Aisha Buhari, Gambari, BUA Group chairman, others to receive KWASU honorary degrees

Aisha Buhari

First lady Aisha Buhari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff, Prof Ibrahim Gambari and five others will be awarded honorary degrees by Kwara State University (KWASU) during its joint eighth and ninth convocation on December 11.

Vice-chancellor of the institution Prof. Mustapha Akanbi made the disclosure on Monday during a press conference.

According to Prof. Akanbi, others to be honoured are KWASU chancellor, John Bamidele; industrialist, Muhammadu Indimi; BUA Group chairman, Abdulsamad Rabiu; Kamoru Yusuf and Babatunde Omotowa.

He said, “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.”

The vice-chancellor 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.

He said, “In addition, we are graduating 321 students for higher degrees in 2019/2020 session and 96 in the 2020/2021 session.

“Due to the prevailing situation with respect to 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, December 10.

“On Saturday, December 11, all Doctorates and few Masters’ degree graduands will be allowed physical presence at the ceremony.”

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.