Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Ondo State, Nigeria has conferred it’s apex honorary fellowship award on the wife of Ondo State Governor, Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, on the occasion of its 34th Convocation ceremony held at the College Quadrangle.
The fellowship award for gender development and community health bestowed on Mrs Akeredolu is in recognition of her outstanding contributions towards the promotion of girl-child education, women empowerment, and her relentless and remarkable fight against breast cancer as a life-threatening disease in Nigeria through her NGO, Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) which she founded in 1987.
Conferring the award on Ondo First Lady on behalf of the College, the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, said that Mrs Akeredolu’s commitment to empowering young girls in STEM through her BEMORE Empowered Summer Bootcamp for Girls Naija -where many girls have been trained since its inception- and her endless commitment towards bridging the gender gap, have made her stand tall in defending and promoting the cause of the girl-child and women in Ondo state and beyond; hence the honorary award conferred on her.
Responding on behalf of the awardees, Mrs Akeredolu expressed appreciation at the recognition and also commended the provost for transforming the institution to an e-college during his time and also for attracting development partners within and outside the country who have invested heavily towards the promotion of Information and Communication Technology. She further charged the graduands, whom according to her would likely end up in the teaching profession, to keep moulding students that Nigeria would be proud of in the course of their future career.
A total of 12,628 participated in the convocation ceremony, out of which 5752 were conferred with Bachelor’s degree in Education by the affiliated university, Obafemi Awolowo University. 10 out of the degree awardees made first class, 1,436 made second class upper, 3,078 made second class lower, 1,053 made third class, and 175 graduated with a pass degree. 319 graduands were awarded the Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) by the College.
The well-attended event had in attendance the Executive Secretary of National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Prof. Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu; the Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede; the Chairman, Governing Council of Adeyemi College of Education, Prof. N. C. Ohazurike; the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Women Affairs, Mrs Titi Adeyemi; FOWOSO members, traditional rulers, academic staff of the institution, students, and parents of the graduands, among others.