The former governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke, yesterday showered encomiums on the Vice-Chancellor and management of the Godfrey Okoye University, for imbibing in the students basic practical business knowledge to achieve success in life.
Duke, while delivering the 4th convocation lecture at the university auditorium donated $10,000 for the best graduating student of the institution.
He described the university as “one of the most impressive private university in the country”, applauding the rapport existing between the academics, staff and students, which he noted created the most conducive atmosphere for learning.
Speaking on the topic “This is Your Time and Season”, Donald Duke urged students of the institution to spend time and discover the unique qualities and talents imbedded in every one of them that could add value to life and try hard to put such into use immediately.
According to the former governor, “the essence of university of education is to acquire the desired knowledge that will uplift the society.
He stressed that “our world today is a school based on every brain and untrained brain is a drain to the society”.
The lecturer advised the students of the university to work hard as citizens of the country, stressing that opportunities about, “only that we need to work hard to fish out those that can make a positive difference in our lives and humanity”.
He added: “Nigeria is a virgin land waiting to be exploited. He who dares, wins!”
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Christian Anieke stated that the university Governing Council and Senate are working out strategies that would provide opportunities for graduating students be gainfully employed through inculcating practical training in various trades like hair dressing, masonry, carpentry, among others, in their curriculum.