L-R, REV FR. PETER AWHAREMUAIRE, OVU PARISH PRIEST, CHIEF JOHNSON BAROVBE JP, MANAGING DIRECTON WESTMINSTER COLLEGE LAGOS, MRS CHRISTY OTITE, PROFESSOR JOHNSON EKPERE, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, MR SPENCER ONOSODE, MANAGING DIRECTOR PILLAR OIL LTD AND REV FR. THOMAS MACAULAY, GRENADA WEST INDIES AT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE LAGOS 12TH GRADUATION CEREMONY ON 16TH JULY 2014.
THE GRADUATING STUDENTS OF WESTMINSTER COLLEGE LAGOS AND CHIEF JOHNSON BAROVBE JP, MANGING DIRECTOR WESTMINSTER COLLEGE LAGOS, REV FR. PETER AWHAREMUAIRE, OVU PARISH PRIEST, MRS CHRISTY OTITE, PROFESSOR JOHNSON EKPERE, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, MR SPENCER ONOSODE, MANAGING DIRECTOR PILLAR OIL LTD AND REV FR. THOMAS MACAULAY , GRENADA, WEST INDIES AT THE 12TH GRADUATION CEREMONY OF WESTMINSTER COLLEGE LAGOS ON THE 16TH JULY 2014.
WESTMINSTER COLLEGE LAGOS
12TH GRADUATION CEREMONY ADDRESS
CHIEF JOHNSON M. BAROVBE JP
JULY 16TH 2014
It is with great pleasure and delight to welcome you all to Westminster College Lagos to witness and take part in the 2014 Valedictory Service and graduation ceremony of the College.
Last year 2013, the College graduated 37 students and majority of those students are either in foreign universities or in Nigerian universities. But today we are happy to announce that 38 students are graduating, having worked assiduously for six good years with high spirit that encompassed dedication to duty and honest purpose to succeed in their academic and social pursuit.
Westminster College Lagos, being an international institution, has had a quarter of its graduating students go on for further studies in overseas universities and as most students cannot wait for the May/June WAEC results, we do enter all SS II students for the Nov/Dec. WAEC GCE yearly. Therefore I can confidently say that majority of the 38 graduating students have already obtained the WAEC GCE requirements, five or six subjects at credit level including English language and Mathematics to obtain admission into any University of their choice.
Apart from the 38 students who are graduating today, we have five students on our One Year International University Foundation Programme. These five students have also completed their courses and will proceed to their various overseas universities.
For example two of the students are going to the University of Debrecen in Hungary for medicine while one for pharmacy in Dubai and the other two – one for mechanical engineering in the Uk, and the other wants to stay back and study in Nigeria.
Sometimes it is good to motivate an achiever, hence, one of the students on our One Year International University Foundation Programme, who broke an existing record, and was on top in the last examination conducted by two Professors from the University of Debrecen in Hungary, has to be recognised. In this examination, the particular student, scored 250 out of 300 marks and the Management of Westminster College Lagos, has decided to give the student an award during the ceremony. Miss Ijabodede Toluwani, we are proud of you and I hope you will be a fine Medical Doctor. In addition, I sincerely want you to work in a Teaching Hospital when you eventually graduate, because you have so much to impart to the coming generation.
JAMB EXAMINATION RESULT: The 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by JAMB, which commenced in April 12 and ended on May 31, seems to be one of the Board’s worst examination in which more than expected number of students failed. But then, if more students had passed, where are the universities for them to go? According to Vanguard, of June 26, and Punch of July, 6th 2014, ‘In this year 2014, JAMB enrolment was 1,606,753 candidates and the cut off mark for those who may go to universities for screening test is 180 marks, while those going for screening exercises by Polytechnics and Colleges of Education is 150 marks and above’
PROBLEM OF ADMISSION: Nigeria as a whole has 128 accredited Universities, 77 Polytechnics and 64 Colleges of Education across the country and all the accredited institutions have capacity to offer admission to only 500,000 students each year. That means over 1.2 million students may not have chances in the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in 2014 intake. The situation in which over 1.2 million young people who may be qualified to enter higher institutions and are deprived because of limited spaces in our Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education is precarious. We advise that both Federal and State Governments should pay more attention to the perennial admission problem.
SEEKING PARTNERSHIP WITH TOP INDIAN UNIVERSITIES
It is no news or secret that thousands of Nigerians troop to Indian Hospitals every month for medical checkup and treatment. The Management of Westminster College Lagos, feels that if the doctors and pharmacists in India are good for medical treatment, why can’t we change our orientation and direction by sending some of our students to Indian Universities to be trained as doctors and pharmacists? After all, since there are thousands of Nigerian students who yearn to become doctors and pharmacists, and our Colleges of Medicine have limited capacity to absorb all of them.
APPOINTMENT OF AN ADMINISTRATOR: Westminster College Lagos, will be 14 years in September 2014, and we feel it’s time to bring in an
experienced educator to manage the College. So I am delighted to introduce to our parents, the new Administrator of the College, in the person of Mrs Elena Erimafa, a Russian by birth and Nigerian by marriage. Mrs Erimafa holds an Msc degree in mathematics. She was:
- a mathematics teacher in the former Bendel State University, now Ambrose Ali University Ekpoma, from 1982 to 1992, a period of ten years.
- From 1996 – 1998, she worked at Atlantic Hall Secondary School, Ikeja, as a mathematics teacher, and later in
- 1999 to 2002, she became the Administrator of Lydia Secondary School, Benin City.
- She moved on to be a Vice Principal in charge of Junior Girls Hostel, at Igbinedion Education Centre, Benin City.
Mrs Erimafa, we are happy to welcome you to Westminster College Lagos.
Of course, Mrs Erimafa has started with the idea of establishing Creche and Primary School here in September 2014. Our parents should now prepare to enroll their primary school age children from today on. Mrs Erimafa, is ready to receive you in her office.
MY ADVISE TO THE GRADUATING STUDENTS: It is obvious that the young people who will succeed in the coming decade will be notable for their holistic thinking, global perspectives, international experience, multilingual capabilities, technological familiarity, entrepreneurial mindset, creativity and ability to deal productively with complexity and chaos, because our world, especially our country Nigeria is becoming complicated.
I wish to thank our parents for the good relationship established with the College and I hope this will continue.
I thank everyone here for coming to make the graduation ceremony a success.
May God bless you all.
CHIEF J. M. BAROVBE JP.