By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Ahead of the 7th Convocation of the Afe Babalola University(ABUAB),Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State on October 19, 2019, the institution has listed the Sultan of Sokoto,Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, the former Governor of Lagos State and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to be conferred with honourary degrees
Other eminent Nigerians to be conferred with honours are ; the Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe and an entrepreneur and Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer, Greeen Energy International Limited, Prof. Anthony Adegbulugbe.
However,the institution also listed 99 graduands for first class degrees out 979 expected to graduate from the institution at the ceremonies.
Addressing a press conference in ABUAD on Monday heralding the weeklong 10th anniversary of the university and its 7th Convocation ceremonies, the institution’s Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Smaranda Olarinde, revealed that a total of 1088 will bag Bachelor and postgraduate degrees.
The Varsity Acting VC said 979 and 109 will bag Bachelor and Master’s Degrees respectively.
While explaining the choice of the eminent Nigerians,Prof. Olarinde said that Tinubu was not chosen on the basis of political affiliation or exploit, but on the basis of his contributions to humanity.
“We didn’t consider Senator Bola Tinubu owing to political affiliation, because ABUAD is not a political entity, but for his contributions to humanity, which surpasses that of anybody in Nigeria”, she said.
Olarinde said the university has risen within the last one decade emerging the fastest growing citadel of learning in Africa and becoming a veritable avenue for moral rebrading and research, thereby launching the country higher on the world map of academically viable nations.
Speaking further on the honourary degrees,Olarinde said: “The quartet deserve to be celebrated. The beauty of honourary degrees is that, they are awarded to persons who are deserving of such honours having excelled in character and useful application of such intellect and academic excellence.
“In many cases, honourary degrees are rated higher than the degrees we all study to obtain since so many parameters are considered before they are bestowed on persons deserving them, so the persons we chose deserve to be celebrated”, he said.
About the superlative exploits made by the institution in ten years, the Acting Vice Chancellor said,the university’s 400 bed ABUAD Teaching hospital has made breakthroughs in brain surgeries, open heart surgeries, opthalmic surgeries, acute renal dialysis and daily medical interventions to make improve the well being of the people.
She said the university’s Law Faculty, has been rated the best by the National Universities Commission(NUC) with the construction of Moot Court,Law Clinic, modern e-Library, Lexis Nexis and Computer Law and other accessories that can conveniently take care of 1,500 students.
The Acting Vice Chancellor added that the founder of the university, Chief Afe Babalola(SAN), has been leveraging on his contacts across the world to broker partnerships between ABUAD and other foreign universities in Europe, Asia and America.
She said : “We are greatly indebted to our founder,Chief Afe Babalola for giving the needed supports that has made us overshot our expectations in the first 10 years. It is on his shoulders we often lean to veer into the future of functional, quality and reformatory education in Nigeria.
“Even though we have overshot our expectations,we will not stop growing until we realize our plan of becoming one of the 100 best Universities in the world”,she said.