The Catholic Bishop of Ondo Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Jude Arogundade, has tasked institutions of higher learning to step up their contribution to the development of the society through advocacy and community outreaches. He said the greatness of any country depends on the quality of its institutions of higher learning. He stated this during the Interdenominational Service commemorating the 33rd Convocation Ceremony of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA at the St Albert's Catholic Chaplaincy on 12th November 2023.
He said that the convocation is a significant activity of the university as this is when the university gives account of its stewardship through the graduates who are graduating .He however implored the university to do more in building the character of students while undergoing training in order to have better citizens with the right mindset to contribute to the building of a new Nigeria. According to him, “The community service of Universities should include instilling the virtues of discipline and insight in the students who will in turn affect the community.”
Taking his homily from the book of Matthew 25:1-13 he said, “God's wisdom calls us to action and that the best action is to bring integrity to bear in the lives of the students who are undergoing training thus making learning impact driven.” The Bishop said, “It is the role of educational institutions to shape the thoughts and actions of the society. The university is a product of the society; it exists to proffer solutions to the issues facing the society. “The Cleric called on FUTA to emphasize the importance of character and dignity of labour to its graduating students so that the nation can be pulled out of its deplorable state.
He urged university dons not to relent in their services to God and humanity. He said in saner climes technological advancement emanates from Tertiary Institutions. He said Nigeria is destined to be a great nation and that the church and institutions of learning must work together in a partnership that will make the country great again.
In her remarks the Vice Chancellor Professor Adenike Oladiji acknowledged the role of and contributions of religious organizations in training of students. She said “We talk of convocation where children have been trained and found worthy in character and learning but we do know that the church is helping to shape the lives of students and we are grateful for your contribution. We also appreciate you for providing spiritual strength and guidance for both staff and students. The church is an anchor in our lives at various seasons both good and bad"
She said FUTA will deepen it's collaboration with the church based development programmes as this is part of sustaining town and gown relationship.
Professor Oladiji acknowledged the contributions of the Catholic Chaplaincy to the peace of the university community adding that peace happens when people make deliberate effort to work towards it .She said "If there is peace and stability on the campus, there will be progress"
The Vice Chancellor while congratulating the FUTA Class of 2021, called on all the members of the university community to work together to promote development within and outside FUTA.