Former Minister of Information and National Orientation, Prof Jerry Gana is to deliver the 9th convocation lecture of Ajayi Crowther University (ACU), Oyo. The lecture is scheduled to hold on Thursday, 12th October 2017.
According to a statement released by the University’s Senior Assistant Registrar, Public Relations, Mr Alvan Ewuzie, the ex-minister would deliver a lecture entitled ‘Building a Culture of Academic Excellence in Nigerian Universities’.
He stated that Gana was expected to bring his vast experience in politics and the Academia to bare in the lecture, which was among the events lined up for the convocation ceremony.
According to him, the lecture is scheduled to hold on Thursday, Oct. 12 at the institution’s law auditorium.
Gana has served the nation in various capacities including a former Director of defunct Mass Mobilization for Social Justice and Economic Recovery (MAMSER). Born on November 30, 1945, he was appointed professor of Geography at the Ahmadu Bello University in 1985.
Ewuzie said three eminent personalities would be conferred with the honourary degrees during the convocation ceremony scheduled to hold on Oct. 13, in appreciation of their various contributions to the development of the state and the country.
They are: Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, and a businessman, Chief Tunde Afolabi. He added that the university’s library would also mount an exhibition entitled ‘Ajayi Crowther University: Transformation in the midst of Recession’ at the T.Y Danjuma Library. He also said that Bode Sowande, an accomplished playwright and Director, would present a play titled `Flamingo’ which he wrote and directed in the evening of Thursday, Oct. 12.
He quoted the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dapo Asaju as saying that the university’s governing council had approved that the convocation be brought forward from the former regular date in November. Asaju said that the shift in the date was to enable graduating students attend the ceremony since many of them would be at the camps for National Youth Service at that time.