By Wole Balogun
Nigerian football legend, Segun Odegbami, aka ‘mathematical Odegbami’, legal luminary, Wole Olanipekun, renown banker, and ex-First Bank Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Olabisi Onasanya and leading publisher and chairman, Trust News, Mallam Kabiru Yusuf will be garlanded with the honoris causa, (Honourary Doctoral degrees) of the prestigious Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) during the 7th Convocation ceremony of the upwardly mobile Ivory Tower which kicks off from February 6, 2023. Chairman of the University Ceremonial Committee, Prof. Tajudeen Bolanle Opoola , has revealed in a statement made available to the University media team on Wednesday
The 7th Convocation ceremony also features other important events which include a Convocation play to be presented by the institution’s Department of Theatre and Media Arts currently under the headship of Associate Professor Lilian E. Bakare, which promises to be thrilling, instructive and refreshing, induction of engineering students at the Ikole campus, 8th lnuagural lecture by Prof. A. Akeem Ajiboye, world press briefing by the VC, Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina, presentation of the VC’s merit awards for deserving staff members as well as commissioning of infrastructural projects to mark the two year eventful and highly rewarding tenure of the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Fasina, among others.
Excited about the development, Mr. Odegbami said: “Gooď News from a citadel of learning. Even in an atmosphere of ominous dark, grey clouds, some sunlight shines through… completely out of the blue, I received a call from an emissary, followed by an official letter from the office of the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, giving me the good news of the desire of the university to confer on me an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Human Kinetics at the university’s 7th Convocation ceremony coming up in February.
“I was going to keep it to myself but wiser counsel by a few friends that I shared it with prevailed. So, here I am, using this small medium to publicly acknowledge this offer.
“I humbly urge all those that read this to join me in expressing very sincere gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abayomi Sunday Fasina, the Governing Council, the Senate, Staff and Students of the University for finding me deserving of such an exalted honour.
“This is fuel to my spirit and my being. I shall continue to make my humble contributions to the fields of sports, society and humanity. ”
The VC, Prof. Fasina who is the Chief host of the occasion , said in his release: “On behalf of the Governing Council, Senate, Staff and Students of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, I have the pleasure to invite you to the 7th Convocation Ceremonies of the University scheduled to hold between Monday, 6th February and 12th February, 2023. The Convocation Ceremonies are for the investiture of the University Chancellor, Awards of Postgraduate and Graduate degrees, conferment of Honorary Doctoral degrees as well as Special Meritorious Service Awards to some distinguished personalities in Nigeria.
“Kindly note the details of events,
Monday, 6th February, 2023, 10 am; Vice-Chancellor’s Press Conference University Governing Council Chambers, Tuesday, 7th February, 2023 10-11am
12-3pm Vice-Chancellor’s opening of Free health care services in Oye community, Commissioning of projects in Oye campus Oloye’s Palace
Wednesday, 8th February, 2023 10-11am
2-4pm Vice-Chancellor’s opening of Free health care services in Ikole community
Induction of Engineering students into the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE)
Commissioning of projects at Ikole campus and Institute of Part Time Studies, Ikole/Ire Elekole’s Palace
Faculty of Engineering, Ikole Campus
Ikole and Ire Centres
Thursday, 9th February, 2023 10am-1pm
2-4pm Convocation Lecture.
Command performance by Theatre & Media Arts students Faculty of Science Lecture Theatre
Theatre Arts Studio complex
Friday, 10th February, 2023 10am-1pm
1-2:30pm Vice-Chancellor’s Merit Award to Professionals and deserving staff members
Jumat Service Faculty of Science Lecture Theatre
University Mosque,Oye campus
Saturday, 11th February, 2023 11am Convocation and investiture of the Chancellor, Award of degrees,University Founders day speech Theatre Arts Studio complex
Sunday, 12th February, 2023 10am-12pm Thanksgiving Service Chapel of Transformation, ” he said.