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Varsity holds lecture in honour of Igbinedion at 87

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Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State

Prominent Nigerians from the political, business, military, and academic communities, yesterday, hailed the founder of Igbinedion University, Okada (IUO), Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, as he turned 87.

Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, said the lecture was organised by the university as part of activities to recognise and celebrate the Esama of Benin Kingdom.

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Ezemonye, who extolled Igbinedion on his 87th birthday anniversary, said the octogenarian’s contributions to national development were immeasurables, particularly in the country’s business, education and health sectors.

“The yearly celebration of our chancellor’s birthday remains relevant as it seeks to acknowledge and appreciate the pioneering spirit of large-hearted man, whose vision gave birth to the pioneer private University 22 years ago.

“It is also to enunciate strategic and policy discourses crucial to national development, especially in the education sector,” Ezemonye said.

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On his part, Igbinedion commended the institution and his guests for the honour done him.

Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, and former Governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion, applauded the octogenarian, who they described, as a blessing to Edo State and Nigeria.

A high point of the event was the official unveiling of the Buratai Centre for Contemporary Security Affairs at the university.

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