PIONEERING  graduates of the University of Benin are set to immortalize the founder of the university, Dr. Sam Ogbemudia and Chief Edwin K. Clark, (UNIBEN) minister of state for works, Chris Ogiemwonyi, disclosed in Benin City yesterday.

He disclosed this at the launching of a book titled, “The foundation of the University of Benin, written by Clark, the commissioner for education under Ogbemudia.

Memories of the foundation of the UNIBEN, which started as Mid-West Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1970, were relived during the launching of the book by  Clark, Prof. Emmanuel Emovon and other speakers at the occasion.

Ogiemwonyi  told the gathering that, at the inception, the University started with 100 students but only 14 of them graduated during the first convocation of the university in 1974.

While appreciating the good works of  Ogbemudia who was the founder and then governor of the Mid-West and  Clark,  Ogiemwonyi disclosed that the first set of students from the university would immortalize Ogbemudia and  Clark.

In his brief comment, Clark remarked that he was glad that one of the first set of students to graduate from the university,  Ogiemwonyi, was now a minister, while  Lagos State  governor, Mr  Babatunde Raji Fashola  as well as the former governor of Delta State,  Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan  are  products of the university.
He expressed gratitude to the management of UNIBEN for the launching of the book.

Earlier, the chairman of the occasion and member of the university planning committee, Prof. Emmanuel Emovon, who stood in for  Ogbemudia, congratulated  Clark for the book, saying, “Clark worked so hard that he applied  himself to the setting of the university”.

The book reviewer, Prof. Chris Ikporikpo, Vice-Chancellor of Niger Delta University, Amasoma, Bayelsa  State, described the book as lucid, truthful and controversial and an insider account.


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