By Akeem Abas
Ibadan – A former Minister of Information, Prof Jerry Gana is to deliver the 9th convocation lecture of Ajayi Crowther University (ACU), Oyo,scheduled to hold on Thursday Oct. 12.
Mr Alvan Ewuzie, a Senior Assistant Registrar, Public Relations, ACU said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on Saturday.
Ewuzie said that the politician and former minister of information would deliver a lecture entitled ‘Building a Culture of Academic Excellence in Nigerian Universities’.
He stated that Gana was expected to bring his vast experience in politics and the Academia to bear in the lecture, which was among the events lined up for the convocation ceremony.
According to him, the lecture is scheduled to hold on Thursday, Oct. 12 at the institution’s law auditorium.
NAN reports that Gana, born on November 30, 1945 is a Nigerian scholar, politician and former Minister for Information
Gana has served the nation in various capacities including a former Director of defunct Mass Mobilization for Social Justice and Economic Recovery (MAMSER).
He was appointed professor of Geography at the Ahmadu Bello University in 1985
Ewuzie said three eminent personalities would be conferred with the honourary degrees during the convocation ceremony scheduled to hold on Oct. 13, in appreciation of their various contributions to the development of the state and the country.
They are: Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, and a businessman, Chief Tunde Afolabi.
He said that the university library would also mount an exhibition entitled ‘Ajayi Crowther University: Transformation in the midst of Recession’ at the T.Y Danjuma Library.
He also said that Bode Sowande, an accomplished playwright and Director, would present a play titled `Flamingo’ which he wrote and directed in the evening of Thursday, Oct. 12.
He quoted the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dapo Asaju as saying that the university’s governing council had approved that the convocation be brought forward from the former regular date in November.
Asaju said that the shift in the date was to enable graduating students attend the ceremony since many of them would be at the camps for National Youth Service at that time.(NAN)