A girl, Omoshalewa Adenike Babalola, has made history as the first to graduate with the maximum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0 at the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH).
Omoshalewa, a Science Laboratory graduate, was the cynosure of all eyes at the 24th convocation of the polytechnic last Thursday.
The valedictorian was presented with prizes at the event graced by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Ayangburen of Ikorodu Oba Kabiru Shotobi, Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and former Group Managing Director of Chams Plc Mr Ademola Aladekomo, among others.
The ceremony, held at the school auditorium, started at 10am with the procession of graduands and the principal officers led by the Rector, Dr. Samuel Sogunro.
Ambode was represented by his deputy, Dr. Oluranti Adebule.
Sogunro said Omoshalewa is the first student to graduate with the maximum CGPA. The rector said the school would offer her a job after her National Youth Service.
Ambode urged the graduands to be innovative and practise the entrepreneurial skills acquired from the school. He said: “There is no gainsaying the fact that we are in a challenging time, especially the current unemployment rate. It is time to bring out your innovative and entrepreneurial skills. You must look and explore other options to engage yourselves.”
The school graduated 8,519 students. Of the number, 263 graduated with distinction.
Oba Ogunwusi, Oba Shotobi and Aladekomo were conferred with fellowship awards in recognition of their support for the school.
Omoshalewa, who spoke on behalf of other graduands, hailed the polytechnic staff for their guidance. She described her feat as unbelievable, saying: “I never had it so easy.”
She said group reading and hard work were the secrets of her success.
Yusuf Razak, a graduand, said he was happy to graduate with a set that made history in the school. “This is a great achievement for me. I am happy to be among a set that set a new an academic record in the school,” he said.