The Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents of Landmark University, Dr David Oyedepo, has warned that this generation may lose her heroes to social media disaster if an urgent step to checking the free and unhindered access to social media is not taken. Dr Oyedepo gave the warning during his address titled "Combating the Challenge of Education without Integration" at the 7th Convocation ceremony of Landmark University, Omu-Aran in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara, on Friday, 18 June 2021. 

Dr Oyedepo said the social media unconsciously robs people of their future by robbing them of their time. “This social media saga has eroded the substance of destiny of most youth today because they chat all day, with no time left to think, plan, programme and engage productively in the pursuit of any task,” he said. Asserting further that everything of value delivers through investment of time, Dr Oyedepo stressed that the youths who spend less than 10 to 20 per cent of their time on their task per day must not expect to get the same result with another who spend 70 to 80 per cent of their time on their task. He added that, “What is supposed to be a plus has suddenly become a major minus. We must devise means to put a check on free access to social media particularly those that are not adding values".

While enunciating the role of effective time management in attaining self-sufficiency and self-reliance in life, Dr Oyedepo urged the graduands to always demonstrate productive responsibility in the worthwhile tasks ahead of them. He also advised the parents of the graduands to give them free hand toward developing themselves. He said: "No eaglet emerges an eagle in the nest. These young people are no longer babies; therefore, they must not be found on your laps. Every eaglet must be allowed to go out to the air, or else they would die as eaglets in the nest. Give them the opportunity to develop their wings. Do not try to bathe a son when he is not sick; don't try to dress up a daughter when she is not paralysed. Give your sons, daughters, or wards the opportunity to develop their wings, and I know that many will soar much higher than their parents."

In the same vein, Mr Alphonsus Inyang, Group Managing Director, the Hebron Group, in his keynote address titled, “Leveraging Agripreneurship for Employment, Wealth Creation and National Development” called on the graduands and most especially Nigerian youths to allow agriculture stimulate their interest, noting that the future belongs to those who are willing to tap the goldmine – agriculture and the business opportunities that come with it. He stated that the nation is not looking for jobseekers but job creators; hence Agripreneurship can assist in job and wealth creation for national development, an unmistakeable role of Universities, which Landmark University promotes distinctively. 

The Vice-Chancellor, Landmark University, expressed unreserved joy over the landmark event. According to him, human and material resources were greatly marshalled in achieving this laudable feat noting that in spite of the pandemic situation that foisted lockdown on the world, our faith and stake in driving continuous engagement with students and improvement in our services never changed. "This was made possible by the huge investment of the proprietors into Information Technology infrastructures and for this we are immeasurably grateful," he said.

According to the Registrar, Miss Fola Oyinloye, the University released 433 pathfinders to the world with 46 first class honours, and 34 postgraduate students for both Master’s and Postgraduate Diplomas in the Class of 2020.




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