Coming 15th Convocation ceremonies of Ajayi Crowther University (ACU) Oyo has got a major boost as one of the prospective honourees joyfully received the institution’s delegate with a promise to make contributions to the development of the faith-based university.
Chairman, Skyway Aviation Handling Company Pls (SAHACO), Barrister (Dr.) Taiwo O. Afolabi who gleefully received ACU’s Management delegate led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Timothy Abiodun Adebayo in his Lagos office said any contribution to a faith-based university like ACU should be considered as laudable given the vision of the institution.
Barrister Afolabi who expressed delight at his choice as one of the three eminent Nigerians that would be honoured with the award of honoris causas at the ACU’s 15th Convocation ceremonies noted that education without virtues hinged on godliness and morality was useless.
Therefore, “a faith-based University like Ajayi Crowther which is raising godly intellectuals towards changing the country for the better deserves support and encouragement from all those who have the means”
According to the SAHACO Chairman, “when I was celebrating my 60th birthday, I made some contributions to certain institutions to appreciate what God has done in my life. I will not hesitate to replicate the same gesture in ACU as a further way of contributing to the advancement of humanity and appreciating God’s benevolence”
To demonstrate his commitment and appreciation of ACU’s honour therefore, Barrister Afolabi hinted that he would cancel his planned travel in order to attend the ceremony.
Earlier, ACU VC had explained that the choice of Barr. Afolabi was unmistakable, given his noble roles in the society as well as his meaningful contributions to the betterment of humanity.
Prof. Adebayo recalled that when he was the Deputy Vice Chancellor at Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, “Barr. Afolabi came to the aid of the University and donated a gigantic building to the university”
“When your name was suggested at ACU’s Senate as one of the three people to be given honorary Doctorate Degree (honoris causas), everybody applauded the choice with amazing testimonies regarding your good work and good name in the society”, ACU boss stressed.
In his own contribution, a Council Member, Lord Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ibadan North , representing House of Bishops, Rt Rev. Dr Wiliiams Aladekugbe explained historical background of the founding of ACU, saying the University which is in a healthy situation has been surviving by the contribution of people who subscribe to the vision and mission of the institution.
Among the ACU delegate were the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Benjamin Olumuyiwa Popoola, and the Registrar, Dr. Jadesola Babatola.
The ACU’s ceremonies which begin on Friday 24 November, 2023 with the VC’s Press Conference in which Prof. Adebayo will be unfolding some of the achievements of the institution, will also feature final Football Match of the VC’s Cup at The Sports Centre at 3 pm.
On Monday, 27 November, 2023, the ceremonies continue with Alumni Lecture and Reunion at The Modupe and Folorunso Alakija Law Auditorium by 10 am as well as Town and Gown Events, coming up at Palace, Rehabs and Oyo Markets by 2 in the afternoon.
In continuation, the 15th Convocation Ceremonies will equally be spiced by the Convocation Lecture on Tuesday, 28 November, 2023 at Modupe and Folorunso Alakija Law Auditorium with Emeritus Prof. Oluwagbenro Jegede educating and enlightening the audience with his erudite presentation by 11 in the morning. The day will not also pass without a Convocation Play at the Olajire Olaniran Auditorium by 5 pm.
On Wednesday, 29 November, there will be Commissioning of Projects at The Offa Metta and main Campuses by 9 am and Award of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Crowther Hall by 11 in the morning.
The Grand Finale of the Ceremonies is on Thursday, 30 November, 2023 with the Award of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Degrees and Honoris Causas at The Modupe and Folorunso Alakija Law Auditorium with Sir, Gbolahan Folayan, Mrs. Kate Isa and Barrister Dr. Taiwo Afolabi being the recipients of the prestigious honour.