Lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Aare Afe Babalola has imparted his wisdom and encouragement to the Nigerian people amidst the challenging economic times.

In his speech at the induction ceremony for newly qualified registered nurses at Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), the esteemed legal icon reminded everyone that great nations have faced similar challenges and emerged triumphant.

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Afe Babalola emphasized his commitment to rewarding excellence, as it serves as motivation for others to strive for scholarship and industry.

He expressed his belief in the power of education to shape future leaders and change the world for the better.

Highlighting the achievements of ABUAD, which has been ranked as the top university in Nigeria for two consecutive years and 221st globally, Afe Babalola urged Nigerians not to lose hope.

He emphasized that the university, in its short 15-year existence, has already produced 1,420 graduates who are making positive contributions to society.

The legal luminary also recognized and rewarded outstanding students, including Rosemary Oriwoh Osanudiamen, the best graduating and best-behaved student, who received a total sum of N350,000. Other distinguished students, including the four male students in the faculty, each received N100,000.

Afe Babalola stressed the importance of quality education in solving the problems of illiteracy, bigotry, and religious conflicts.

He drew a parallel between Nigeria’s current state and the lack of modern amenities in Europe centuries ago, emphasizing that progress is possible.

Expressing his disappointment with the alumni of ABUAD, Afe Babalola called for a more active and philanthropic alumni association.

He urged the alumni to establish a solid presence, communicate achievements, and support deserving students through regular donations.

In conclusion, Afe Babalola directed the university Registrar and the Director of International Collaboration and Linkages to establish a functional alumni association.

He also encouraged the newly inducted nurses to learn from their senior colleagues, explore new opportunities in their profession, and be exemplary ambassadors of the nursing profession.

Addressing the audience, Vice Chancellor Prof Smaranda Olarinde described ABUAD as the premier institution for nursing education in Nigeria and encouraged parents to prioritize it as the first choice for their children’s education.