‘Make every minute count,’ graduating student advises colleagues

TWENTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD Miss Sanmi Yetunde Osisanya has emerged the best graduating student at the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), in the National Diploma category, with Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.84.

Idris Olawale Quadri also emerged best student in the Higher National Diploma category with CGPA of 3.78.

Quadri and Osisanya emerged best students in their respective classes at the 18th convocation ceremony of the institution held recently.

Speaking with The Guardian shortly after the ceremony, Osisanya, who was admired by all as she ran to-and-fro the podium to collect her prizes, revealed that while she was entering LASPOTECH, she set a goal for herself, which is to be the best, but was not aware of the ceremony and honour attached to it.

The lady, who clinched 12 of the 24 available awards in her class category, maintained that putting God first and going the extra-mile made her wish come true. “I had the desire from the outset to be among the best in my class, that was why I always put in extra effort by attending lectures, going to library to read and research just to broaden my knowledge on a particular topic,” she said.

Osisanya, who is the daughter of a clergy, noted “that misuse of anything as precious as time is a crime. If someone steals your handset, you can acquire another, but time, once lost, cannot be regained. How you spend your days is how you spend your life. So, make every minute count positively.”

Twenty five-year old Olawale, who graduated with HND in Civil Engineering, recounted how observing Ramadan as a Muslim, which often coincided with his examination, made him write his papers on empty stomach. “I had to prepare for it, it is a challenge to me, but in all of this one must be grateful to God,” he said.

Also speaking at the convocation, the rector, Mr. Ayodeji Babatunde Iginla, remarked that the institution, which was established in 1977, has so far turned out 52,000 graduates, “and feedback received on their performances in the labour market so far is highly encouraging and satisfactory.”



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