By Dayo Adesulu
Lagos—The University of Lagos, UNILAG, yesterday honoured His Royal Eminence, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, Professor John Pepper Clark and Professor Ayodele Francis Ogunye with honorary Doctorate degrees.
While, the Shehu of Borno and the 7th Chancellor of UNILAG, received D.Sc. (Honoris Causa) in Public Administration, the great poet, Pepper Clark received D. Litt. (Honoris Causa), just as a dedicated Professor of Chemical Engineering and philanthropist, Ayodele Ogunye also received D.Sc. (Honoris Causa) in Engineering.
In addition to the above awardees, Professor Osato Frank Giwa-Osagie was also honoured with an Emeritus Professorship of the UNILAG, while four Professors also become Distinguished Professors.
The distinguished Professors include, Professor Babajide Ibitayo Alo, Professor Olukayode Amund, Professor Mrs Cecilia Ihuoma Igwilo and Professor Jim Ijenwa Unah.
Pro-Chancellor calls for true federalism
Meantime, former Minister of Information and Orientation and present Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, Professor Jerry Gana, yesterday called for a United Nigeria, adding that the Federal Government should practice true federalism and implement the 2014 National Conference’s recommendations.
Gana, who described the 2014 confab as the panacea to our national problems said: “The Federal Government should look at the major recommendations of that conference, examine them and implement those that will help us to move forward.”
Speaking at the 49th convocation at UNILAG, he said that the Federal Government should seek sustainable ways to ensure that tNigerians live together in peace and harmony.
He said: “Our constitution clearly provided that: “The security and welfare of the people is the primary purpose of governance.
“Why we pray to the federal government for the restoration of peace in the north east, we realised that there are also agitations in several places of Nigeria.
“To promote peace and stability in Nigeria, I believe we should have the courage to correct some fundamental defects in our federal systems.”
“As stated by our founding father, only a true federal structure can provide a sustainable basis for living together in peace.’’