the Chancellor stated.
In hi address, the pro-chancellor, Daniel Isimoya, said there have been many trials and temptations with the most recent loss of the library complex, noting that their strategic focus is to embrace modern ICT based learning technology, to improve on infrastructural facilities.
The university graduated 284 students at the ceremony and conferred honorary degrees of Doctor of Science (Hon. D. in Managements) on three prominent Nigerians.
The awardees were Major-Gen Charles Ehigie Airhiavbere (rtd), Major-Gen Umaru Mallam Muhammed, and Dr. Oluwagbemiga Oyebode, MFR.