By: Omojola Mayowa
It was certainly a time of enlightenment and educative session yesterday Thursday, 30th March 2017 at the Ekiti State University Main Auditorium.
The University had the convocation lecture marking the fourth day of the programme in the events listed for the 22nd Convocation of the school which commenced on Monday 27th March 2017.
The Convocation Lecture which had in attendance dignitaries from the State and Nationwide among which are: the guest lecturer; Chief Wole Olanipekun, Pro-chancellor and Chairman Governing Council; Prince Dayo Adeyeye,Ogoga of Ikere Ekiti, the Speaker Ekiti State House of Assembly ably represented by his Deputy, Nigeria Bar Association representatives, Delegates from Ajayi Crowther University, Reputable Personalities from University of Ibadan.
Also in attendance are the university principal officers ranging from The Vice Chancellor; Prof. Samuel Oye Bandele, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics); Prof. O. B Ajayi, DVC (Development); Prof. I. O Oluwaleye, The Registrar; Barr. Arogundade, Bursar, Librarian, Deans of Various Faculties, Directors of various institutes, distinguished Professors, Doctors, other teaching and non-teaching staff and responsive students of the university.
Interestingly, it was a moment of learning when the guest lecturer, a foremost legal icon; Chief Wole Olanipekun, OFR, SAN, LL.D, FCIArb, FNIALS mounted the stage to deliver his lecture titled: BREAKING THE JINX- THE CYLICAL NATURE OF NIGERIA’S PROBLEMS.
The foremost legal icon in his 100 paged lecture book stated that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 does not represent the wishes, thinking, yearnings, vision, mission, ideas, ideals, and values of Nigerians and that most of the problems be it corruption, decaying infrastructure, lack of institutional framework for governance, nepotism, avarice, greed, mediocrity etc are plaguing us today because of the deceitful constitutional arrangement which has been put in place to govern us.
In his advice on how to build enduring institutions, he mentioned that the Nigerian leadership should consciously make political offices less attractive and reduce the allure of elective offices. The legal luminary concluded his lecture by reawakening Nigerians of the urgent need to mount a valiant effort at rearming, reorienting, reinvigorating and redeeming our country from the boundary of the abyss, crafting for it a new purpose, not just for our sake but for the sake of generations yet unborn.
Thereafter, the University Vice Chancellor; Prof. Samuel Oye Bandele gave his remarks by appreciating the guest lecturer for coming who he said to be a lawyer of good reputation, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman governing council; Prince Dayo Adeyeye who is also a lawyer, journalist, and a politician in his own words emphasized the reliability and uniqueness of the guest lecturer after which he said “Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) is the foremost lawyer in Nigeria at present.
The presentation of the gift to the Guest Lecturer was done by the university management and also by the Law Student Society, Ekiti State University Chapter ably led by Fajulugbe Oluwatomisin which brought the event to a close after the vote of thanks was given.
Credit: EKSU-SU Press