The Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, is to reverse the naming of its new Senate Building after State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
Mimiko’s name is boldly inscribed in front of the five floor edifice as approved by the school authorities, but the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Femi Mimiko, told journalists on Tuesday that the Governor had humbly turned down the honour.
According to him, Governor Mimiko would not want to be vested with such honour while he remains the visitor to the institution and still serving as Governor of the state.
“He believes that the institution could decide to name the building after him after he has left office,” Prof. Mimiko said.
The Vice Chancellor, who was addressing the media on activities of the university’s week-long 5th Convocation Ceremony, praised the humility and modesty of Governor Mimiko, saying he had been a strong support to the institution in its quest to provide state of the art infrastructure for the university.
He said a total of 6,341 graduands from the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 sets would be convocating of which 1,519 are of the Faculty of Science, representing the largest chunk of the graduands.
“Of the two sets, 26 graduated in First Class; 1,414 in Secomd Class Upper Division; 3,505 in Second Class Lower Division; 993 in Third Class. Also listed in the convocation brochure this year are the names of some 169 graduates whose names could not be captured in the brochure of the 4th Convocation Ceremony held on March 22, 2013,” Mimiko said.
He also said the convocation ceremony would also feature a Lecture titled, The Break-up of Nigeria: Myths, Realities and Implications, and would be delivered by former President of the Senate, Dr. iyorcha Ayu on November 5.
Prof. Mimiko also noted that 412 graduands would be receiving postgraduate degrees, 10, of whom are in the PhD category.
While listing the achievements of the his leadership in the last few years, Mimiko said, “As a complement to building its academic integrity, Adekunle Ajasin University continues to grow in terms of infrastructure and physical development.
“As a university and an administration, we have our eyes on the future. We have an unwavering commitment to the vision of our founding fathers to build ‘….a first class university in research, knowledge, character and service to humanity.”