An alumnus of the Federal University of Technology, Akure and leading scholar at Auburn University, USA Professor Henry Fadamiro has urged students of FUTA to make excellence their watchword. He stated this at the presentation of the 2021 FUTA IN THE DIASPORA SCHOLARSHIP Award to the Best 200 level students in each school of the University. The Award, second in the series, is an annual event sponsored by some alumni of the university in the Diaspora under the aegis of the University Advancement Centre, (UAC). It held in the Council Chamber of the University on Wednesday, 2nd June, 2020 with some of the sponsors in the Diaspora following the event virtually via Zoom. Fadamiro Already designated associate director and chief scientific officer for Texas A&M AgriLife Research, and associate dean for the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, USA from July 1, quoted Aristotle, said “excellence is not an act, but a habit” and urged the students to imbibe the habit.
Director, University Advancement Center, (UAC) Professor Tomola Obamuyi in his address encouraged the awardees not to rest on their oars until they graduate with ‘first class’. He also stated that the donors, FUTA Alumni Diaspora Chapter, have graciously approved the recommendation of the University Advancement Centre increase the sum of money given to each of the award recipients.
Addressing the recipients, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Development, Professor Phillip Oguntunde, congratulated winners and urged them to keep the University flag flying. He thanked the alumni in the diaspora for the gesture shown towards the students. He said, “considering the economic downturn and fundamental crisis the COVID-19 pandemic has caused to the national economy, it takes a serious commitment to come about this kind of support we are witnessing today”. He added that the idea of the scholarship will motivate other students to work harder and it will promote healthy competition among students. He said “I believe strongly that whatever is being given today, no matter how little, will affect the lives of the students significantly.”
The Vice Chancellor explained that human capital is the greatest wealth of any nation and the quality of education impacted in the young minds invariably determines the level of contribution they would make to the national development and the consequent overall wellbeing of the citizenry. Fuwape reaffirmed FUTA’s readiness to remain globally relevant. He said, “I wish to reiterate the present university administration’s determination to make FUTA a world class University of Technology, and with your cooperation and support, we are confident that in no distant time, the dream will become a reality”.
Responding on behalf of the other awardees, Osinaya Temitope Augustine thanked the University administration for inculcating the spiriting of excellence in the students which is made evident today through the FUTA alumni. He thanked the donor for having a heart of giving back to their Alma Mata. He added that they, as students, will strive hard to ensure they come out with good grades so that they can as well reciprocate the gesture shown to them in a later time.
The recipients of the award are: AMUSAT Qudus Segun, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Engineering Technology; ASAOLU David Olaoluwa, Computer Science, School of Computing ; ADELEYE Emmanuel Oladipupo, Biochemistry, School of Sciences; OSINAYA Temitope Augustin, Applied Geophysics, School of Earth and Mineral Sciences; AROWOLO Aminat Ololade, Food Science Technology, School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology; OYAKOJO Bosede Christiana, Physiology, School of Health and Health Technology and BAMIGBOLA Oreoluwa Peter, Architecture, School of Environmental Technology.