WITH the current global competitiveness, vice chancellor of University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali, has said attainment of first degree is just the beginning in terms of learning.

Speaking at the 29th convocation ceremonies of the 2012/2013 graduating students of the institution in Ilorin, on Tuesday, the vice chancellor, in his speech entitled: “Victory at Last,” said the first degree was good, but one still needed more than it to have comparative advantage over others out there.

“You should continue to improve yourselves academically and professionaly, so that anytime the counting is done, you will stand tall to be counted.

“Excellence requires that you always yearn to improve on your current status, which is why you should be inspired by what the university of Ilorin is, that is, better by far,” he said.

The vice chancellor also appealed to the Federal Government and striking members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to put the interest of students first, by embracing dialogue as an effective way of resolving the ongoing industrial dispute.

“We should always put the interest of students first and do all things necessary to ensure that they are not left idle, even for a minute. It is said that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop and it is possible that students not in school may become vulnerable to anti-social thoughts and actions.

“There is a difference between truth and reality; we should seek and pursue the truth and be realistic in such pursuit. It is my hope that it shall be victory at last for all the parties involved in the current challenges facing many Nigerian universities,” he said.

Professor Ambali assured the Nigerian public that the graduating students were well-behaved and that he would continue to be proud of them for making excellence their watchword by shunning cultism and all other anti-social behaviours found elsewhere.

The vice chancellor also noted that their convocation symbolises the confidence the University of Ilorin has in them, as they were found to be worthy in learning and culture.

“To prove to the world that it is not a misplaced confidence as you demonstrate, exhibit and showcase the best of what the university has given you,” he said.

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