Godfrey Okoye University’s 11th Convocation Highlights Call for Youth Inclusion in Democracy Dividends
The recent 11th convocation of Godfrey Okoye University in Enugu witnessed influential figures urging Nigerian politicians to prioritize the equitable distribution of resources and opportunities, particularly benefiting the nation’s youth. The Chancellor of the University, His Grace Most Rev Dr. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, and Archbishop of Abuja, emphasized the importance of fairness and inclusivity in delivering the dividends of democracy to the vibrant army of young people in Nigeria.
Addressing the graduates, Archbishop Kaigama urged patience in facing challenges while entering society and emphasized the rejection of violence and criminality. He reminded them that dialogue and enlightened behavior are essential for success, while violence and criminality are counterproductive.
The Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees, Prof Bartho Okolo, praised the institution’s commitment to greatness and its role as a catalyst for transforming universities and graduates into a knowledge-driven force for a modern 21st-century nation.
Bishop Callistus Onaga, the Promoter of the University, hailed the miraculous growth of the institution and commended efforts to elevate the status of its teaching hospital. The Pro-Chancellor, Prof Christian Okeke, expressed confidence that the graduates, having imbibed the values of Catholic education, would exhibit a distinct mentality and attitude in their workplaces.
The Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, lauded the university’s emphasis on entrepreneurship education and pledged continued support for its educational initiatives. Meanwhile, the best graduate of the convocation, Somtochukwu Obi, expressed gratitude to the university’s management for the quality education received and promised not to disappoint their alma mater.
With over 400 graduates receiving certificates, the convocation also saw two eminent Nigerians being conferred with honorary degrees. The event drew attendees from various parts of the world, showcasing the global significance of Godfrey Okoye University’s commitment to education and inclusivity.