The First Lady of Edo State Her Excellency Betsy Obaseki was awarded an honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoraris Causa) by Wellspring University in Benin City, on Friday, for her immense contributions in education, business and public service in Nigeria.

The Edo State First Lady received the award of Doctor of Business Administration at the Wellspring University’s 3rd Combined convocation ceremony which held at the University Campus in Benin City.

Her Excellency, Dr. Betsy Obaseki in a speech shortly after the award expressed delight that the institution has a curriculum that seeks to impact its immediate and larger community.

Obaseki advised the youth to assert themselves in nation building. She said “You have a voice and you have the numbers. Come out and take back your country”.

Earlier, the Chancellor of the University, Pastor Itua Ighodalo admonished the students to believe in themselves. He said “there’s no doubt you’ve gotten quality education that could stand you on any platform anywhere in the world and by God’s grace a lot of you will perform not just in Nigeria, but anywhere the world finds you. But most importantly, like Her Excellency said, Nigeria is the best place in the world”.

Delivering the Convocation Lecture, Engr Wale Adediran urged the students to bring their innovative spirit to bear in the midst of the current perceived chaos. He said “you can create billion Naira, billion dollar ventures without even leaving the sitting room of your parents. In your small apartment you can change the world and when there is chaos it provides the opportunities”.

The Paramount ruler of Agbor, His Royal Majesty Benjamin Ikenchukwu Keagborekuzi, said it was time to admonish Nigerians on the need for honesty. He said “Don’t cow-tail too much to persons in government, to persons who believe that they have too much power, you are not helping them by doing so, what I need is your honesty, I am a leader, I make mistakes. I make mistakes today, I will make mistakes tomorrow. What I need around me are people who can respectfully let me know that I have made those mistakes.

205 persons graduated at the Convocation, out of which 71 were post graduate students. Of the 134 first degree graduates, 11 bagged First Class Honours, comprising six girls and five boys.