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Ex-UNIBEN VC Nwanze, others named emeritus professors



Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II (left) and former vice-chancellor of the University of Benin Professor Emmanuel Nwanze (right) at the 45th convocation ceremony of the university on Saturday, November 23, 2019. PHOTO: EVE STUDIO

A former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Emmanuel Nwanze, has been conferred with the title of emeritus professor at the 45th convocation ceremony of the institution.

Others conferred with the title were Professors Esosa Bob Osaze and John Oamen Igene. Prof. Nwanze became the first recipient of the title from the Faculty of Life Sciences.

A total of 100 graduands of the university were awarded first-class degrees honours while 273 were awarded doctorate degrees (PhD) out of 10,198 graduands that were awarded various diplomas and degrees.


Outgoing Vice-Chancellor of UNIBEN, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, in his speech, said academic activities in the institution improved during his time as the VC.

Orumwense stated that a significant part of the achievement of his administration was the attraction of the Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Initiative (CERHI), a World Bank assisted the project.

On his part, Prof. Nwanze said a dysfunctional education system portends grave danger to the society. He said democracy cannot thrive without proper education.

Nwanze also stated that free education at all tiers and levels is feasible and realisable

He called for strict adherence to education tax laws and reformation and restructuring of Nigeria’s educational system to meet global standards.


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