Omoshalewa Adenike Babalola a student who just graduated from the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), has made history as the first student to graduate with the maximum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0.
Omoshalewa, a Science Laboratory graduate, emerged valedictorian and was showered with gifts at the ceremony with a number of dignitaries in attendance including Deputy Governor of Lagos state Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule representing Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Ayangburen of Ikorodu Oba Kabiru Shotobi, Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and former Group Managing Director of Chams Plc Ademola Aladekomo, among others.
The governor 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 Rector, Dr. Samuel Sogunro who led the procession of graduands and the principal officers at the ceremony, said Omoshalewa is the first student to graduate with the maximum CGPA and the school would offer her a job after her National Youth Service.
Omoshalewa, who attributed her success to group reading and hard work, spoke on behalf of other graduates and hailed the polytechnic staff for their guidance. She described her feat as unbelievable, saying: “I never had it so easy.”
The ceremony held at 10am in the schools auditorium with a graduating set of 8,519 students. 263 of the graduating students were awarded a distinction.