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LANDMARK UNIVERSITY HOLDS 6TH MATRICULATION CEREMONY
On Friday, 8th January 2015, the University held her 6th Matriculation Ceremony at the University Multipurpose Hall, where 513 new intakes who were successful in the 2015 Computer-based Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Landmark University Scholastic Aptitude Screening (LUSAS), took the University’s Matriculation Covenant and were fully inducted as students of the University.
The Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo in his address captioned “Marketing Agriculture to Secure the Destiny of a Nation” as delivered by the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Kayode Ayo noted that, Landmark University is indeed a revolutionary platform in Education with a mandate of ensuring food security in Africa. “Our quest is to raise an army of agricultural entrepreneurs, and ensure sustainable commitment to agricultural endeavors by our graduates who will actualize the University’s motto of ‘Breaking New Grounds’ as is driven on the wheels of our visionary thrust”.
Stressing further the mandate of the University, the Chancellor said, “The visionary emphasis of Landmark University is exemplified in her strong emphasis and commitment to promoting the Man-child model of education, which is poised to unlock the doorways into an agricultural revolution for the 21st century.”
He expressed worry at the spate of food insecurity in the nation when he noted that, “Food insecurity is a major global concern as over one billion people are suffering from starvation, under- and malnutrition. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, almost all the hungry people, 780million live in developing countries representing 12.9 percent, or one in eight of the population of developing countries and regrettably, Nigeria has transitioned from being a self-sufficient country in food to being a worrisome net importer of agricultural produce.” Despite this huge gap, the Chancellor enjoined all to embrace Agriculture as a key sector that can improve food security in Nigeria. He restated the University’s commitment towards restoring the dignity of the Black Race by spearheading an agrarian revolution for the continent of Africa via the exploration of hidden treasure in the Mother-earth. While congratulating the Parents, Guardians, well-wishers and matriculating students, he assured them of boundless opportunities available at the University and encouraged them to be committed to the ideals that Landmark University stands for in their generation and time.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan in her address also reechoed the University’s commitment to contribute to the process of providing solutions through curriculum development strategies that emphasize cutting edge approach to issues and the University’s drive for entrepreneurial development scheme that bridges the gap between theory and practice, and a practical commitment to investment in agri-business and agri-preneurship.
Reeling out defining events and major accomplishments of the University, she noted that Landmark University currently runs three established farms as a training ground for raising the army of agricultural entrepreneurs, who are set to break new grounds upon graduation by bringing into reality, food security for our nation and continent. “At the Teaching and Research Farm, we have Maize, Soybean, Groundnut, Cassava, Vegetables, Cattle, Piggery, Sheep, Goat, Rabbitery, Poultry and Green House. We run a Commercial Farm, where there are Broiler Birds, Laying Birds, Fish Ponds, Crop and Feed Productions. The Eleyin Farm Plantation situated in Eleyin village is devoted for Jatropha plantation, a biofuel plant of great economic importance, and cassava plantation. Our agricultural products such as frozen chicken, smoked fish, eggs, vegetable, fish bite, sweetened chips, milky biscuit, bread, palm-oil, garri and others are being exhibited at their various stands outside this hall and are also in the various markets in Nigeria. The most recent breakthrough on our Teaching and Research Farm is the on-going harvest and launch of Landmark University brown rice from our Fadama rice plantation.” She also highlighted the efforts of the University to remain a cynosure in the prestigious category of the best Private University in Nigeria, which was exemplified in the July 2015 edition of the Webometrics Ranking of Universities, where Landmark University emerged the best Private University and 15th overall among all Universities in Nigeria. She mentioned too that six of the University’s Faculty are on the Google scholar listing among the 800 researchers in the Nigerian Universities.
Other highlights of the event included presentation by the 100 level Word Casters Group, Taking of Matriculation Covenant, Ceremonial Signing of Matriculation Register, Goodwill Messages from Parents and the representatives of the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Charles Ibitoye, led by the Oniwo of Iwo, His Royal Highness (Arc) Olutade Joshua.
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