Igbinedion University confers ‘Honorary Doctorate’ on former Ghanaian president Dramani, Oba of Iwo, others
FOR their selfless contributions to humanity, former President of Ghana, Mr John Mahama Dramani, Oba of Iwo land, Oba Rasheed Adewale Akanbi and Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman, Chief Dan Orbih are scheduled to be honoured by Nigeria premier university, Okada University, Edo state come Saturday, November 24.
The vice-chancellor of the university, Prof Lawrence Ezemonye who disclosed this yesterday at a pre-convocation press briefing at Okada said that the decision to honour the trio was arrived at after a careful selection process which took note of their track records as international statesmen, traditional rulers and politicians.
Ezemonye said that out of the 746 graduating graduates which included 649 undergraduates and 87 postgraduate students, 20 bags first class, 241 have second class upper division, 232-second class lower division and 11 have third class while are the rest are from the College of Medicine and Pharmacy.
He justified the awards: “Those who we honouring at the convocation ceremony are those who have excelled as traditional rulers, international icons and have also excelled as national leaders. We will not go out of our way to give honour to those who do not deserve it.”
The vice-chancellor said that a convocation lecture titled: Creating an African Academic Network to Promote Regional and Political Integration in Africa will be delivered by Ambassador Tim Clarke of the University of Lancaster, the United Kingdom on Thursday, November 22.
He said that the second convocation lecture titled Epistocracy and the Challenges of Knowledge Democracy which is scheduled for Friday, November 23 will have the Chairman of the Editorial Board of The Nation newspaper, Mr Sam Omatseye as the guest lecturer.
Ezemonye added that the 16th convocation ceremony was in line with the institution’s tradition of adhering strictly to its academic calendar in the absence of crippling strikes which have since become the hallmark of public universities.