by Segun Odeleye
The way the vice chancellor of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, put it: The university had built a five-floor senate building and named it after the state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, boldly inscribing his name at the entrance. The governor has however turned down the honour. Mimiko said that he would not want such honour bestowed on him while he remains visitor to the institution and governor of the state.
The university has now agreed to rename the building.
“He believes that the institution could decide to name the building after him after he has left office,” said the vice chancellor, Prof. Femi Mimiko. He was full of high praise for the governor, extolling his humility, modesty and support for the institution.
The Vice Chancellor said all these while addressing the media on Tuesday, on activities marking the university’s week-long 5th Convocation Ceremony.
He said a total of 6,341 graduands from the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 sets would be convocating of which 1,519 are of the Faculty of Science, representing the largest chunk of the graduands.
“Of the two sets, 26 graduated in First Class; 1,414 in Secomd Class Upper Division; 3,505 in Second Class Lower Division; 993 in Third Class. Also listed in the convocation brochure this year are the names of some 169 graduates whose names could not be captured in the brochure of the 4th Convocation Ceremony held on March 22, 2013,” Mimiko said.
He also said the convocation ceremony would also feature a Lecture titled, The Break-up of Nigeria: Myths, Realities and Implications, and would be delivered by former President of the Senate, Dr. Iyorcha Ayu on November 5.
Prof. Mimiko also noted that 412 graduands would be receiving postgraduate degrees, 10, of whom are in the PhD category.