Ahead the convocation ceremony of ObafemiÂ Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Michael Faborode has in LagosÂ Â announced the conferment of the Honourary Doctor of Technology (Honoris Causa)Â on the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Engr. Ernest Ndukwe.
Professor Faborode who made this known in Lagos during the confermentÂ distinguished alumnus award to graduates of Ife who have made their mark in the leadership of the Nigerian ICT industry , by the Lagos Chapter of the OUU Alumni Association of Lagos, said Engr. Ndukweâ€™s stride in the telecom industry and the mark he has made in the economy with his roles in the industry, has made him one of the four meritorious recipients of the honorary degrees to be conferred with the during the November 2009 convocation ceremonies. â€œYou know that OAU doctorate is one of the most prestigious. You do not buy it or lobby for it.
The Senate of the University has considered Engr. Ndukwe worthy of this degree and this will be one of the major highlights of the convocation ceremonyâ€, he said.
The event witnessed the conferment of Distinguished Alumni Award of the University on graduates of OAU who are holding key positions in the ICT industry, including the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, Professor Cleopas Angaye, CEO of Omatek Computers, Engr Mrs Flourence Seriki, President of the Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, Commandant of Nigerian Army Signal Corp, Apapa, Major General G. Umoh, CEO of ChamsÂ Nigeria Plc, Engr. Gbenga Aladekomo, CEO of MainOne, Ms.Â Funke Opeke, CEO of Linkserve, Mr. Chima Onyekwere, CEO of TraxAxxent, Mrs. Bunmi Afolabi, CEO of New Horizon, Mr. Tim Akano, the Chief Technical Officer of MTN Nigeria, Mr. Karl Toriola, the Nigeriaâ€™s ICT Ambassador, Mr. Gbenga Sesan, and Engr. Ndukwe.
The event also witnessed the launch of e_Magazine, published by Mr. Aaron Ukodie, the immediate past Telecom Editor of Daily IndependentÂ Newspaper who is alsoÂ a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University.