Identical twins, Taiwo and Kehinde Olude, are among seven graduands that will be awarded first-class degrees at the 8th Convocation ceremony of Glorious Vision University (GVU), (formerly known as Samuel Adegboyega University), Ogwa in Esan West Local Government Area of Edo.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Adewumi Idowu, announced this at the pre-2022 convocation press conference held at the institution on Tuesday, saying the twin sisters achieved the feat in different departments — Economics and Chemical Sciences.

“This is the first time we are having twins graduate with first-class degrees in the same academic session.

“Since inception, GVU has produced six sets of graduates with a total number of 670 undergraduates, eight postgraduates and nine Honorary Doctoral Certificates.

“And by the grace of God, this year, we are producing 101 with seven (7) graduating with First Class honours, 33 with Second Class (Upper Division), 46 with Second Class (Lower Division), seven with 3rd Class and four Postgraduates.

“One of the uniqueness of 2022 graduating class is the set of twins from the Olude family, both graduating with First Class honours.

“Taiwo Abigail Olude emerges the best graduating student from Economics Department and Kehinde Mary Olude also emerges the second best student from the Department of Chemical Sciences.”

Idowu said the institution had continued to maintain high academic standards, emerging recently as the best among the private universities in the South-South.

He said that the change in the name of the university was necessitated by the burning desire of the proprietors, The Apostolic Church Nigeria, LAWNA Territory, to go back to the name that was divinely given to the Church through prophecy in 2005.

“Owing to some administrative red tape, the University was registered and licensed as Samuel Adegboyega University on March 7, 2011, as the 45th private University and 117 overall in the Nigerian University system.

“Since the first NUC accreditation in November 2014, all the programmes of the University have continued to enjoy full accreditation status to date.

”Happily, the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 2021 announced Glorious Vision University among the top 48 universities in Nigeria and among the best 23 private universities in the country.

“We have taken concrete steps to do better in the next ranking.

“We have also had six consecutive and two special convocations since inception. To the Glory of God, this is the 8th convocation ceremony.

“Among the 13 indicators that were analysed which include Universities with Full Accreditation, percentage of programmes, knowledge economy, among the private Universities in the South-South, our University came first,” he said.

He said that the management had applied to the NUC to approve the commencement of PhD in all the programmes in the three Colleges that had produced Master’s Degree graduates.

Idowu named the colleges as Management Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences, and Basic and Applied Sciences.

“The University awaits NUC’s approval after the verification visit for the programme to fully commence,” he said, adding that “the University through the Centre for Research and Development of Esan land (CERDEL), has commenced Certificate and Diploma programmes in Esan Language.”

“We realize that the Esan Language is one of the languages that may go Into extinction if drastic actions are not taken to sustain it.

“As such, the university has drawn up curricular to help in the development and teaching of the language to both children at home and in the diaspora through virtual learning.”

The VC explained that the institution enjoyed a cordial relationship with the host community, hence had extended some of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects to them.

He said that over the years, the management had engaged in some CSR projects, which include the extension of borehole water to the community by locating fetching points directly in front of the University gate.

Idowu listed others as, employment of qualified indigenes when there are vacancies; annual scholarship through payment of WAEC fees for 20 candidates from Ogwa Grammar School, the host community Secondary School; and participation in the social and cultural activities of the community like the Ikhuen festival when invited.

“For the past three years, the university, through the Mass Communication Department, has been embarking on what we call the ‘Uniform the Child’ project.

“Over the years, the University has bought uniforms, school sandals and stockings for over 1200 students.

“This year, the gesture was taken beyond the host community to include other neighbouring communities. This action has further strengthened the cordial relationship between the communities and the University.

“Worthy of note also is the fact that the University has also taken this relationship to the palaces, as we actively participate in the festivals and anniversaries of the kings in Esan land whenever we are invited,” he said.

Idowu announced the institution’s introduction of 100 per cent and 50 per cent tuition rebate programmes in its quest to make quality education accessible to many and in line with the founding fathers’ vision.

“It has approved 100% tuition fee for B.A. Religious Studies and B.A Philosophy and 50% tuition fee for B.Sc. Mathematics, B.Sc. Physics and B.Sc. Statistics effective from the 2021/2022 academic session.

“Parents, children and wards are therefore encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity to develop themselves in their chosen careers.”

Part of the activities lined up for the 8th convocation ceremony include a convocation lecture on Thursday, with the theme “The 21st Century Emerging Jobs; Imperative for a new paradigm of University education.”

Prof. Isaac Rotimi Ajayi, the Vice-Chancellor, of Wellspring University, Benin, will deliver the lecture at Pastor John Aluko Babatope Hall of GVU, to be followed by the award of First and Higher Decrees, Diplomas and Prizes on Friday.

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