The Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University, has graduated 296 participants from 13 Executive Programmes.
The courses are Management Acceleration Programme (MAP 1 and MAP 2), Agri-Business Management Programme (AgMP 5 and AgMP 6), Senior Management Programme (SMP 61, SMP 62 and SMP 63), Owner Manager Programme (OMP 22, OMP 23 and OMP 24), Advanced Management Programme (AMP 29 and AMP 30) and the Chief Executive Programme (CEP 26).
At the ceremony on Saturday, Professor Juan Elegido, Vice-Chancellor, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos, congratulated all the graduates and implored them to be good ambassadors of the institution by putting to use the knowledge they had acquired to better Nigeria and the African continent.
Ndidi Nwuneli, Founder of LEAP Africa and the guest speaker at the ceremony, spoke of building a new tribe of entrepreneurs and professionals that would transform the country positively. “I chose to speak on A New Tribe because we need a new generation of entrepreneurs and professionals that would transform our country Nigeria and contribute significantly to the African continent and the world,” she said.
She further stated that for Nigeria to be reckoned with in the comity of nations, she needed individuals who are innovative, visionary, ethical and merit-driven to man the value chain. She, therefore, challenged the new graduates to think of ways they could do things differently and also implored them to do away with their egos and differences and “work together to build a better Nigeria.”
Ify Ukachukwu, Chief Executive Officer of Rexton Industries Limited, who graduated from OMP 22, said she felt gratified being a graduate of LBS. She said that the programme was mind-unlocking due to the quality of the faculty and the experience that the institution parades. “I had a mindset before coming to study here, but after the programme, I have been exposed to new perspectives and ways of doing things. It was a process of learning, unlearning and relearning that has opened a new vista for me. Indeed, it was quite transformational for me,” she said.
Francis Raji, President of St. Paul Ranch and a graduate of AgMP 5, revealed that the programme had changed the operational style of his business. “The programme opened my horizon to re-invent my business. We have re-strategise our farming to make more profits and ensure that supply meets demand,” he said. He termed the LBS faculty as excellent.
Bola Adesola, President of LBS Alumni Association and Managing Director Standard Chartered Bank inducted the graduates into the Alumni Association and welcomed them “welcome to our tribe of privileged, honoured and distinguished LBS Alumni” she said. She also charged them to be ambassadors of LBS and to uphold her values and objectives. Adesola concluded encouraging the graduates to be champions of the excellent work that LBS is doing.
Dr Enase Okonedo, Dean, LBS, congratulated the graduates and new alumni of the institution and appreciated them for their commitment, which had continually enabled the School to equip itself to be able to contribute its quota of providing quality education and professional development to individuals and corporate bodies.
She also applauded the graduates for their zeal to study at the LBS despite the economic recession many professionals use as a reason not to invest in their self-development. “Despite the economic challenges that could deter many private individuals and Organisations from investing in courses like these, you have demonstrated your zeal to equip yourselves professionally nonetheless. I implore you to use this zeal to contribute to the global value chain,” she counselled.
The excited graduates said they are going out positively influenced and are ready to contribute their quota in making the society a better place.