Graduating students of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo have been told to be solution to problems instead of adding or being part of them.

The charge was given by the Bishop of Ajayi Crowther Diocese of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Revd Collins Babalola, during the valedictory service for the 2023/2024 graduating students of the institution on Thursday.

At the service were the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Timothy Adebayo; his deputy, Prof. Muyiwa Popoola; Registrar, Dr. Jadesola Babatola; the University Bursar, Ayodele Olusanwo; and Librarian, Dr. Mrs Abosede Ajiboye.

Bishop Babalola likened the students to arrow in the hands of archers, explaining that they are being sent into the world to fulfill specific purpose designed for them.

He said, “The Bible describes children as reward and heritage from God, emphasising the value and important of family in His plan.

“My focus is on children being likened to an arrow. Arrows are carefully crafted and designed for unique purposes. They are sent out to hit specific target. You are created to make specific positive impact in life, therefore, I urge you not to be wasted generation. An arrow needs an archer to perform, make God your archer in life. Be solution to problem and not the cause or part of it.

“I call on you to make deliberate, wise choices that align with God in your life. Let the wisdom of God guide you as you hit target in life. A fool lives on his own understanding but the wise acknowledges God in the choices he makes. We are in the age of technology but the greatest information comes from God.”

The Bishop expressed his fear when government began to issue licences for private school establishment in Nigeria, stating that his fear had roots in the fact that while those with good intention would apply, those with opposite motive would also apply for the licence.

He said, today, “Today, there are private institutions that contribute positively to mankind like Ajayi Crowther University and there are some that train thugs.”

While thanking the Bishop, the Vice-Chancellor in his speech appreciated the parents for making ACU their choice of university, and staff for their contribution towards training of the graduating students.

He said that the set will be the first beneficiary of the new triple certification innovation of the university.

He said, “This is a unique set and that is why we labeled it unicorn set. They are the first beneficiary of our new policy which gives Mind Education and Entrepreneurship certificates in addition to regular first degree certificate to graduates.”