Former President of Ghana, H.E John Dramani Mahama, has called for closer collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana in the education industry, especially in the areas of research and development.

Mr. Mahama, who made the call while delivering an address during the 16th convocation ceremony of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, where he was conferred with a Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) urged universities in both countries to research into major issues confronting today’s world such as climate change, migration, populism in politics, financial recession etc.

According to him “Ghana and Nigeria being the two biggest economies in the sub-region need to forge a closer bond of friendship that will help propel economic growth and improve the welfare of the people”

He noted that universities of higher learning have significant roles to play in the transformation of both countries because they provide the required human resources with the requisite skills to impact society.

Earlier at the occasion, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, had revealed that 737 students graduated while 20 of them bagged first class degrees.

He thanked Sir Gabriel Igbinedion, the Chancellor, for his vision, which led to the establishment of the institution, revealing that all faculties of the university including Medicine and Law have full accreditation.

Apart from former President Mahama, the Oluwo of Iwo, HRM Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi and Chief Dan Orbih were also conferred with Honorary Doctorate degrees in Law and Political Science respectively.

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