The authorities of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, have offered automatic employment to the overall best graduating student of the institution.
The immediate appointment for Funmilayo Ogunkomaya was announced at the 8th convocation ceremony of the university on Monday by the Vice-Chancellor, Oluyemisi Obilade.
The best student, who studied Biology, received eight categories of awards at the well-attended ceremony.
Addressing the gathering, the Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Obilade, declared that, the university could not afford to lose the academic and moral qualities of the graduand, hence, the need to have her as an employee of the institution.
“This one is our own, and we have to retain her. She is a pride of our school, and I must also rejoice with her parents,” Mr. Obilade said.
The VC appealed to all graduands to always ensure they maintain academic and moral qualities acquired from the universities anywhere they find themselves.
In a related development, the university honoured Stella Adadevoh, the heroic Nigerian female doctor who died in 2014 after contracting the Ebola virus from a patient.
Mrs. Adadevoh was the first Nigerian to die of the virus, and her decision to risk her own health and intervene in the case, is believed to have saved more lives.
She was honoured with a post-humous award.
Similarly, a retired banker, Lawrence Aina, bagged an honorary award as Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) in Business Education at the university convocation, for his contribution to educational development.
Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Mr. Aina, a former President of Chartered Institute of Bankers, called on citizens not to sit on the fence, and watch the educational system of the country going into extinction.
“And you don’t have to be a politician, governor or President to help your people. There are much more opportunities to serve humanity than being a governor or President. I have private initiative that is reaching out to people. Nigerian citizens should put pressure on political class to perform, the political class have failed us,” Mr. Aina said.