The former president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr
Goodluck Jonathan has expressed appreciation to Senate for
considering his family worthy of double honours. He said this
during his speech after his investiture as the “Icon of Democracy”
at the 35th and 36th convocation ceremony of the university which
held at the auditorium on Saturday 1st September, 2018.Dr
Jonathan also thanked Senate for naming the automated library
after his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan. He said that he attaches
importance to recognitions coming from home because he believes
that no prize commands higher value than the one given by the
beneficiary’s direct constituency. He congratulated the VC, Prof.
Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele and his team for their vision and the tact with
which they have steered the university in the right direction, turning
it into an institution to beat in its class. The immediate past
president emphasized that it is one thing for a committed
government to provide the needed resources and another thing for
those running an institution to commit the funds to good use. He
also commended the visitor to the university, Governor Nyesom
Ezenwo Wike for his good works and commitment to the growth of
the institution and learning generally in Rivers State adding that his
unusual development stride is no fluke. Dr Jonathan stressed that
it is evident in the numerous projects that are across the state and
added that he is happy with what the Governor has achieved within
a short time. He congratulated the graduands for their success and
expressed appreciation to their parents and guardians and charged
them to be the best ambassadors of IAUE. The former president
lauded staff for their roles in developing the youths and urged
them to place emphasis on academic excellence and character to
make university education complete and worthwhile. According to
him, learning can only be complete if it factors in morals, character
and ethical values as essential qualities to be imbibed by graduates
stating that leaders who make substantial investment in education
do so to ensure that the country produces the right kind of human
resources to drive its economy to the desired end. He described
his visit as homecoming having served as a lecturer in the
Department of Biology from 1984 to 1994 with much satisfaction.
He however regretted that the country is yet to get to the point of
paying teachers the wages that they deserve.

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  1. Noted

  2. Good post

  3. ok nyc

  4. Yap

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