By Ime Silas
The management of Obong University, Akwa Ibom state has announced its upcoming convocation scheduled to hold on the 20th and 21st November, 2015 at the School’s grounds, Obong in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of the state.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Udoudo Ekanemesang, made this known last week during a pre-convocation press briefing held at the Senate chambers of the institution. According to the Vice Chancellor, “64 (sixty four) students who have been found to be worthy in character and learning” were to receive degrees from different fields of study.
The University boss also hinted that apart from the award of First Degrees, Prizes and Honorary Degrees, which would hold on November 21; Convocation Lecture which is to be delivered by the Chancellor of Leeds City University, Ibadan, Prof. Gabriel Ogunmola, FAS, holds earlier on 20th November, 2015 at Sulivan Hall of the University at 2 pm. Billed to chair the Convocation Lecture on the topic: Public Private Partnership: The Role of Government in Developing and Sustaining Private Universities, is the Akwa Ibom state Commissioner for Education, the Rt. Hon. Aniekan Akpan.
“ The (Obong) University Senate has approved that selected eminent individuals who have distinguished themselves in their respective careers and made significant contribution to the development of the society be honored with conferment of Honorary Degrees. Two people who meet these criteria have been approved by Senate for honorary doctor of science degrees (honoris causa). They are (a) HRM Okuku Dr. Ime Udousoro Inyang, the Paramount Ruler of Ibiono Ibom Local Government and former Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Supreme Council of Chiefs will be conferred with Doctor of Science in Public Administration (Honoris Causa).
(b) Mr. Douglas Boateng, a Ghanaian citizen, Chancellor of Knutsford University College, Ghana and a very successful businessman will be awarded Doctorate of Science in Management ( Honoris Causa)”, Prof. Ekanemesang had told Journalists on those to be honored during the event.
Speaking on the achievements of the first indigenous private University in Akwa Ibom state, the elated Vice Chancellor noted that the institution which started eight years ago with 19 students and Twenty Four Graduands on its first convocation, was expecting a minimum of 800 intakes in the current admission year. He further said that Obong University has recorded another significant milestone, having successfully secured a permanent license status by the National University Commission, NUC.
He said “ another significant milestone is that NUC has certified our permanent license status. The number of programs offered at Obong University has increased from five to ten. Obong University offers the following programs: Accounting, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Computer Science, Economics, International Relations, Public Administration, Peace and Conflict Management, Sociology and Political Science”.
While eulogizing the founder and the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the University, Prof. Moses Akpanudo and wife for their commitment at ensuring the sustenance of the institution whom he said was their contribution toward academic advancement and development of their immediate society, the Vice Chancellor called on well-meaning individuals to contribute to the development of the institution in order to achieve its vision as the first indigenous private University in Akwa Ibom state. He used the occasion to invite the general public to attend the convocation ceremonies.