It alleges that they were done for financial donations and contravening policies against the award of Honorary degrees to serving government officials, amongst other reasons advanced.
The group further accused the School Vice-Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. OlayemiAkinwunmi, of corruption.
In a statement made available to journalists in Lokoja and jointly signed by Cosmas Timothy and Ali Bawa Musa, respectively, the group called on the anti-graft agency to probe the activities of the Vice-chancellor of the University as they ignored all widely held academic practices endorsed by the Universities regulatory body in the Keffi declaration of Universities in the award of Honorary degrees and instead allowed their inducements by financial donations to proliferate and determine the choice of so-called cash for carry honorary doctorate recipients.
They said the call was necessary because of the high level of alleged corruption currently ongoing in the University.
The group beckoned on Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission to hearken to them
The statement reads that during the 5th Convocation Ceremony of the Federal University Lokoja (FUL), five (5) prominent Nigerians were conferred with Honorary Doctorate Degrees (Honoris Causa) by the Institution
We have it on good authority that the Institution Vice-Chancellor demanded some financial gratification from the beneficiaries as a basis for awards.
There is serious Corruption in FUL as the VC of the Institution Prof Olayemi Akinwumi has proliferated awards of honorary Doctorate Degree for Financial Donations, ignoring academic practices in the procedures for selecting awardees, contravening the maximum number of awardees in convocation and dishing out degrees in courses, the University lacks the license to award Doctorates and awarding honorary degrees to cronies who are serving government officials.
This practice is dangerous for our educational sector. We are appealing to anti-graft agenciesand regulatory body the National Universities Commission (NUC) to investigate this act, the group further alleged.
It could be recalled that the following person conferred with honorary doctorates degrees by the Federal University Lokoja (FUL) recently, the includes
1 AIG (Rtd) Cornelius Kayode Aderanti, SSA to the President of on Special Duty: Doctor of Science in Political science (Honoris Causa)
2. Dr Innocent Ozoemana Ezuma, the Lord Mayor in the Ancient Kingdom of Arondizuogu: Doctor of Science in Geology (Honoris Causa)
3. Alhaji (Dr) Sani Zangor Daura CON, Danmasanin Daura: Doctor of Science in Political Science (Honoris Causa)
4. Jibril Lawal Tafida, Chairman/CEO of JITA Group of Companies: Doctor of Science in Economics (Honoris Causa)
5. Professor Toyin Falola, Professor of African History and Jacob and Frances Sanger MossikerChair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, USA: Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa).
Reps Seek More Industries To Combat Unemployment, Social Vices In Nigeria
The House, therefore, mandated the Committee on Labour Employment and Productivity to develop a comprehensive
industrial revolution template featuring both economic and social impact projections and report back
within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.
It also mandated the Committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation of the resolution.
These followed the adoption of a move brought by Hon. Chinedu Emeka Martins, wherein he noted that the “unprecedented rate of unemployment is the root of the social vices currently experienced in the country and 33.3% unemployment and the 28% youth unemployment rates amounting to over 11 million unemployed youths, verifies the lack of cottage industries in the country, which should have played a critical role in engaging youthful energy positively in the production of raw materials as well as semi-finished products, thus distract young people from taking up social vices as the only alternative for survival and social
The lawmaker also stressed the need for a comprehensive industrial revolution saying, “an intervention at this point in the history of our nation, given the recent developments in the political, social and economic spheres of the country
which re–emphasize the fact that youths are important stakeholders in the Nigerian project.”
He said, “the predominance of industrial clusters in South East Asian countries has motivated industrial
growth in the form of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and massive decline in unemployment, making way
for stability in the economy, political leadership and lower crime rates as a result of their remarkable success in industrialization.”
He said a similar strategy of building cottage industries has worked agreeably in some African countries like Rwanda, Mozambique, Ghana and South Africa, an indication that grassroots industrialization produces an array of positive economic and social impacts.
He however expressed worries that Nigeria is yet to positively harness the human capital resources accruing from its youthful population through the creation of industrial clusters to engage the youths.
He believes that “it has become imperative for government to re-strategize by establishing industries in the 360 federal constituencies, which would play a critical role in curbing the unemployment problems and boost the
country’s Gross Domestic Products.”
He argued that “such an Industrial Revolution Scheme, if implemented and sustained will entrench the
culture of hard work and regrow moral values lost in the wake of cybercrime, human trafficking, kidnapping
and drug addiction.”
“The siting of Industries in the 360 Federal Constituencies will facilitate Federal presence at the grassroots and positively impact lives of rural dwellers through employment, infrastructural development. Envisages a comprehensive industrialization scheme targeting both extractive and manufacturing stages as well as the processing of agricultural produce into semi-finished products for internal consumption and possible export, while establishing cottage industries based on needs assessment and viability in the 360 Federal Constituencies of the Federation to combat unemployment and drive grassroots industrial growth.”
Obituary: Kayode Adegoke To Be Buried On Saturday (Photo)
Olugbade Adegoke, elder brother of the deceased, told FIJ on Wednesday that arrangements had been concluded by the Adegoke extended family to lay the Abuja-based accountant to rest.
“The family has concluded arrangements to bury my brother. We have also released our burial arrangement plans to the public,” said Olugbade.
Adegoke’s body has been at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo, for several weeks because of a police investigation into his death at Hilton Hotel and Resort, Ile-Ife, where he was lodged.
Rahmon Adedoyin, the owner of the hotel, and six others are currently in police custody over the incident.
“We now have an understanding as a family that his body is no longer required in the ongoing investigation being carried out by the police. As such, we have concluded plans to claim Timothy’s body from the morgue at LAUTECH, Osogbo, so he can be buried,” Olugbade told FIJ.
Adegoke is to be buried in Eruwa, his hometown in Oyo State.
Meanwhile, the police have refused to make public the content of the autopsy report carried out on Adegoke’s body on December 8, 2021.
FIJ made several calls to Frank Mba, Nigeria Police spokesperson, for updates on the ongoing investigation, but they were not answered. A text message sent to him had also not been responded to at press time.