I am humbled to be invited to give this very important lecture such as this the Fourteenth Convocation Lecture of the prestigious and first private University in Nigeria, the Igbinedion University, Okada. Igbinedion University shares the same first-position accolades with my University, the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, being the first specialized petroleum University in Africa (and the sixth in the World)! We must commend Igbinedion University for the strides it has made as a foremost university in Nigeria in a very short time of existence.

I thank the Proprietor, Chief Sir Dr. Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion for this invitation. I especially commend him for his foresight in establishing this University. This is an uncommon feat especially at the time he made it happen. I have always admired his entrepreneurial and goal-getting spirit and his love for and celebration of life. Sir, I doff my hat for you!

I also wish to thank my brother, fellow Ecobite (Edo College Old Boy), and fellow reverend Professor Eghosa Osaghae, the indefatigable Vice Chancellor of this great University, Management, Senate, Staff and Students for this honour.

I also thank the Management and staff of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun for accompanying me to this Lecture.

The topic of discussion of this Convocation Lecture – MAKING TECHNOLOGY A WAY OF LIFE IN NIGERIA – is quite apt! This could not have come at a better time than now when Nigerians feel a sense of frustration with so much activity without progress, a heightened level of insecurity and abject poverty in the face of plenty! The University had something in mind when it crafted this topic of this year’s Convocation Lecture. I also hold that same conviction with the University, that if, with all things being equal, we make technology a way of life, then Nigeria will experience the desired progress,. Before we delve further, we need to have an understanding of what technology is.

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