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Pomp, Pageantry as Obong of Calabar Arrives Abeokuta, Plays Host to Ogun Monarchs


By Magnus Effiong

The Obong of Calabar, His Eminence Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu V, has charged traditional rulers to lead by example for their subjects to emulate them for the peace and development of the Nigerian State.

Edidem Abasi-Otu V, who is also the Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), spoke in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Thursday.

Our Reporter gathered that the Nigeria’s First Class Monarch who is in Abeokuta for FUNAAB 30th Convocation ceremony, was received by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Kehinde Olusola and other top management officials of the university.

Speaking while receiving three traditional rulers in the State who visited him at his lodge within the University campus, Edidem Abasi-Otu V said it was necessary for the traditional institution to “pursue peace and work towards the development and unity of our country.”

The Monarchs who visited him were Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Saka Matemilola and the Ajalaye of Ilogun South, Ijebu Northeast, Oba Emmanuel Olusanu.

The Obong of Calabar also took part in commissioning of projects across the vast FUNAAB campus, some of which were a 300-seater lecture theatre, under graduate students’ hostel, Animal demonstration laboratory, Post graduate students hostels amongst others.

In an interaction with newsmen, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Kehinde Olusola, said the school was graduating a total of 2,823 students with 118 of them making the institution’s First Class honour list.

1,094 students, he said, made the Second Class Upper division category, 188 others were listed as Third Class honour graduates while 266 bagged Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree.

According to the VC, 16 Post Graduate Diploma, 215 Masters and 113 PhDs students qualified to receive their academic certificates.


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