UNN honours Access Bank, Dozzy Group bosses
By Mbadiwe Okwor
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has bestowed doctorate degrees on three distinguished persons, including the Managing Director of Access Bank Plc, Mr Herbert Wigwe.
Also awarded the degrees were Dr Daniel Chukwudozie of Dozzy Group and Reginald Chika Stanley, former Executive Secretary of Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency.
While Wigwe and Chukwudozie were conferred with the awards of Doctor of Business Administration, Stanley was awarded the Doctor of Public Administration degree.
The three were part of the 2,113 persons conferred with post graduate degrees as part of the institution’s 48th convocation ceremony.
Earlier on Friday, some 9,750 persons were conferred with their first degrees as a prelude to yesterday’s event.
Speaking at the ceremony which was declared open by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the institution’s visitor, President Muhammadu Buhari, challenged first-generation universities in the country to find solutions to the country’s challenges.
Buhari, who was represented by Mr Eddy Nwokoye, the Director of Finance and Accounts at the Federal Ministry of Education, also challenged the institutions to embark on research works that would promote innovations in production to stimulate the economy.
He said that the university system had a role to play in tackling the country’s challenges such as insecurity and poverty.
“Education is an antidote to ignorance and poverty. Education should not be left to the government alone as the private sector must join hands to take the sector to its rightful place.
“Universities should leverage on other sources of funding to complement government’s efforts.
“Universities determine the quality of future leaders and that is why we must all join hands to build a virile university system,’’ he said.
Speaking earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, said that 480 post graduates out of the total of 2,113 bagged doctorate degrees.
Ozumba said that university was proving its mettle among the comity of educational institutions globally by winning competitive bids to host research centres.
He also called on the graduates to continue to look back on the institution as they progressed in life knowing that it laid the foundation for their future endeavours.
The Ooni of Ife, who is the Chancellor of the institution, announced that the occasion was the last convocation to be organised by Ozumba who is due to leave the office after serving the required tenure.
He praised the school for producing first-class graduates in many disciplines, adding that he was proud to be associated with it.
Wigwe, who spoke on behalf of other award recipients, said that the more than 11,000 persons who passed out of the institution were capable to changing the country for the better if they put their training to good use.
He said that great institutions like the UNN could take one a very long way.
“It gives one the confidence to carry on one’s life challenges. It gave the capacity to finish whatever I start in my endeavours,’’ the 1987 graduate of UNN explained.
Speaking at a reception in his honour, Chukwudozie called on Nigerian universities to leverage other relationships including the private sector; friends, alumni, institutional linkages and funding organisations for additional revenue for infrastructure, research and development.
Chuwkwudozie, who promised to continue to support the development of educational in the country had donated model secondary schools to the church in Onitsha and his home town; Okija, both in Anambra State and repeated similar feat in Rivers State. ##