Why we honoured Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo with a doctorate Degree- JABU VC
January 23, 2021
The Vice Chancellor, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, JABU, Ikeji Arakeji, Osun state has said that the institution decided to honour the lawmaker representing Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency, Olubunmi Tunji Ojo with a honorary Doctorate Degree in recognition of his committment to the uplift of his constituency, his state and nation.
The federal Lawmaker who bagged a honorary doctorate degree in Public Administration was among the three eminent nigerians honoured at the 11th convocation ceremony held on the institution’s campus on Friday.
Hon Tunji-Ojo is the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC as well as coordinated the group of over 270 first termers that worked for the emergence of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila who was also a recipient of the Honorary Award last year.
The institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kola Sonaike said Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo was carefully chosen after a rigourous, painstaking and merit driven selection process for worthy recipients across the length and breadth of the country.
He said the federal Lawmaker exemplifies young and purpose driven Nigerians who defy all odds to get to the top without breaking the moral fabrics of society.
“Being in the House of Representatives is not a mean thing because it’s one of the highest ways to contribute to the development of the Nation and humanity.”
“We did not notice him until someone brought it to our attention that a young man is helping to bring sanity to the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC such that allocated funds are now truly used to develop the mandate areas.”
He said the institution decided to honour to encourage him to motivate other young nigerians who setting good examples in society.
“If you do well, You should be recognized without financial attachment. It’s not every organization that needs money to give you award. When you are doing well and we can see what you are doing for societal growth, we will recognize you and that is what we have done for him, Prof. Sonaike said
Tunji-Ojo was represented at the ceremony by his mother, Madam Yinka Tunji-Ojo and accompanied by the Senior Legislative Aide, Robert Maduakoh, as well as many aides and party chieftains from his constituency.
Responding to his latest honour, the federal Lawmaker said ‘nothing brings smile to the face of any human safe the fulfilment he has knowing that he has done what makes others happy. This, to me, is the greatest accolade I have received.’
‘We stepped into the political and public space and we have been able to provide effective and responsive representation to the people of Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency.’
“Be that as it may, let me hasten to say that this is not the best we can do as we have already mapped out key areas that need intervention for the growth of our people in 2021 as well as strategies for executing all our projects which are largely pro-people.”
He also congratulated the university community and urged fresh graduands at the ceremony to face the future with renewed hope of success.
“To the graduands, Your greatest glory is not in not falling but in rising every time you fall. What will see you through is your tolerance, tenacity, endurance and respect for people you meet on your way. The world is yours to conquer!”
“I hold this award dear to my heart and I will never forget this moment in a rush.”
No fewer than 21 students bagged first class honours among the 430 students who graduated from its seven colleges and various academic programmes.
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