Philanthropist gifts N5m each, automatic employment to best Caleb University graduates

From left: The Registrar, Mayokun Olumeru, overall best graduating student, Jezry Ejehi Iredia, receiving her N5m cheque from Dr. Akintoye Akindele, while the Vice-chancellor, Prof. Nosa Owens-Ibie, looks on.

In fulfillment of his mammoth pledge made to Caleb University, Philanthropist and Chairman, Atlantic International Refinery and Petrochemical Ltd., Akintoye Akindele, has gifted N5million each, and automatic employment to the best three graduates, as well as scholarship to 22 new students.

In a statement issued yesterday by Olawale Adekoya, Information, Media and Publication Specialist of Caleb University, Akindele came to make good his promise at the 11th Convocation ceremony of the University in February.

Adekoya said: “Dr. Akindele presented a cheque of N5 million each, totaling N15 million to the overall best who is a female, best male and best post graduate students.

“He also offered automatic employment to the three best graduating students, and handed out a cheque to cover the school fees of 22 newly matriculated students during the presentation.”

He added that the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford-trained petrochemical expert announced the commencement of efforts to build an Information Technology Centre, as well as an Institute of African History and Archaeology at the Imota Main Campus of Caleb University.

Acknowledging the philanthropy were the Vice Chancellor, Caleb University, Prof. Nosa Owens Ibie; the Registrar, Mayokun Olumeru, and family members of the recipients.

Ibie, who acknowledged the significance of Akindele’s generosity to Caleb University and his passion to ensure the fulfillment of all his promises, described his various endowments as “ground breaking and game changing.”

 Dr. Akindele presented a cheque of N5 million each, totaling N15 million to the overall best who is a female, best male and best post graduate students.

Recall that the benefactor who also delivered the convocation lecture, entitled: “The Rhetoric and Reality of Youth as Game Changers,” had charged every Nigerian youth to emulate the beneficiary best graduating students.

Akindele said: “… emulate Game Changers like Jezry Ejehi Iredia of the Computer Science department, who emerged Caleb University’s overall best graduating student, and by extension, the best female student, with a CGPA of 4.92. Also is Humphrey Ifezue of the Computer Science department, who emerged the overall best male graduating student with 4.84 CGPA, as well as Olufunso Irene Fasuyi, who emerged the best graduating post graduate student.”

Akintoye Akindele is a scholar, philanthropist and Chairman/CEO of Atlantic International Refinery, an indigenous oil company engaged primarily in the refining and trading of crude and petroleum products in Nigeria.

The chemical engineer-turned banker with over 25 years’ experience in private equity and advisory, is also the Chairman, Platform Capital; Unicorn Group and Diatom Impact; Co-Chairman of Whitespace X, and Founder of Synergy Capital Managers.

Widely known for his simplicity, humility and generosity, Akindele holds a doctorate degree in Financial Business Administration from the reputable International School of Management (ISM).

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