75-year old man secures First Class at CIBT

Seventy-five-year old Samuel Alonyor made history when he graduated with a First Class Honours, Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Church Administration at the third congregation of the Catholic Institute of Business and Technology recently.


Mr Alonyor was adjudged the best student in course and with three others received awards in their respective fields of study.


He was hailed by the gathering, including the Metropolitan Bishop of Accra, Most Revered Bishop Palme-Buckle, who embraced him amidst thunderous applause. He received an undisclosed sum of money for his achievement.

Speaking to newsmen later, Mr. Alonyor, who is a Chartered Secretary of the Catholic Church, said that he was motivated by the achievements of others in the academia. “I took inspiration from leaders like the late Bishops Andoh and Dr. Kwesi Dickson; Bishop Palme-Buckle and Dr. Emmanuel Antwi. I often go to them for advice and direction so I had in my mind to climb the academic ladder.”

Asked about how he was able to raise the GH¢15,000.00 fees, he responded that he saved money from books and pamphlets he wrote and sold and with support from his kids.
The overall best student for the day was Rev Father Jovita Chibozor Onyima, a Nigerian student, who studied Master of Business Administration with a final grade point of 3.9 out of aggregate 4.0. He was presented with a parcel and an undisclosed cash prize.
Addressing the graduation, Guest of Honour, Mr. Martin Esson- Benjamin, charged the granduands to crave for the best in their respective endeavours and to eschew at work place.

“The employer is looking out for the worker who can add value to the company to change the face and fortunes of the firm so you must be the person to bring that product out,” Mr Esson-Benjamin stressed.

He lamented situation where many graduates leave school and do not get employment because the do not strive to lead an exemplary lives. “Ghana needs brilliant people to take the country out of its current economic and social predicament and your generation must not fail like us,” he urged the graduands.

In all about 125 students graduated with first degrees and 26 in masters.

Source: Public Agenda’

By Nana Poku


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