Wike offers N50m, automatic job to physically-challenged PhD graduate
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday, honoured a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree holder living with disability. James E. Daniel got N50m and automatic appointment, as a lecturer in Rivers State University, from the governor.
Wike, however, cautioned all Rivers State-owned universities to stop indiscriminate conferment of doctoral degrees on persons of questionable character.
He announced the reward, yesterday, during the varsity’s 33rd convocation, adding that the honour bestowed on Daniel was in recognition of his academic excellence, and for being an inspiration to others living with disabilities.
He directed the varsity’s Governing Council to sanitise its internal academic systems by stopping every inappropriate policy, practice or procedure that compromise high quality academic standards required of tertiary institutions.
He described as unfortunate, the current practice in universities, including the Rivers State University, of awarding doctoral degrees indiscriminately, like chieftaincy titles, to all manner of questionable candidates.
“This practice must stop in all Rivers State Government-owned tertiary institutions, as we demand greater character, commitment and responsibility from staff and management to the vision and fundamental objectives of university education,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nlerum Okogbule, expressed gratitude to Wike for his enormous support to the institution.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Justice Iche Ndu, (rtd.), commended the graduates for the successful completion of their academic endeavour.
The Chancellor and the Emir of Lafia, His Royal Majesty, Dauda Sidi Bage, said university education was indispensable to national development.