As part of the one-week programme to mark the first convocation of Federal University Oye Ekiti, graduating students of Faculty of Engineering of the university were on Friday April 28, 2017, inducted into the Nigerian society of Engineers (NSE)

These students graduated from the first five departments of engineering established in the university these are: Civil Engineering with eight inductees, Electrical Electronics Engineering with fourteen inductees, Material and Metallurgical Engineering with seven inductees, Mechanical Engineering with seven inductees and Mechatronics Engineering with six inductees

In all forty one graduands were inducted into the society, including Okeowo Oluseyi who graduated with first class honours in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and was best graduating student.

Highlights of the occasion were the formal induction exercise conducted by the president, The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Otis Oliver Anyaji, who was represented as well as speeches and addresses delivered by some important personalities.

Representing the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Somerekun, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof R .A Omolehin described Ikole campus as the salt of the university as it hosts the edge which FUOYE has over its sister universities in the form of a Faculty of Engineering. According to him, none of the other eleven universities established at the same time as FUOYE in 2011 has an engineering faculty. He also revealed that Faculty of Engineering qualifies FUOYE to benefit from the Petroleum Trust Development Fund, PTDF, and announced that the faculty would benefit in the upcoming facility upgrade. He thanked the ruler and people of Ikole community for their unflinching support to the university.

The Vice Chancellor, who thanked God for the grace to be part of a historical landmark, was happy to see the graduation come true, noting that the induction offered them the platform to become corporate members of the society.

He disclosed that the number of departments in the Faculty of Engineering had risen from five to seven, and would still increase, based on the understanding that Engineering drives technology.

The vice chancellor promised that all the university’s programmes would be accredited by the relevant accreditation bodies and vowed that by the time NUC comes in November 2017; all FUOYE programmes would have been accredited.

He commended the Faculty of Engineering for preparing the inductees and NSE for its effort in ensuring that the Engineering profession is adequately guided to weed off quackery.

The guest lecturer and motivational speaker Adebayo Adeyinka reminded the inductees that about 1.8m graduates enter the labor market annually. He therefore called on them to make a difference so as to carve a niche in the robust economic market. According to him the difference between the developed and developing economies is innovation, which he defined as including all processes by which ideas were generated and introduced in the society.

The Regional Manager, Fidelity Bank, who is also a motivational speaker held the audience spell-bound as he unfolded the basic technological indices that create developed and underdeveloped economies. Mr  Adeyinka listed  three items that were key to innovation as application of information, use of imagination and use of  initiative. According to him, imagination could denote that ‘the image you form in your head produces the nation you want”.

He therefore urged the inductees to apply the knowledge they had, and reminded them that knowledge was useless without application. The speaker revealed that to innovate, one must ask questions, not stop learning and go digital since technology now rules the world and simplifies processes.

According to him, a nation that shuts its children from asking questions will continually wallow in superstition. The outspoken  lecturer who thrilled the audience with facts  and figures of the  indices  of underdevelopment challenged the inductees “to take us into the future or we remain on this spot for a longer time” Amidst a standing ovation, he charged the inductees never  to take short cuts but to develop  a culture  of  excellence ,never to pursue money  but to look  for a problem to solve. Money, he said, would come when a problem is solved

Earlier in a welcome address the Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Prof B. A. Alabadan, had noted that the occasion had been another history in the life of the young university. He had disclosed that Faculty of Engineering offered courses in seven departments with the philosophy of producing “skilled manpower adequately furnished with the comprehensive information required for engaging  in engineering in an environment characterized by deficit  technical power utilized population in ICT” He had solemnly declared that in the Faculty of Engineering had a mandate to train students to be creative, innovative and seek self-employment.

The Elekole of Ikole opined that the occasion was in celebration of the handworks of the  first vice chancellor of FUOYE  and the first dean Faculty of Engineering , Prof Chinedu Nebo and Prof. Chris Bolu respectively, who both worked assiduously to ensure that the Faculty of Engineering was established. He reminisced on the history of “turning a bush” into an academic environment and thanked all who keyed into the humble services of the two hardworking professors to make the history possible  Speaking in Yoruba the Elekole requested for the consideration of the members of his community in job and admission offers. He then charged the pioneer inductees to remember their alma mater and the town that housed them while they were in school.

Four worthy citizens were also awarded honors for meritorious service in their different careers. They were Engr. Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, Prof. Jeremiah Oludele Ojediran, Prince Babajide Kosoko and Chief Jimoh Aliu

The Theartre and Media Arts students of FUOYE thrilled the audience with their mastery in drum beating.

 

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