President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has urged graduating students of Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) to face the future with courage and determination.

He gave this advice at the Institutions’ 28th convocation ceremony which held last weekend. Adesina encouraged the students while making mention of some of the difficulties he encountered with respect to the choice of a career path.

He went further to buttress the importance of agriculture in the scheme of things in the country and the world at large “agriculture is more important than medicine. My Father called my son who was a doctor. He does call me doctor so when he mentioned the name, I answered but he said, ‘not you, I mean the real doctor.’ Then I told him, ‘even as a doctor, you will still have to eat three times a day before taking your medications’” he said.

The AfDB boss enjoined the graduating students to imbibe the spirit of simplicity, servanthood and resilience. “Whatever you have set your heart to do, close your ears, pray to God and forge ahead. Always, be a billboard that God can advertise himself through” he enjoined.

Dr. Akinwumi was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the University at the convocation ceremony.