Octogenarian, Pa Amodu Alimi arguably became the oldest graduate of Lagos State University(LASU), last Thursday, June 13, at the university 17th convocation where he emerged second class upper in Sociology study.
Pa Alimi during his undergraduate days was nicknamed “youngest student”. Pa Alimi said his enrollment for first degree was in fulfillment of is academic passing which he was denied during his youthful days”.
He revealed to our correspondent that he sets his eyes on becoming a Ph.D holder before he returns to the Creator. “if God spare my life, I will continue to doctorate level” he poisedly said. Currently sat for and passed a Master’s degree examination to study Industrial Relations in LASU. After his Ph.D, he plans to give back to the society by establishing a primary school in his home town, Oniyangi.
Pa Alimi recalled his memorable moment on campus when somtimes ago, in class dozed off during a lecture. “That day, my lecturer caught me dozing in class. He said to me: ‘Baba you are sleeping’ and I said, ‘No sir, I wasn’t sleeping’.
So he said: ‘If you weren’t sleeping, what did I say last?” I couldn’t answer. He asked me what I ate before coming to school, and I told him I ate rice. Then he advised me not to take heavy meals before coming to school , but just a cup of tea and some slices of bread. The funniest thing is that I was disciplined by standing up till the end of the lecture.”
Gbade, Pa Alimi's Eldest son and sponsor, who is a chartered Accountant said “Daddy is not the type who love to sit in one place. He loves keeping himself busy. He couldn't not go to school because of his desire to see all of us through school. So when he decided he wanted to return to school at his old age, it was good news for us all to support him”.
His grand children saw him as an inspiration. Yetunde, granddaughter said; “I'm glad to have a grandfather who could be doing what others could not even do as youths. He is an inspiration to all of us. His life has prodded us to aspire for the peak in our academic careers”.
Also, the overall best graduating student at the ceremony was Shebiotimo Azeez Arisekola, with cumulative grade point average (CGPA), 4.76 from faculty of Engineering. The same faculty produced along side 9 other first class graduands, first of its kind in history of the faculty.
Other outstanding graduands include: Odesanya Agboola, Journalism department, Adebola Adegunwa School of communication, Openiyi, faculty of Education, Kazeem kafayah and olanipekun oluwatosin, faculty of Engineering,
Meanwhile, LASU, according to the Vice Chancellor graduated a total number of 27,087, among whom 22,034 are undergraduate, 438 are graduating for Diploma, 4,615 for post graduate and 40 for Ph..D. It was stated by the Vice Chancellor that there is no honourary award for doctorate degree. “there shall be no award of honourary doctorate degree this year” he emphasized.
Establishing a landmark in the normalisation of the processes of the university, he said: “we are happy to announce that unlike in the past when certificates are issued to graduated students long after their completion of studies, this year, certificates of this set of graduands will be available for collection the very day of the graduation”.
The Vice chancellor charged the students to be good ambassador of the university in the Global Community. “Go to the world and be good ambassadors of this institution” he confidently said.
By Olasunkanmi Arowolo