Lagos State University (LASU) has conferred the title of Distinguished Professor on The Rt. Rev’d Professor Dapo Folorunsho Asaju, the Bishop Theologian of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion and the Bishop of Ilesha Diocese as one of the respected and accomplished academics in the University.
Professor Asaju who is also a lecturer of the Department of Religions and Peace Studies at the University received this award during the 26th convocation and 40th-anniversary ceremony for the award of doctoral degrees (PhD), honourary conferment of doctorates and an emeritus professorship at the Buba Marwa Auditorium, LASU.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ibiyemi Ibilola-Bello noted that Professor Asaju and Professor Babajide Olufemi Elemo of the Department of Biochemistry were picked as distinguished personalities for their immense contributions to the growth and development of the institution and society.
”It is important to state that the choice of both of them after rigorous scrutiny from amongst equally deserving individuals is a confirmation of their sacrifice, personal integrity, and service to the nation and humanity as a whole.”
Other dignitaries who were awarded include Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, (Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Urban and Rural Community Development and Youth Empowerment), Dr John Olukayode Fayemi, (Honorary Doctor of Letters (Human Rights, National Integration and African Security Development),
Hon. Olufemi Hakeem Gbajabiamila, (Honorary Doctor of Law (Education, Community and National Development). Others are Dr (MRS) Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu (Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (Child Healthcare, Environmental Development and Women Empowerment), Oba Alayeluwa Saheed Ademola Elegushi, (Honorary Doctor of Arts (Broadcasting, Community Integration and Human Rights Advocate), Prof. Daniel Kolawole Olukoya (Honorary Doctor of Science (Genetics and Biotechnology), Oba (Dr) Sulaiman Adeshina Raji, Ashade (Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (Grassroots Development). Princess Victoria Adejoke Orelope- Adefulire.
The institution also awarded Princess Victoria Adejoke Orelope- Adefulire for her consistent support and contributions to the development of the physical infrastructure of the University. While a posthumous award was given to the pioneer Vice Chancellor of LASU, the late Prof Folabi Olumide, who nurtured the University from the cradle and laid a solid foundation.
The VC said at 40 years, following the establishment of the University in 1983 by an enabling law of Lagos State under the administration of the first Civilian Governor of the State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, I believe the University has made its mark and has a lot to be grateful for.
Prof. Ibiyemi commended Lagos state governor, Mr. Sanwo-Olu for his immeasurable and invaluable contributions to the growth and development of our LASU.
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