Sanusi to chair LASU convocation lecture

Muhammadu Sanusi, Emir of Kano

Immediate past Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, will on 26th March chair the convocation lecture of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo.

The lecture titled; “The Future of Developing Economies in a Digital World,” is part of activities lined up to mark the institution’s 24th convocation ceremony.

A total of 8,959 graduates will be awarded certificates in various degrees and diplomas at the ceremonies scheduled to hold between 20th and 27th March.

The lecture, according to the university’s vice-chancellor, Olanrewaju Fagbohun, will be delivered by the president of African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Benedict Oramah.

Mr Sanusi was on Monday deposed by the Kano State government for “disrespecting constituted authorities”.

Same day, the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State had announced that the former king would be awarded an honorary doctorate in risk management.

However, this honour had to be deferred on Thursday when the university’s convocation held considering the prevailing circumstances.

Hours after Mr Sanusi’s removal, the Kaduna State Government announced his appointment into both its investment agency and as the governing council chairman of the state-owned Kaduna State University.

Announcing the choice of Sanusi as the LASU convocation lecture chairman on Friday, Fagbohun, at a pre-convocation briefing, said the choice predated the removal of the emir.

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He added that the removal has also not reduced the intellectual richness of Sanusi.

At the convocation ceremonies, the vice-chancellor revealed that six Nigerians, including Oluremi Tinubu, a senator and the wife of the former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu; Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, and the chairman of Honeywell Flour, Oba Otudeko, will receive honourary doctorate degrees.

Others being honoured include Opeyemi Oke, Aderemi Makanjuola and Segun Agbaje.

Mr Fagbohun, who disclosed that this year’s convocation ceremony will mark his last as the university’s vice-chancellor, said he was happy with the legacy he would be leaving behind.

He hinted that in appreciation of some former governing council chairmen and former vice-chancellors, certain infrastructure and streets on the main campus will be named after them.

The beneficiaries include Akin Kekere-Ekun, Bode Augusto, J. K Randle, Ademola Akesode, Jadesola Akande and Oladapo Obafunwa.

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