The three-day University of Lagos convocation came to an end on Thursday with outgoing Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan and minister of education,, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, shunning the event.
Mr Jonathan, who is the visitor to the university, however, did not send representatives to the occasion.
The university’s 2013/2014 convocation, which began on Tuesday with award of degrees on 3,104 students, came to a climax on Thursday with the conferment of honorary doctorate degrees on three eminent Nigerians.
The honourees are former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma; renowned technocrat, Deacon Gamaliel Onosode, and the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
The UNILAG vice-chancellor, Prof. Rahamon Bello, commended Jonathan for helping to consolidate the nation’s democracy, supporting manpower development as well as university education, especially with the Needs Assessment Funding Agreement targeted at upgrading the infrastructural decay in the nation’s ivory towers.
The VC, therefore, urged the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to consolidate on the gains of higher education from the outgoing administration and entrench the implementation of the Needs Assessment Funding programme.