EXECUTIVE ENCOUNTER: Jan Paulsen, president of the Seventh-day Adventist church, and delegation visited Nigeria’s âÂ¨vice president, Goodluck E. Jonathan, in the capital, Abuja.uring his first visit to Nigeria in a decade, Seventh-day Adventist world church president Jan Paulsen spoke about the church’s commitment to education and life governed by integrity in his address at Babcock University’s June 6 graduation.
GRADUATION PARTICIPANTS:901 students graduated on June 7 from Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Nigeria. Pictured are Jan Paulsen; Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria; Babatunde Osotimehin, minister of health; and J. A. Kayode Makinde, president and vice chancellor of BU.In 1964 Paulsen joined the college as a teacher and registrar, three years later becoming its principal.
HAPPY DAY: Some of the hundreds of Babcock University graduates listen to the commencement address.“Devote 30 percent of your resources for research,” he said. His remarks addressed the larger issue of the importance of research for the benefit of nation building. “It is only through [research] that we can make progress, because that is where national development, national security, growth, and indeed the heritage we are to leave for the people come from,” he said. He lauded religious groups for their contribution to Nigeria’s education and development.