FG installs Oba of Benin Chancellor of NOUN

The federal government has installed Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo, Uku Akpolokpolor, Ewuare II, CFR, Oba of Benin as the Chancellor of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), with a mandate to improve on the fortunes of the University towards achieving the core mandate of the 42-year-old institution.

The visitor to the University, President Bola Tinubu, represented by the Minister of State for Education, Dr. Tanko Sununu, decorated Oba Ewuare II at the 13th of Convocation/investiture Ceremony of the University on Saturday in FCT, Abuja.

Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Chief Press Secretary to the Oba of Benin in a statement, made available to journalists on Saturday in Benin City, said the Royal father was also conferred Honoris Causa, Doctor in Public Administration of National Open University of Nigeria.

In Oba Ewuare’s acceptance speech after subscribing to the University’s oath led by the President, formally constituted the Convocation for Award of first Degrees, Post graduate Degrees and other Categories of Awards/ Certificates.

The Chancellor also called on federal government to consider a robust funding for the University and implored the government to be cautious of establishing University with dual roles towards ensuring that standards are upheld.

Oba Ewuare II who promised to carryout his responsibility diligently, also appealed to the government to include NOUN graduates into National Youth Service Corps, NYSC scheme by amending the Act that established the University.

The traditional ruler advised the graduands in the University to be exemplary as NOUN Alumni and explore entrepreneurship.

The Oba commended the University’s Management for its commitment to service, serves as an inspiration to the University, where a total of 22,175 graduates bagged various Degrees and merit Awards.

In his address, the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, Prof. Olufemi Peters, said the Convocation marked a milestone for graduands at the event, which he said heralds a new era for those who seek knowledge regardless of their academic background.

He also stated that the University under his leadership has made it a policy to acquire and use only vehicles from Innoson vehicles Manufacturing Company in a bid to promote local content.

Addressing graduands at the Ceremony, President Bola Tinubu, sued for cutting-edge multidisciplinary research that would benefit Nigerian Citizens and Nigeria.

He assured that the federal government will continue to promote distance learning, which he said has been widened by the government to accommodate private sector involvement in order to create access, promote quality and affordability in the mode of tertiary education.

The Honorary Award Recipients are the Founder, Innoson vehicles Manufacturing Company Limited, Chief (Dr) Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma — Recipient of Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration who was represented by Mr Jonas Chukwu, a Director in the Company, and Hajiya Hafdatu Ahmed Abdulrahid who bagged Honorary Doctorate Degree in Letters at the Convocation.

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