Three prominent Nigerians was reportedly stated to have been conferred with honourary degrees at the Founder’s Day ceremony of the University of Ibadan, UI on Friday 17 2017.The honourees are: Dr. Emmanuel Onu. Egbogah and The Right Hon. Chevaler U. J. Itsueli, (Doctor of Science, D.Sc.), Emeritus Professor Ayo Bamgbose (Doctor of Letters, D. Litt.).Also, it was added that the Fellowship of the University will be conferred on the former Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Allen Bankole Oyediran.Here is the citation of the honorees viz:
Dr Emmanuel Egbogah
Dr. Egbogah was the former Special Adviser to the President on Petroleum Matters in Nigeria and he was said to have over 35 years of diversified geological and petroleum engineering experience in consulting, teaching, research & development, and project planning, implementation and management in Canada, United States, Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. He is a founder and Executive Chairman of Emerald Energy Resources Limited, the operator of continental shelf block OPL 229, (Now OML 141) Niger Delta, Nigeria. He is also the Executive Vice President & Director, Training and Technology Transfer, VRMT International Inc, Houston, Chairman, Pipeline Integrity Nigeria Limited and O & G Technologies Limited, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He was Vice President, International Production for Niko Resources Limited, an international E&P company in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Bamgbose schooled at St. Andrew’s College, Oyo, 1948-1951, University College, Ibadan, 1957-1960, and University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 1960-1963. He graduated B.A. Honours (2.1) (London) in English in 1960 and obtained a Diploma in General Linguistics in 1961 followed by a Ph. D in Linguistics in 1963 both from the University of Edinburgh.H e was the first Nigerian to obtain a degree in Linguistics, his thesis on Yoruba Grammar is the first to be based on a modern linguistic theory.He was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Ibadan after taking his Ph.D in October 1963 and rose quickly to become Senior Lecturer in 1966 and professor from 1968-1990
Itsuel was born about 65 years ago, married to Bridget Itsueli, and they have four children. He schooled at Ibadan,1970; Leeds,1971, and Cambridge, U.K 1974.He retired from Phillips Oil Company in August, 1987 to form Dubri Oil Company Limited, Nigeria and Africa’s first, Independently owned Exploration and Producing Company; presently Chairman/Managing Director.He has been honoured with the Distinguished Citizens Award of Edo State in 1992; Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Petroleum Law, of the University of Dundee, in the United Kingdom since 1992.
Oyediran is a professor of Preventive and Social Medicine. Between 1998 and 2001, he served as the Director, Malarone Donation Programme (MDP) based in Kenya. He is the founder of Nigeria Network for Awareness and Action for Environmental Health, NINAAFEH.