Benin — The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammed Sa'ad Abubakar III and the Comptroller General of Customs Abdullahi Dikko Inde were among prominent Nigerians honoured yesterday at the Igbinedion University Okada, Edo State.
While the Sultan of Sokoto was conferred with the Doctor of Law Honoris Causa, the Comptroller of Customs was conferred with the award of Doctor of Administration. The award, according to the Chancellor of Igbinedion University Sir Gabriel Igbinedion, was in recognition of their contributions to peace, unity and development of the country.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Sultan extolled the virtues of the founder and Chancellor of the University and noted that Igbinedion's contributions to the socio - educational development of the country are commendable.
Also speaking in the same vein, former President John Kuffour of Ghana said education was the key factor in determining whether a country is developed, developing or underdeveloped.
Others who were conferred with honourary degrees were the former governor of Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu; Chief Alfred Eghobamien, SAN, and Mr Anthony Ogunbor.
Speaking at the event, Chancellor of the institution, Chief Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin noted that the establishment of nine federal universities by President Goodluck Jonathan had not solved the problem of paucity of space for students seeking admission into universities.
He urged President Jonathan to introduce an intervention fund for private universities to support research and production of knowledge germane to a holistic national transformation.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Eghosa Osaghea, who said over 7000 students have graduated from the university since inception, stated that the statutes of the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) and other regulatory bodies should be reviewed to enable growth of private universities.
The award of degrees and prizes were part of the activities at the 10th convocation ceremony of the Igbinedion University.
Some of the eminent personalities who graced the occasion included the governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole; former governor of Edo State, and Asante Otunfuo Osei-Tutu II.