Nineteen-year-old Wukeh Egem-Odey on Friday emerged the overall best graduating student of the Covenant University, Ota in Ogun State, South West Nigeria, in the 2011/ 2012 academic session.
Egem-Odey is among the 88 first class students produced by the university in the academic session.
The first class students were among 1,389 persons conferred with various degrees at the university’s seventh convocation ceremony at Ota.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Aize Obayan, said that 10 of the graduating students were less than 19 years old.
Obayan said that 646 of the graduands had second class, upper division while 576 graduated in second class, lower division while 79 received third class degrees.
The vice chancellor said that the institution’s School of Postgraduate Studies graduated a total of 89 students out of which 70 had master’s degree and 19 PhDs.
Obayan said that the university had, in its first 10 years of existence, laid a solid foundation for raising a generations of new leaders.
In his address, the Chancellor of the University, Dr David Oyedepo, decried the heightening insecurity in Nigeria and appealed to the Federal Government to address the problem urgently.
Oyedepo said that young Nigerian graduates were ready to shun the National Youth Service Corps scheme because of insecurity.
“Everyone today can see that the greatest threat to our nationhood is the ongoing mass killing and attack on churches, since December, 2010, which has claimed over 1,500 souls and left many wounded.