Father Kukah, Momoh, Tambuwal, Dogara Bag Doctorate Degrees


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.

Osinbajo Laments ‘High-Level’ Corruption, Says ‘We Mustn’t Allow It To Happen Again’


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has lamented what he termed ‘high-level’ corruption in the country.

Speaking during the UNILAG Convocation Lecture on Monday, he reiterated that corruption in the country thrived because previous governments condoned it.

“I think it’s important to continue to underscore the fact that our major problem has always been grand corruption,” he said.

According to him, such high-level corruption has affected the government’s capacity to provide the basic needs of Nigerians.

He, therefore, stressed that in the next four years, the ‘Next Level’ agenda of the Buhari-administration will not condone such grand corruption.

“The direct stealing of government resources…I keep emphasizing and every time I emphasize it, there’s a headline in the newspaper (Yemi Osinbajo blames previous governments, it’s always a headline) but I do not mind repeating it because it’s the truth and we must not allow it to happen again because there are very few people who understand how badly, the fact that somebody can sign a cheque and take money out of the treasury (any amount of money) and how that affects our capacity to do even the most basic things, provide the most basic services to our people.

“The kind of high-level corruption.

“Corruption on the size that diminishes the public revenue so substantially that you’re almost unable to do anything is what we have experienced in our country and it must never happen again,” he added.

Others present at the occasion were the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani; Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi; Chairman Channels Media Group, John Momoh; Arthur Mbanefo among others.

The week-long event which took place at Akoka, Lagos State, is expected to come to a close on April 5.

Ambode, Ogundipe, Others Attend UNILAG Convocation Lecture


The University of Lagos (UNILAG), is currently holding a convocation lecture as well as an inauguration ceremony of Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the 12th Vice Chancellor of the institution.

During the ceremony, the professor disclosed that the institution plans to set up a modular refinery as well as procure a mining license.

This is according to the vice chancellor of the institution, professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe during his investiture as the twelfth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos.

Also speaking at the event is the Governor Of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode who delivered the convocation lecture with a focus on inclusion and the path to a new nation.

According to him, lack of trust remains a factor hampering the growth of the nation, however, the state government is already making efforts to set an example for the country to emulate.

The event is part of activities lined up for the 2017 convocation of the university.

Plateau State University To Hold First Convocation

Plateau State University, ConvocationThe management of the Plateau State University has disclosed plans to hold the first convocation ceremony of the institution.

Twelve years after it was established, the institution revealed that it would graduate 344 students, out of which three are graduating with first class honours.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Danjuma Sheni, disclosed this while briefing reporters on activities preceding the first and second combined convocation ceremony.

Professor Sheni said that the school has gone through turbulent moments since its establishment, particularly with the suspension of academic activities in 2007 which he said impacted negatively on the growth and development of the institution.

He highlighted some challenges facing the institution, stressing the funding of the university as one of the major challenges.

The academic, however, noted that the government has been coming to their aid in the area of accreditation of courses by the National University Commission (NUC).

“Finance has been a major concern since funding of education is on the concurrent list but government has been supportive to meet accreditation requirements as well as payment of salary,” he said.

Two courses – Management Studies and Accounting – were fully accredited while 17 remaining courses were partially accredited by the NUC.