Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has been conferred with an honorary doctorate degree in Public Administration by the Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa, Edo State. At a special convocation held on Saturday, Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Benard Eronmonsele Aigbokhan, extolled the humanitarian qualities of Governor Oshiomhole, which he said stood him out for the honorary degree. He said the governor gave his full support and did everything possible to ensure the smooth take-off of the university which has now graduated its first set of students. Also, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the University, Dr. Ebenezer Olusola Okebukola, noted the “unquantifiable contributions of His Excellency , Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, who used his position as governor, and within his constitutional power to contribute to the development of Samuel Adegboyega University.” He said the award is the university’s recognition of the governor’s meritorious service to his fatherland, Nigeria in general and Edo State in particular and his love for educational advancement in all ramifications. In his remarks, Governor Oshiomhole expressed gratitude to the authorities of the university for the honour done to him. He said, “I want to lay on record my gratitude to the authority of Samuel Adegboyega University for the honour bestowed on me this afternoon.
I appreciate this honour for several reasons. I believe that it is coming genuinely from your heart based on your evaluation of my stewardship in this community, this state and in our country. I want to thank you; may God honour you the way you have honoured me today. “But let me congratulate you even more importantly for what you have accomplished with this university. “I think you pose a challenge to other churches to look at rural areas where the forgotten majority reside and carry development right to their doorsteps. Such actions, more than volumes of sermons are more potent in encouraging our people to remain in their communities because they don’t have to move in order to have what modern life offers. I believe without asking you, that you have created already, so many direct jobs, not only for the people of Ogwa or Edo State, but many people across the length and breadth of Nigeria. I salute your courage.” According to him, “I believe that government alone cannot deliver or provide all the universities that Nigerians desire. Everywhere around the world, the private sector play a major role in building universities and faith based organizations are well reputed in managing universities.
“I like to join you sir in your appeal to the federal government to extend federal support through TETFUND to Samuel Adegboyega University. I like to appeal to federal government to support universities that are owned by faith-based organisations. There is a difference between a university owned by the church, a church that is driven not by profit motive but with common good of humanity. There is a whole lot of difference. Looking at what I have seen here today, compared to what I saw the first time, it shows that every revenue that has accrued to this institution has been re-injected into developing the institution. Whereas, if it is a private outfit, some of those revenue will be classified as profit and would belong solely to the proprietor of the university. “I think what the federal government needs to do is to make a distinction between university owned by nonprofit organisation and those that are owned by individuals.”