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*As 15 graduands Secure First Class*
*By David Uka, Abakaliki.*
The Alake of Egbaland, His Royal Majesty Oba Michael Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo (CFR) and a former Minster of Education, Professor Ihechukwu Madubuike will be awarded Honourary Doctorate Degrees at 3rd convocation of Alex Ekwueme Federal University University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo(AEFUNAI), Ebonyi state.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba disclosed this to journalists during pre-convocation press conference in the university.
He said Oba Michael Adedeju who is the Chancellor of the university will be awarded Honourary Doctorate Degree in Management while Madubuike a former Minister will be honoured with a Doctor of letters.
The awards will hold on 18th of this month the University convocation day.
He said that the award of the Doctorate degrees was the first time since the school was established.
According to him, 15 of the graduates that will be convoked made 1st class while 188 made second class upper.
Nwajiuba said “355 persons we have graduated which we will be convoking. 15 of them made 1st class, 188 made 2nd class upper, 145
made 2nd class lower, 7 third class; 355 in all.
“They are from four faculties; faculty of Humanities as the least 44, faculty of basic
medicine 52, faculty of science 101, faculty of management and social science 138. Those are the four faculties that we have the graduates.
“We have seven faculties and the other three are yet to produce graduates and they are faculty of Engineering, faculty of Agric and
faculty of Education and the college ofmedicine which is still in the second year.
“This year’s convocation will be on Tuesday 18th of this month as you have realized that it is becoming the culture of FUNAI to hold
convocation in this period when people will be around . The convocation lecture will be on Monday December 17 and our
convocation lecturer will be Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie. He is coming from Harare in Zimbabwe and he will be speaking on Education in the African continent.
“For the first time, we shall be awarding Honorary Doctoral Degrees. The first will be our chancellor His Royal Majesty Oba Michael Aremu Adedeju CFR the Aleke of Egba land. He will be conferred with Honoural Doctorate Degree in Management.
“The second person will be Professor Ihechukwu Madubuike. Professor
Madubike was Minister of Education in 1979 during the Shagari era and I think he is the oldest Minster of Education in Nigeria. He became a Minister quite early in life. He has a P.hD in French from a University in France and he was himself an academic and we though it wise to honour him with a Doctor of letters”.