Four distinguished Nigerians have been awarded honorary doctorate degrees at the Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State.
The Vice-Chairman Of Channels Media Group, Mrs Olusola Momoh, who was the only female awardee, was awarded a doctorate degree in business administration.
She said she was very thrilled to receive the award.
“It is one of the most meaningful recognitions I have ever received and one that I will cherish for a very long time to come,” she added, while also describing the other awardees as “men of timber and calibre”.
The other awardees were former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara and Governor Aminu Tambuwal who bagged doctorate degrees in law, as well as the Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, who was awarded a degree in peace studies
Honourable Dogara was also installed as the new chancellor of the university, taking over from Sen. Bode Olajumoke.
The honour was conferred on them during the combined 8th and 9th convocation ceremony of the university.
While giving his address, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Tunji Ibiyemi, stated that out of the 400 graduands, 22 got first-class honours, 217 got second class upper division, 130 got second class lower division while the remaining 31 graduated with a third class.
Also delivering his address, the pro-chancellor of the university, Dr. Bode Ayorinde in his address titled: taming the tide of security challenges in Nigeria, said he believes that Nigerian universities are capable of preferring solutions to the nation’s security challenges through research.
He also spoke about the rate of unemployment and poverty, noting that a way to tackle the menace is by embracing massive industrialisation.
The National Universities’ Commission (NUC) on Monday lifted the suspension order placed on three universities out of the six it announced initially.
According to the NUC Bulletin the universities are the Joseph Ayo Babalola University, (JABU), Ikeji-Arakeji in Osun, the Achiever’s University, Owo also in Osun and Tansian University at Umunya, Anambra.
The Commission said the suspension was lifted because of the corrective measures taken by the universities to rectify the infractions leading to the suspension of their operational licenses.
The bulletin said that NUC would soon send a team to conduct fresh forensic audit on the six private universities, whose licenses were earlier suspended.
The NUC listed the six universities as Madonna University, Okija; Achiever’s University, Owo; and Tansian University, Umunya.
Others listed by the commission are Caritas University, Amorji-Nike, Enugu, Lead City University, Ibadan, and Joseph Ayo Babalola University, (JABU), Ikeji- Arakeji, Osun.
The NUC said the auditing would cover all aspects of the universities’ operations.
It will also continue to monitor the universities implementation of agreed actions.
The commission announced that it will ensure that all universities in Nigeria comply with its extant guidelines and regulations.