6th December, 2021
By Bushrah Yusuf-Badmus
Kwara State University (KWASU) is set to confer Honorary Degrees on the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, the Chief of Staff to the president, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, and five others.
The conferment will hold during the combined 8th and 9th convocation ceremony, according to the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Mustapha Akanbi.
Others to be honoured are KWASU Chancellor, Dr John Bamidele, Dr Muhammadu Indimi, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, Alhaji Kamoru Yusuf and Mr Babatunde Omotowa.
”These individuals are being honoured for their contributions to national development in their various endeavours.
”Mrs Buhari will be honoured with Doctor of Entrepreneurship, Prof. Gambari, Doctor of Letters, Dr Adewumi and Alhaji Yusuf with Doctor of Technology, Alhaji Rabiu, Doctor of Business and Mr Omotowa with a Doctor of Science degree.
He added that the school produced 98 First-Class graduates out of the 6,620 students that graduated in the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic sessions.
Prof. Akanbi said 3,864 of the students were for the 2019/2020 session while 2,756 were for the 2020/2021 session.
”In addition, we are graduating 321 students for higher degrees in the 2019/2020 session and 96 in the 2020/2021 session.
”Due to the prevailing situation concerning COVID-19, all the ceremonies will be conducted in Hybrid Mode – virtual and physical.
”Therefore, only First-Class graduands, a few Second class Upper graduands and prize winners will be allowed into the University’s Mini Convocation Arena for the conferment of first degrees on Friday, Dec. 10.
”On Saturday, Dec. 11, all Doctorates and few Masters’ degree graduands will be allowed physical presence at the ceremony,” the Vice-Chancellor said.
On academic growth of the institution, Prof. Akanbi said eight programmes earned full accreditation status in 2020 while nine programmes went through resource visitation by the National Universities Commission during the 2020/2021 session.
In terms of discipline, the Vice-Chancellor said between 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic sessions, 87 students were expelled from the University.
”The students were involved in examination malpractice, drug-related offences, internet fraud, robbery, among other anti-social behaviours,” he said.
However, he called on the state government to restore the institution’s subvention as all its activities have been funded through internally generated revenue.