Igbinedion University, Okada, on Tuesday held its 17th founder’s Day and Special Convocation ceremonies in a grand style. The event, well advertised in both the social and regular media of communication was not only well attended, but witnessed the presence of the 'who is who' of the society. Students from different institutions in the country also gathered in large numbers desiring to catch a glimpse of two personalities in the whole crowd, that is, Mr. Innocent Idibia (a.k.a) Tuface Idibia ) and the Great Esama of Benin. This was evident by the cheers the duo received from the students when they entered the ceremonial hall of Igbinedion University.
Declaring the event open, the chancellor of the university, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, went down the memory lane while seeking the government’s approval for the University. He stated that on May 10, 1999, the certificate number 001 was delivered to him amidst cheers from friends and close associates who accompanied him to Abuja for the ceremony. He noted with joy that the university in the past years has trained about 10,000 quality graduates who have distinguished themselves in different sectors of the economy.
The chancellor said the board of regents will continue to be committed to the development of the faculties to equip and the departments for effective development of human capital for the country. According to him, all the programmes of the University have received the accreditations of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the relevant professional bodies. In addition, he said, the university has continued to engage competent academics and professionals for the training of the students. This, he explained has distinguished graduates of Igbinedion University from graduates trained in other universities. Chief Igbinedion commended the Vice Chancellor and his wonderful team for the zeal and commitment in the moving the university to a higher level.
He congratulated the honorary graduate, Mr. Innocent Tuface Idibia for the conferment of Honorary Master of Arts Degree of Igbinedion University.
Chief Igbinedion urged the Nigerian youths to emulate the virtue of Tuface who through hard work and commitment had risen to the position of honour early in life.
Earlier speaking, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Eghosa Osagha commended Chief Igbinedion for his foresight in establishing the university seventeen years ago.
He said the university had grown over the years and today could boast of having trained over ten thousand graduates and about one thousand medical doctors.
Professor Osaghae stated that students of Igbinedion University have continued to be shining light to Nigerian students. He recalled that with joy that some students of the university last year represented Africa in a Petro-Bow competition in Texas, United State in a global competition for all Petroleum Engineering students in the universities of the world, adding that Igbinedion students have again qualified to represent Africa in Dubai in the same competition this year. The high point of the event was the conferment of Honorary Masters Degree on the Nigeria’s foremost music icon, Innocent Iibia (a.k.a Tuface Idibia)
In his acceptance speech, Tuface thanked the university for the honour; saying that the award would spur him to do more. He described Igbinedion University as the first and leading Private University in the country that had distinguished itself in the comity of private universities.
The 17th Founder’s Day was climaxed with the commissioning of both the Igbinedion University Centre for Peace and Security Studies and Igbinedion University Centre for Edo Studies.
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