Prof. Kayode Adebowale, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan has commended Dr Ifeoma Bibiana Okoli, the first female visually impaired to bag a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the institution’s Department of Special Education.
Adebowale, who gave the commendation in his address at the 73rd Founder’s Day and convocation ceremony of the institution, in Ibadan on Wednesday, said that Okoli’s tenacity, which made her achieve the rare feat, was worthy of commendation.
Adebowale, who started out by commending the governing council, management and staff members of the university, added that the council had successfully midwife the appointment of five principal officers in three months.
He urged all the 481 candidates who bagged doctorate degrees in various disciplines to raise the bars wherever they found themselves and be good ambassadors of the institution.
The nation needs many like you who can provide feasible and practical solutions to the complexities that it is grappling with,” Adebowale said.
In his address at the occasion, the Visitor to the university, President Muhammadu Buhari, said that his administration had given priority to the education sector, especially tertiary institutions.
The president, who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Mr Chris Mayaki, noted the roles of the private sector in providing quality education in Nigeria.
He said his administration would increase budgetary allocation to education by 50 per cent in the next two years and 100 per cent over the next five years.
In his address, the Sultan of Sokoto and Chancellor of the institution, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, sued for peace among those who vied for the position of the 13th vice-chancellor in order to move the university forward.