A Twenty-three-year-old, Joseph David, has emerged the overall best among 351 students that made distinction in Higher National Diploma (HND) for the 2015/2016 academic session.
David was the cynosure of eyes at the 16th Convocation and Founder’s Day of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State.
David, who hails from Adavi in Kogi State, scored a Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate (CGPA) of 3.82 to become the best in the Department of Catering and Hotel Management in the school.
In a chat with newsmen, David attributed his performance to God, determination and hard work.
“It was through the grace of God, determination, smart work and ensuring that my education remains my top priority because education is not just preparing for life rather education is life itself,” he said.
He also identified his parents, his mentor Mr Anyanwu Dominic, lecturers and roommate, Nwaogu Uche Lucky, as people who influenced him towards the path of success.
David has a dream to become an “outstanding lecturer and a motivational speaker to students” and to see “a Nigeria that is free from ethnic and religious sentiments and where institutions work.”
In speech, the Rector, Mr Olusegun Aluko said 14,248 students graduated with HND and National Diploma(ND) at the event.
Of the number, 351 of them had distinction at HND level and 543 at ND level.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, called on polytechnics to come out with technologies that would solve economic challenges confronting the country.
Adamu, who was represented by Dr. Joel Ojo, from the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja, said the technologies “must” tackle the structural imbalances in the economy as well as concentrate on human capital.
“The polytechnic sector has an important role to play generally in man power development and in the adaptation of innovations and research findings relevant to the needs of the society.
“You should continue identifying the challenges facing our dear country and designing technological solutions that will address such challenges,” Adamu said.
On his part, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, lauded the graduands for being found “worthy in learning and character”.
Amosun noted his administration places high premium on education and as a result provides qualitative and affordable education.