The Governors of Rivers, Lagos and Oyo States, Nyesom Wike, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Seyi Makinde were conferred with honorary doctorate degrees on Friday in Oyo.
Naija News understands that Ajayi Crowther University in Oyo had yesterday conferred honorary doctorate degrees in different disciplines on the three governors during the institution’s 14th Convocation Ceremony at its campus in Oyo.
According to a statement issued by Sanwo-Olu’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, while the Rivers State governor and his counterpart in Oyo, were conferred Doctor of Law (Honoris Causa) and Doctor of Science in Engineering (Honoris Causa) respectively, the Lagos State governor was honoured with a Doctor of Public Administration (Honoris Causa).
Naija News gathered that 34 other graduands were conferred with Doctor of Philosophy Degrees (PhD) in Mass Communication, English Language, Religious Studies, Business Administration, Computer Science, and Economics.
In his remark, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of the University, Chief Dr Wole Olanipekun, said the three governors received the University’s honorary degrees because they have practically demonstrated their goodness.
He noted that the awards were in recognition of their distinguished commitment to the improvement and betterment of human life, noting that Sanwo-Olu has been tested and proven a loyal public servant in Lagos State, before his emergence as the Lagos State governor in 2019.
Olanipekun stated that “As the 15th Governor of Lagos State, he (Governor Sanwo-Olu) continues to give meritorious service which enhances the lives of Lagos inhabitants in the various sectors of education, health, transportation, trade, and commerce. He demonstrates healthy and practical dedication to productive governance.”
The Vice Chancellor of the Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Prof. Timothy Adebayo, also added that their recognition was for the good works they have been doing even before the three of them became governors.
He maintained that “These personalities are not selected as the award recipients today, just because they are state governors. They have been selected because they are eminently qualified by virtue of the manifestations of their good works before they became governors and the benevolent extension of such works now that they are governors.”
While appreciating the Governing Council and management of the Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo for the honour, Makinde, who spoke on behalf of the honorary awardees congratulated all the graduands and pledged to support the growth and development of the institution.