Godswill Akpabio has said he rejected attempts by some universities to give him a honourary doctorate degree.
The ex- Governor of Akwa Ibom State said this on Sunday during the 13th convocation ceremony of Babcock University in Ilisan-Remo.
The immediate-past Akwa Ibom governor was awarded a honourary doctorate degree in Global Economic Development by the university at the event held at the university stadium, Ilishan in Ogun State.
He said he agreed to accept the award because of the respect he has for the university, as he had rejected similar offers by other universities.
“I received Babcock University award because its foundation is built on God,” he said while stating that he did not lobby for the award.
Akpabio who was governor of the oil- rich Akwa Ibom State for 8 years also said private universities in Nigeria are better than public ones
“I want to say here that private universities are better than the other universities and I want to also say that when graduate(s) of privately owned universities present their certificates, they have more opportunities to be considered for employment,”
He also said while serving as governor, he could not make the Akwa Ibom State University as good as its private counterparts .
Mr. Akpabio also advised the graduating students to be responsible ambassadors of the university especially as their university is owned by a church.
“Ensure you turn out to be good products of the university. Allow God to go with you; in your future allow God to be with you,” he said. “I remain the only governor in Nigeria who drew his people to God. I have the largest choir in the country called Governor Akpabio Unity Choir.”
The university graduated 1,416 students at the ceremony, including popular hip-hop singer, Davido, and Ikenna Ntomchukwu, son of Ogun State Commissioner of Police.