President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, alongside two other distinguished Nigerians have been awarded honorary Doctorate degrees by the University of Ibadan.
Africa’s richest entrepreneur was conferred with a Doctor of Science awards by the University of Ibadan on the occasion of the institution’s Founder’s Day anniversary on Friday, November 17, 2016.
The two other distinguished recipients of the honorary awards are the world-renowned literary giant, Professor Niyi Osundare and the Asiwaju of Ibadanland, Chief Bode Amao.
Notable guests at the occasion include; the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar and the Emir of Kano, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, speaking before the event disclosed that UI is showcasing Alhaji Aliko Dangote not just because of his wealth, but for his entrepreneurial spirit especially as he is building the biggest refinery in the world in Lagos State which is going to employ thousands and thousands of Nigerian men and women.
Also speaking on the other honorary awardees, the vice-chancellor acknowledged the remarkable contributions of Professor Niyi Osundare and 84-year-old entrepreneur, Chief Bode Amao, to humanity, submitting that they have individually distinguished themselves as good role models.
The University of Ibadan’s maiden Research and Development Fair code-named UI-Town Connect, 2016, which is a prelude to the convocation ceremony, is aimed at showcasing the high-quality research breakthroughs from UI, as a world-class institution of learning, with a view to enabling industrialists to see the potential of the university, as well as influencing and impacting positively on the nation.
At this year’s convocation ceremony, the vice-chancellor disclosed that a total of 5,598 undergraduates, 265 diplomas, 3,579 masters and 442 Ph.D and one Doctor of Medicine certificates, marking the highest number of Ph.D the institution has ever produced in a single year.