By Yusuf Adua
Dr. S. A Abdulsalam hosted friends, families, and associates on Monday to celebrate his new feat as he bags his Ph.D. at University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Ruminating on how the long academic journey was, Dr. Abdulsalam opened up to News Live Nigeria correspondent that it was not an easy ride.
“My first two years at UNILORIN came without a comfortable accommodation or allowances, it was an all-you show”.
The Mathematician, who began his educational adventure with L.A Primary School II, Bola, Sanga, Oyo before proceeding to Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo and later furthering to Osun State College of Education Ila-orangun in affiliation with the University of Uyo to study mathematics education but had his admission untenable because the institution was unaccredited, advised every learner to be focussed and avoid skepticism in any pursuit of life engagement they venture Into.
He was a first class graduate of Mathematics at the University of Ilorin in 2011 before advancing to the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in South Africa for his masters’ degree and crowing it with a doctorate which he started in 2016 and completed in 2020.
In the words of Mallam Jibreel Hamzat, the guest speaker at the occasion, religion is part of life and parents should do the best they can to incorporate it into their wards’ lives as they teach them how to navigate the material world.
He borrowed from Duke Wellington in his bid to charge the teeming audience at the gathering when he said ” if you raise kids without religion, you will raise educated criminals”.
Mallam Jibreel however warned parents of today’s world not to place education as a secondary responsibility.
Other high points of the event were the recitation of citation, spiritual prayer for the graduand, words of appreciation by the celebrant, and family photographs.
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