University to confer Olanipekun, Onasanya, Odegbami with honourary degrees

From Priscilla Ediare, Ado Ekiti

The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), in Ekiti State, Prof Abayomi Sunday Fasina, on Monday said a total of 91 students will be graduating with first-class honours at the 7th convocation ceremony of the institution.

The VC also said the institution will confer honourary degrees on eminent personalities at the event, including legal giant Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, former Managing Director/ CEO of First Bank Plc, Mr Stephen Bisi Onasanya and former captain of the Super Eagles, Chief Segun Odegbami.

Fasina who made this known during a press conference heralding the ceremony scheduled to hold Saturday explained that 3,914 students are expected to graduate with various degrees from the university.

Given the breakdown, the VC said: “Out of 3,914 first degree graduands, 91 graduated with first class, 1,423 with second class upper division, 1845 with second class lower division and 452 third class.”

He added that a total of 21 would earn Doctorate, Masters’s 79 and Post graduate diploma 3, during the convocation.

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Fasina who hinted that the university has become one of the most sought-after in the country noted that in the last two years, the school has not gone on strike, and there is academic stability, peace and admission have increased within these years.

“FUOYE is the 5th most subscribed university in the country in the 2021/2022 academic session with over 45,000 admission seekers.

“In the 2022/2023 academic session, we had over 53,000 admission seekers subscribing to FUOYE.”

The professor, who stated that admission seekers now scrabble to come to FUOYE because of the moderate school fees, stable academic calendar, and new lucrative programmes, among other student-friendly policies, explained that the institution which started with 512 students in 2011 now has over 40,000 students from across 11 faculties with 74 programs.

“We have a part-time programme in 9 towns across Ekiti State and we have been enjoying industrial harmony in the last two years.

“Demystification of the office of the Vice Chancellor and genuine reconciliation are part of our achievements.”