EKSU clarifies VC’s son’s graduation from Oxford University

EKSU VC Edward Olanipekun and son

Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, (EKSU) has said Temilorun Olanipekun, son of the vice-chancellor Prof. Edward Olanipekun, studied abroad because he got a scholarship.

Temilorun’s graduation from Oxford University had raised criticism among the public. Many wondered if the vice-chancellor did not believe in the quality of education in Nigeria.

However, spokesman for EKSU Bode Olofinmuagun said in a statement that Temilorun was a first-class graduate of a Nigerian university before taking up the scholarship opportunity at Oxford.

“It is, however, apposite to make it abundantly clear that the Vice-Chancellor strongly believes in the Nigerian project, in general, and EKSU, in particular. As a Comrade, he does not believe in either medical or educational tourism, common among some privileged few.

“The graduand had his first degree from a Nigerian university and graduated with a First Class Honours. Consequently, he won a FULLY SPONSORED (highly competitive) scholarship to embark on his Master’s degree programme at Oxford University. The scholarship incorporated accommodation, tuition, feeding and other expenses,” the statement read.

The varsity added that Olanipekun was not aware of his son’s admission to study at Oxford University and could not have stopped him from attending such a globally acclaimed institution.