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Unilag debunks honouring E-money with doctorate degree

The University of Lagos has denied awarding Emeka Okonkwo also known as Emoney with an honorary doctorate degree in Business Management and Corporate Governance.

This came after it was reported that Emoney received the Award form the University on Tuesday alongside the incoming Deputy Governor of Lagos State’s father Olatunji Hamzat.

Though Emoney on his post said the doctorate degree was given to him by the European-American University in an event held in Unilag, he never mentioned receiving the award from Unilag.

” God be the glory! I have just received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Management and Corporate Governance from the European-American University at an event that held inside the University of Lagos,” Emoney posted on Instagram on Monday.

“I’m joined here by the incoming Deputy Governor of Lagos, Dr Obafemi Hamzat whose father, Olatunji Hamzat (an influential politician) also bagged a Doctorate Degree,” he added.

Unilag in a statement by its Principal Assistant Registrar, Communication Unit, for Management, Taiwo Oloyede named the personalities its awarded the doctorate degree as follows which excludes E-money’s name.

“The University of Lagos, #UnilagNigeria, on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at its 50th (2018) Convocation Ceremonies (Day 3), conferred Distinguished & Emeritus Professorship and Honorary Doctorate Degrees on the following eminent personalities:

“Prof. James Dele Olowokudejo, a Professor of Plant Taxonomy, – Distinguished Professorship award, Prof. Sulaiman A. Adekola of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering – Emeritus Professorship award, Alhaji Lateef Olufemi Okunnu, a foremost Lawyer & a former Federal Commissioner for Works & Housing- Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) of the University.

“Dr Daniel K. Olukoya, founder of Mountain of Fire Miracles Ministries and a Molecular Geneticist – Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) of the University, Mr Jim Ovia, founder and Chairman of ZenithBank – Honourary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) of the University of Lagos,” She added.

Oloyede, however, affirmed that the “afore-mentioned personalities are the only people who were conferred with these awards by the University of Lagos at the 50th Convocation Ceremonies, thus, any story stating otherwise is false and should be amended accordingly.”

“Please note that the University’s official colours are maroon and gold and the personalities who were conferred with these honorary awards by the Chancellor of the University (see pictures) are in the appropriate attire,” she said.

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