MATRICULATION ADDRESS ON 14 MARCH, 2018 BY EMERITUS PROFESSOR AYO BANJO
WHAT IS A UNIVERSITY?
I should like to thank the authorities of the new University, and particularly the Chairman of its Board of Trustees, Emeritus Professor Ladipo Akinkugbe, for this honour of addressing the first ever Matriculation Ceremony of this University. I should also like to thank the proprietor of the institution, Chief KolaDaisi, a close friend of many years, for this outstanding gift to the nation. The value of the gift can be realized when one considers how much it costs to run a University in spite of, and beyond, student fees. My prayer is that the nation may benefit in perpetuity from this magnificent endeavor, and that chief Daisi’s vision may be fully realized. .
This being the first ever Matriculation Ceremony, I thought it might be worthwhile to devote the few minutes of this address to trying to answer the all-important question: What is a University? Specifically, what does this institution stand for, and what were you, privileged students, hoping to gain from it by coming here? Let me hazard a guess. Some of you may be here because you thought that, after a brilliant career at the secondary school, the university is naturally the next destination. They may not have given much thought to what to do with the education they get from the university unless, of course, they have been admitted for one of the professional courses, like Medicine, Law or Engineering. This explains why some students change courses if they are not admitted for the course of their first choice. The important thing, for them, is simply to be enrolled at the university.
Some of you are here to improve your chances in life, and this is a legitimate expectation. Most employers these days ask for a university degree, even a good university degree. It is therefore important to have a university degree. Things have even got so difficult, and jobs for first degree holders have become so scarce that many students go on to enroll for Masters degrees. As a result, there are hordes of students enrolled for Master’s degree with the wrong motive and orientation. Eventually, perhaps, students will enroll for the PhD en masse because they have nothing else to do. I shudder to think what would be the value of such PhD’s. .In order to achieve this, you are expected to:
- Exhibit good work ethics, accountability and productivity.
- Be punctual and regular at work
- Be at your duty post during working hours
- Be exemplary, disciplined, committed and dedicated to duty
- Be good role models to our students
- Help popularize and populate KolaDaisi University
- Join in efforts to ensure peace, harmony, security and discipline on our campus
- Join in the crusade for enhanced revenue generation and plugging of wastages and leakages
- Be prudent and judicious in the use of University materials and properties
- Cooperate fully with Administration and be part of the day to day running of the university.
On our part,
- We will pursue proper orientation and reorientation of the human resources in all ramifications to enable you deliver on results
- Newly recruited staff will be made to undergo proper training and induction as to what working in a University entails
- We will define clear and achievable goals, objectives and expected outcomes based on your office or position
- We will embark on periodic training and retraining to enhance capacity building, skill acquisition and required competencies.
- We will provide needed facilities and resources to perform the assigned and designated tasks and duties.
Let us shun eye service or hypocrisy, perform our duties with good will, diligence, honesty, dutifulness and a good mindset. I therefore challenge you to let us talk together, work together and play together so together we can place KolaDaisi University in the enviable academic position she is expected to be.Thank you for your attention.
Prof. K. L. Ayorinde