Vice President Kashim Shettima delivered a compelling convocation lecture at Al-Hikmah University’s 13th Convocation on Saturday, focusing on “Addressing Nigeria’s Food Security Challenge Through Hi-Tech Approach: The Role of Nigerian Universities.” The prestigious event marked the first Islamic faith-based institution in Nigeria.
Before delivering the lecture, Vice President Shettima inaugurated a Nursing Science Complex named after him at the university’s main campus. His arrival at Ilorin was greeted by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Noah Yusuf, Founder Alhaji Abdulrahim Oladimeji, and members of the university’s governing council.
Earlier, Prof. Noah Yusuf highlighted the university’s commitment to food security with the launch of the Green Campus Initiative on August 23. As part of this initiative, the university embarked on a project to plant 50,000 tree seedlings at the Faculty of Agriculture, Igbaja campus. Yusuf emphasized the significance of this environmentally conscious effort, stating, “It’s such a wonderful initiative to promote a greener environment and sustainability.”
In his address, Yusuf acknowledged the support needed from government and stakeholders to address the nation’s security challenges. He also commended the efforts of the Centre for Peace and Security Studies in contributing to lasting solutions.
Among the distinguished graduands were Inspector-General of Police Kayode Egbetokun and Chief of Staff to former President Muhammadu Buhari, Amb. Ibrahim Gambari. The convocation celebrated a total of 1,584 graduates, including 1,207 undergraduates, 343 postgraduates, and 31 diploma certificate holders.
Vice Chancellor Yusuf provided a breakdown of the undergraduates’ achievements, noting 26 with First Class, 472 with Second Class Upper, 600 with Second Class Lower, and 109 with Third Class. For postgraduates, 27 achieved Ph.D., and 213 received master’s degrees.
During his convocation lecture, Vice President Shettima emphasized the need for Nigeria to revolutionize production, processing, and ensure sustained food security through the application of technology. He highlighted the importance of bold leadership, a secure and peaceful environment, and a robust education system to secure Nigeria’s future. Shettima asserted, “Only an agricultural revolution can guarantee economic growth and reduce poverty levels, ultimately overcoming insecurity and fostering political cohesion.”