Engr. Adokiye Tombomieye, Group Executive Director Upstream of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, has shared life lessons with graduating students of the Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworunkwo, at the institution’s 33rd convocation held on Thursday.
Tombomieye, who is an alumnus of the 41-year-old university, spoke during the university’s convocation lecture held at the senate chamber of its new Senate Building.
The lecture with the theme ‘Nigeria’s National Development: The Local Content Imperative” was held as part of activities commemorating the 33rd convocation ceremony of the university.
While congratulating the graduands, Tombomieye reminded them that “being graduates of this hallowed institution comes with a corresponding responsibility. Already, our alma mater has built a solid reputation beyond the shores of our land and we expect you to fly the flag of this university proudly and to make it soar higher for the good of humanity.
“As you step into the real world, you will definitely face challenges that will test your mettle, challenge your beliefs and question your humanity. I firmly believe that if you hold true to the education and training that you received in this institution, that you will prevail and prove yourself against all odds. My own experience in that real world tells me that it is possible.
“The strength of your character comes from how well you react to challenges on your way to the top and not how fast you achieve success in your area of human endeavor,” he advised.
Tombomieye further seized the opportunity to laud Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on his administration’s contribution to the growth and development of the university.