Seventy six year-old Pa Alimi Olanrewaju Amodu, was among 22, 034 students who graduated from the Lagos State University (LASU) yesterday. Forty one of them made First Class honours in various disciplines.
Aside the best graduating student, Azeez Arisekola, who made a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.76 from Faculty of Engineering, Pa Amodu was the star attraction at the 17th convocation ceremony even as the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Obafunwa acknowledged his accomplishment. After the convocation ceremony, many of the graduands and their parents struggled to catch a glimpse of Pa Amodu while some took picture with him. For over one hour, Pa Amodu was denied access to his children and grand children who also came to grace the occasion.
Amodu, who graduated from the Department of Sociology in the 2008/2009 academic session, was listed on page 90 of the convocation brochure as 22 on the list of graduands who made second class lower division. Already, Pa Amodu who retired from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) is presently dong his Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations at LASU and has vowed to enter for the Ph.D while his eldest son, Gbade and other siblings promised to support him. Speaking at the event, Prof Obafunwa said 22, 034 graduands from College of Medicine,
School of Communication, Faculties of Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Science, Social Sciences and Management Sciences would receive their certificates but non went home with the certificates as promised by the vice chancellor at the pre-convocation briefing. Obafunwa also disclosed that 41 graduates made First Class and gave the breakdown as follows, Faculties of Arts (one),
Communication (seven), Education (three), Engineering (10), Management Sciences (five), Science 13 and Social Sciences (two). On accreditation of courses, the vice chancellor said the Lagos State Government had embarked on infrastructural development and was hopeful that academic programmes that were denied accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC) would regain their accreditation status at the next visit of the commission.