By Idris Katib

Crescent University, Abeokuta, has advocated good governance to achieve desired democracy in Nigeria.

In its 8th Founder's Day lecture entitled " Leadership and Governance in Nigeria: Opportunities and Challenges, delivered by the former Member, House of Representatives, Dr Usman Bugaje, the university took a critical look at governance as a process of governing, especially governmental institutions that seek to achieve primary objectives of governments, security of persons and property. as well as the welfare and development of citizenry.

Bugaje contended that any discussion on leadership and governance in Nigeria today must capture the anxieties of a nation that fifteen years ago was animated by the return to a democratic civilian rule with all its promises of freedom, development and peace.

Stressing that every election offered an opportunity, he said " we must not be depressed by the outrageous rigging that characterizes our elections", adding that people must stand up against rigging by the use of the sophisticated technology.

In his short speech, the Founder/Proprietor of the university, Judge Bola Ajibola acknowledged the the lecturer for his contemporary lecture, stressing that the ideal of his university was to do things right. He referred to Crescent University as university of the nation because "every state of Nigeria is represented here", he said.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor said "occasions like this provide us the opportunity to take stock of our achievements and highlight our challenges with the expectation that some of our stakeholders can improve on their support for the university".

Okeleye said the products of the university were employable and doing well in labour market. "Many of them have secured jobs in their various fields of endeavour while others pursue higher degrees both in Nigerian universities and abroad", has said.

" Only recently, one of them, Ms Rafiat Gawat, was offered a scholarship by Lagos State government to study for her master's degree in Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. It gladdens our heart that our students have been able to rub shoulders with competitors all over the world" said Prof. Okeleye.

VC, Crescent University,Abeokuta,Prof. Kehinde Okeleye,Pro-Chancellor,Dr Hamzat Ahmadu, Proprietor,Judge Bola Ajibola and Ogun State Governor,Senator Ibikunle Amosun at the 8th Founder's Day of Crescent University at weekend