By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The Vice Chancellor of the Kwara State University, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, has disclosed that the University would for the first time confer honorary doctorate degrees on three distinguished Africans for their contributions to humanity and services to the African continent.
The honorees, according to him, are former President of South Africa, Mr. Tambo Mbeki, the founder of Guarantee Trust Bank, Mr. Tajudeen Fola Adeola and a popular Ilorin poet and Dadakuada singer, Alhaji Jaiyigbade Alao.
While speaking on the choice of the three honourees, Professor Na’Allah, said Mr. Mbeki who took over from Nelson Mandela as South African President contributed immensely to the growth of African nation, especially in reshaping and transforming of Organization of African Union (OAU) to African Union (AU), saying that he would be conferred with honorary doctorate degree in Political Science.
He added that the founder of Gua Trust Bank, Mr. Tajudeen Fola Adeola was chosen as an entrepreneur and for his investment in the banking sector especially in the establishment of GTB in 1999 and for helping the country fine tune Nigeria Pension Scheme, adding that he would be conferred with honorary doctorate degree in Entrepreneurship.
Professor Na’Allah explained that the King Artist and Dadakuada singer, Alhaji Jayigbade Alao would be conferred with honorary doctorate degree in Literature for his contributions to poetry development, describing him as one of the best African poets.
The Vice Chancellor said the honorees would be conferred with the honours in a special convocation ceremony to be announced soon by the University’s Senate.
Briefing journaliss on Monday on the forthcoming 6th convocation ceremony of the institution, the VC disclosed that the institution would graduate a total of 1,126 students with five Phd, for the first time in the history of the institution, and 30 First Class.
The Vice Chancellor noted that the institution had been strengthened with the introduction of more academic programmes that would have direct impact on the students and the society, while all the courses had also been approved by the National Universities Commission.
On the University Radio and Television Stations, Professor Na’Allah disclosed that the University had procured all the necessary equipment and facilities for the smooth take off of the stations, bit awaiting the Presidential approval for the release of license for the take off of the station.
The Vice Chancellor who however appealed to the federal government to give accelerated signature for the approval of the license, said the radio station is a community based aimed at reaching out to the grassroot and serve as training ground for Mass Communication students of the University.