By Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado Ekiti
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111, and former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, are among dignitaries earmarked for various honourary awards at the 3rd convocation anniversary of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) slated for Wednesday.
Also, the former Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Justice Emmanuel Ayoola, and the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most
Rev. Mathew Hassan Kukah, would also be receiving honorary awards at the prestigious university.
These disclosures were made at a press conference addressed by the Institution’s Vice Chancellor, Pro. Michael Ajisafe, to herald the event.
According to him, in a statement made available to journalists, the University would be graduating a total of 739 graduands across six faculties, with 65 of them coming off with first class, 339 with
second class, 258 with second class lower and 74 with third class degrees.
The VC clarified that the university had complied with the Keffi declaration of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities where it was agreed that honourary awards should be conferred only on credible Nigerians.
His words: “It is apposite at this juncture to emphasise the place and import of honourary degrees. Their beauty anywhere in the world is that they are awarded to persons who are deserving of such honour, having excelled in character, useful application of intellect and academic excellence”.
He revealed that many of the students could not cope and had to withdraw from the institution on account of the management’s stringent measures against smoking, night clubbing, cultism and other anti-social activities.
According to him, the University’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti for the running of College of Medicine had not broken down as being rumoured, adding that the Institution may not observe the ten-year agreement with Federal Teaching Hospital (FETHI).
He said: “We are still using FETHI as a training ground for our medical students. But part of the MoU was that the doctors won’t go on strike, but the resident doctors have been flouting this.
“We are desirous of ensuring that our students finish to time and we are building our own teaching hospital. We don’t have to wait for ten years the MoU was supposed to last before taking this good step”.
In respect of feats of the institution since inception, Ajisafe recalled that four students of the university excelled at the 2015 edition of the Microsoft imagine cup finals, held in Seattle, United States of America.
“The beauty of it all was that our university emerged the Africa champions before we proceeded to USA, where they did ABUAD, Nigeria and Africa proud”.
The VC added that the university will by December 2015 host the prestigious Nigeria Universities Games, which he said also indicated the level of recognition the university has garnered.