Mr. Jim Ovia (CON), the Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, has bagged an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree.
The University of Lagos (UNILAG) conferred the prestigious honorary doctorate degree to the eminent personality at its 50th convocation ceremony.
The ceremony held at the university’s auditorium on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
Also conferred the honorary doctorate degree alongside Mr. Jim Ovia were General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries/Founder, Mountain Top University, Dr. Daniel Olukoya; and a former Nigeria’s Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing, Alhaja Lateefat Okunnu.
The University of Lagos also conferred first degrees, diplomas and certificate to 12,638 students as well as 5405 post-graduate degrees, consisting 150PHD’s, 4771 masters and 484 postgraduate diplomas.
Speaking at the ceremony, Jim Ovia called for private intervention to salvage the nation’s education system. He urged government to license more private universities and institutions to enhance the education system.
In his address, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University of Lagos, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), congratulated the awardees and advised them to turn every stumbling block on their way to a stepping stone to achieve greater heights
Speaking to the doctorate awardees, he said:
“I want you to see this degree as pedestal for greater achievements and not a chieftaincy title to be kept in cupboard. We are challenging you to go out there and continue to be instrumental and developmental to the local and global society.”