Aisha Buhari, Gambari, others to bag KWASU honorary degrees

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, are among seven Nigerians, distinguished to receive honorary doctoral degrees at the 8th and 9th Convocation of the Kwara State University, Malete on Saturday.

The Vice-Chancellor of KWASU, Prof. Muhammed Akanbi, SAN, who disclosed this in Ilorin on Monday said that seven distinguished personalities would be conferred with the doctorate degree for their contributions to the development of the country.

While the first lady will be conferred with Doctor of Entrepreneurship, Gambari who was the first Chancellor of KWASU will bag Doctor of Letters.

Others include Alh. Mohammadu Indimi, Doctor of Technology, Alh. Abdulsamad Rabiu, Doctor of Business, Alh. Kamoru Yusuf, Doctor of Technology, Jolayemi Omotowa, Doctor of Science, and Engr. Bamidele Adewumi, the Chancellor of the institution will be also be conferred with Doctor of Technology.

Akanbi in his address also canvassed a mandatory on-campus residence for all students of tertiary institutions in the country.

Akanbi said this would help to check negative influences from outside campus that lead students to be involved in anti-social and criminal activities of which the now common internet fraud is inclusive.

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“Exposure of negative influence outside the university campus is majorly responsible for the involvement of some students in internet fraud, substance abuse and other untoward crimes,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor said that accommodation of students on the campus would not only enable them to imbibe academic culture and discipline but also insulate them from negative influence off-campus areas where the jurisdictions of the schools do not cover.

He said the on-campus residence for all students could be facilitated by the government’s support and called on relevant government agencies to plan for and make it mandatory for the students to live on campus.

He said, “We earnestly seek the support of government and the NUC in the formulation of policies that will make it mandatory for all students in tertiary institutions in Nigeria to live on campus.”

Akanbi said his university, in an effort to put an end to off-campus residences, had engaged in the private sector driven hostel accommodation projects which consist of 10 mega hostels each of which provides 120-bed space on the campus.

The Vice-Chancellor said the university had zero tolerance for indiscipline and misconduct as he disclosed that 87 students were expelled between 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic sessions.

He said the expelled students were found guilty of involvement in examination malpractice, drug-related offences, internet fraud, robbery, and some other anti-social behaviours.

Akanbi disclosed that a total number of 6,620 first degree students would graduate at the convocation ceremonies that cover two sessions of 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.

He explained that of the total 6,620, 3,864 belong to the 2019/2020 session and that the remaining 2,756 are of the 2020/2021 session while disclosing that a total of 98 students from the two sessions graduated with First Class Honours.

He also said that there were 321 graduating higher degree students in 20219/2020 and 96 in 2020/2021.

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