Erudite scholar, renowned diplomat and Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria, Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, has advised young Nigerian graduates not to assume that acquiring education is enough to make them successful in life.

Prof. Gambari, a former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative in the United Nations, who gave the advice while delivering a lecture entitled: ‘ Education for Peace, Education for Democracy, Education for Development ‘, at the 14th Convocation Lecture of the Delta State University, Abraka, said self development of every young graduate was key to a successful life, given the prevailing economic situation in the country.

He said no generation could succeed without discovering and fulfilling its mission, stressing that the younger generation must be conscious of this while considering the mistakes of the past, which had resulted in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous present, even as they looked forward to the future with hope.

The renowned Academic and Administrator maintained that  education was a bold step towards fulfilling generational mission for peace, democracy and development, adding that the young graduates must strive to succeed in this regard if the effort to enthrone quality education for good governance principle in the country must yield the desired results.

Prof. Gambari reminded the younger ones that they must not be burdened by the mistakes of the past in the national life, pointing out the need for them to grab the opportunities such mistakes had provided to launch themselves to relevance, using the knowledge they had acquired as a tool to contribute to nation building.

He called for continuous education and self development of the young graduates in the ever dynamic world so they could catch up with the present day realities and commended the management of DELSU, reputed to be one of the oldest and best State Universities in the country, for doing a great job of preparing the graduands in character and learning to face the competitive labour market.

The Pro – Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire, thanked Prof. Gambari, whom he had known for over 40 years, for accepting to deliver the Convocation Lecture, even with his very tight schedule, saying that it was a great honor to the institution.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Andy Egwunyenga, had earlier constituted and declared the Convocation Lecture open, but not before the formal introduction of the Guest Lecturer by the Registrar, Mrs Ufiofio, and the reading of his citation by the University’s Orator.

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