The Vice Chancellor Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Prof Salako has said that the Institution would be honouring Professors Wole Soyinka during their 26the Convocation ceremony because of their cerebral attainments and statuses.
Making this clarification at the convocation Press briefing on Monday held at the Senate Chamber of the University. He noted that the remaining 43 graduants are the unclassified Veterinary Medicine Degree, adding that the post-graduate school is presenting 79 Doctorate degrees, 241 Masters (academic), 65 Masters (Professionals) and 33 Post Graduate Diplomas.
Activities lined up for the convocation ceremony included: Commissioning of projects which will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Convocation lecture on “Food and Us: Poverty, Policies and Politics” to be delivered by Prof. Toyin Falola from the University of Texas at Houson, USA will also take place on Wednesday.
Conferment of First Degrees would hold on Thursday, while conferment of post graduate Diploma, Higher and Honourary Degrees will hold on Friday.
Acknowledging that the two hononary awardees had received different awards both nationally and internationally, Salako noted that they ought to be honoured in their home lands.
He said, “it is noteworthy that ‘Kongi” has won and received many internationally acclaimed awards which include the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature and the December 2017 Europe Theatre Prize, none has been given him in Abeokuta, his homestead”, positing that Wole Soyinka has put the name of Abeokuta on the world map.
He noted that Falola has also received several lifetime career awards and in various parts of the world, which included the Lincoln Award, Nigeria Diaspora Academic Prize, Cheikh Anta Diop Award Amistad Award, Fellow of Nigeria Academy of Letters and Distinguished Africanist
Highlighting some of his achievements in the last one year as the Vice Chancellor of the ivory tower, Salako noted that peace has returned to the institution compared to the atmosphere in the university when he took over the mantle of leadership.
He said, “we we felt to calm the frayed nerves and assuage the aggrieved without compromising ethics and lowering standards. We mended fences, held olive branch and extended hands of fellowship to all parties and leanings through purposeful, democratic leadership deeply rooted and firmly established in the principle of fairness, equity, justice, transparency and sense of ownership”.
Some of the ongoing projects inherited had been completed while new ones had been initiated.
Construction of Police Post, which was built from the reparation fee charged the students after the August, 2016 mayhem that led to vandalization of property in the neighbourhood.
The convocation is the first to be presided over by Professor Felix Kolawole Salako in his capacity as the Sixth Substantive Vice-Chancellor of the