The announced Special Convocation ceremony being planned by the Osun State University (UNIOSUN) is another page on the book of sleaze being written for future generation by the Brigadier-General Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s administration in Osun State.
That a university with less than 500 students population that is yet to graduate a single student is organising a convocation ceremony tells a whole encyclopedia of fraudulence by the academicians concerned in the planning and execution of the programme.
At a time that the dust is yet to settle on the credibility crises generated by its establishment for political expediency, the special convocation ceremony is at best a conduit pipe to siphon huge sums realized from the extortionist sales of admission forms and outrageously commercialized fees being charged by the UNIOSUN.
That the toddler university which was established a little over a year ago is planning to confer a Doctoral Degree (Honoris Causa) on any human being for whatever reason depict a desperate and crooked realisation that the project was designed to feather the nests of a few to the detriment of owners of the project.
If only the awardees are men and women of honour, the offer by UNIOSUN should have been politely turned down as it violates international best practices by academicians and depicts the people of Osun State in bad light in the eyes of the whole world community.
If the intellectuals saddled with the management of UNIOSUN are worth their callings, they ought to have shamefacedly educate the honour seeking awardees on why it is regarded as academic abomination for an institution that is yet to graduate a single student to confer degrees of whatever nomenclature on any person living or dead.
When Chief Obafemi Awolowo established the University of Ife that was later named after him, the sage did not insist on any degree neither did the Professor Hezekiah Oluwasanmi led management go out of its way to bestow undue honour on the Ac tion Group leaders and government.
Chiefs Micheal Adekunle Ajasin, Olabisi Onabanjo, Lateef Jakande and Professor Ambrose Alli did not seek undue recognition from the universities established during their tenures.
We hope historians are taking note of the immoralities being perpetrated by these actors of UNIOSUN circus of shame and will locate blames at the appropriate quarters in future.
The Chancellor, Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II and the Visitor, Governor Oyinlola ought to have been proclaimed at a simple investiture ceremony, as it is the practice worldwide.
UNIOSUN has departed from the norm by the latest act. The management is advised to retrace its steps and disallow further denigration of academic integrity of the university for the sake of posterity. If this should go on, UNIOSUN runs the risk of becoming a laughing stock and intellectual fraud among its peers while the certificates it would issue to students in the future may not guarantee competitiveness in the job market since nobody want to take products of sleaze and manipulation into an establishment where what integrity and competence are the hallmark of placement and career advancement.