- Aliko Dangote, Chairman of the Dangote group bagged an honorary doctorate degree at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University last week
- Also, the African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK) Benedict Oramah was also awarded an honorary degree at the event
- The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Charles Esimone said the awardees have been found competent both in character and profession
The chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote sort of went back to school at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University alongside the President and Chairman, Board of Directors, African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK), Benedict Oramah.
The duo with others received honorary doctorate degrees from the university along with Donald Arinze Nwandu at the 15th and 16th combined convocation ceremonies of the institution held between March 13 and 18, 2022, reports The Punch.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Charles Esimone said that the graduands have been approved by the institution in character and learning and they are ready to contribute meaningfully to the growth and development of the society.
The Vice-Chancellor's remarks at the event
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“The combined convocation was for the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic years. A total of 6727 first degree graduands, 154 postgraduate diploma graduands, 992 Masters’ degree graduands and 556 doctorate degree graduands were conferred with the appropriate degrees/diplomas at the convocation. Prof. Oramah and Alhaji Dangote were both conferred with the Honorary Award of Doctor of Development Economics, while Architect Nwandu was conferred with Doctor of Architecture Innovations.”
The Vice-Chancellor said that the upgrading of the School of Postgraduate studies to the status of a college in keeping with the National University Commission (NUC) directive has produced the needed result to the university and cited the introduction of virtual platforms for lectures, seminars, final defence for them.
Esimone said that the awardees for the honorary degrees at the University have been carefully scrutinised by the school authorities and found them extremely deserving of the degrees.
Aliko Dangote jumps six places in billionaires rich list, after making N217.5bn in 8 hours
Legit.ng has reported that Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man in the last 8 hours has raked in N217.5 billion($523M) jumping to become the 91st richest man in the world.
According to the Bloomberg index, Dangote is now worth over $20.1 billion which is 5.23% of Nigeria's external reserves of $40.1 billion.
The rising share price of his Dangote Cement Plc and higher oil and fertilizer prices helped boost the 64-year-old Nigerian businessman’s wealth.