The Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) has named the Senate Majority Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Solomon Adeola among eminent Nigerians to be awarded honorary doctorates during its forthcoming convocation.
The university, which opened in 2012 to promote character and innovation for national transformation through academic prowess, revealed the plan in separate letters of invitation addressed to the legislators as special guests and awardees at its eighth convocation scheduled to be held between February 4 and 11, 2024.
The Vice-Chancellor of FUOYE, Prof. Abayomi Fasina, presented the letters of invitation to the legislators at the Senate Complex in Abuja, pointing out diverse reasons the governing council resolved to award them the honour.
As indicated in the letters, Bamidele, representing Ekiti Central in the Senate, will be awarded an honorary doctorate in Law. Adeola, representing Ogun West, will be honoured with a doctorate in Accounting.
The letter presented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Tajudeen Bolanle, on behalf of the vice-chancellor, read: “On behalf of senate, staff and students of the Federal University, Oye- Ekiti, I have the pleasure to invite you as a special guest and recipient of Honorary Doctorate Degree at the eighth convocation of the university.
“Having been an illustrious person and an ‘exemplary leader in contemporary Nigeria with positive impact on the lives of the vast majority of people, as well as serving as a role model to the young people through your enormous contributions to the growth of the society, the Governing Council and Senate of this university desire to confer on your highly esteemed self the award of Honorary Doctorate Degree in Law.”
“Senator Bamidele is a personality known across the federation and beyond for his strategic approach to governance in Lagos State, his passion for youth development in Nigeria, his contribution to the enactment of pro-people legislations at the National Assembly and his compassion for the people at the grassroots,” said the letter by the university.
Responding, Adeola commended the institution for the award for recognising his contribution to national development, pledging to do all things within his capacity to support the institution.