Wesley University Ondo Celebrates Remarkable Achievements at Convocation Ceremony
Wesley University Ondo, located in Ondo State, proudly celebrated the success of its 11th & 12th convocation ceremony, where 38 First-Class graduates emerged out of the 348 graduates. The faith-based university also honored several distinguished personalities with fellows and honorary doctorate awards, including Senate President Senator Godswill Akpabio, Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria Dr. Oliver Ali Aba, and Executive Deputy Governor of Benue State Dr. Samuel Ode, among others.
The convocation lecture, themed “Early Church Fathers as Panacea for Sustainable Development in Nigeria,” featured a thought-provoking address by Dr. John Ujo David, Registrar of Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University Makurdi (JOSTUM) Benue. Dr. David expressed concern about the increasing commercialization and unaffordability of some faith-based universities in Nigeria, noting a departure from the service-oriented values upheld by their forefathers.
The Vice-Chancellor of Wesley University Ondo, Rt. Rev. Prof. Samuel Sunday Obeka, highlighted the diverse activities of the convocation ceremony, starting with a lecture and visits to the Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom. The events continued with a crusade led by the university Chancellor, Snr. Pastor Dr. Paul Enenche, and included the dedication/inauguration of the permanent site gate, the Bishop’s reception, and the awarding of certificates to graduands.
Breaking down the academic achievements, the Methodist Church Bishop revealed that 159 students earned second-class upper degrees, 124 secured second-class lower degrees, 12 received third-class degrees, and 13 passed for their first degree. He emphasized that all degrees offered by Wesley University have received full accreditation from the National University Commission.
Addressing challenges within the education system, Dr. David lamented the compromise of educational values, leading to power struggles, rivalry, and clashes within university systems. He acknowledged Wesley University and a few others as exceptions, free from social malaises, with their graduates contributing meaningfully across various sectors of the economy.
Dr. David expressed hope that the discipline instilled by church fathers in some institutions has fostered core values of tolerance, patience, and meekness, promoting unity and progress. He also highlighted the negative impact of a lack of discipline on Nigerian patriotism, urging a reversal of the trend for the betterment of society.