Awka the Anambra State Capital was agog on Friday as Nnamdi Azikiwe University continued its 13th Convocation Ceremony with presentation of Honourary Doctorate Degrees to the CEO of Chrome Group Sir Emeka Offor, the Obi of Onitsha His Majesty Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe and the running mate of Late Chief M.K.O Abiola in the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election Ambassador Babagana Kingibe. The trio who were honoured with Doctor of Entrepreneurship, Doctor of Science and Doctor of Politics and Strategy respectively received the awards with dignitaries across the country in attendance.
In his speech, the Visitor of the University President Muhammadu Buhari assured Nigerians that his government will put in more efforts to secure employment opportunities for the nation’s graduates. President Buhari who was represented at the occasion by the Honourable Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah further urged the graduands to be patriotic and law abiding.
Also in his address, the University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku thanked the University Community for the full support they gave to him. He further used the opportunity to disclose the achievements of his administration. Prof. Ahaneku’s tenure as Vice-Chancellor ends in June 2019.
In their reactions, the awardees pledged that the awards bestowed on them shall always motivate them to put in more efforts in giving the best to Nigeria and Nigerians. They also promised to devote the awards to betterment of humanity.
Other dignitaries at the event include former Senate President Ken Nnamani, Honourable Minister of Information Lai Mohammed, Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan, Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, Anambra South Senator-Elect Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, Awka Monarch His Majesty Obi Gibson Nwosu, academic scholars, students and gentlemen of the press.