The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree on Founder and Executive Chairman of Oriental Energy Resources Limited, Alhaji (Dr) Muhammadu Indimi, OFR, for his immense contribution to society and national development.
The Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, was presented by the Chancellor of the University, His Royal Eminence Alhaji (Dr) Abubakar Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, CFR during the institution’s 51st convocation ceremony held on Thursday July 8, 2021, at the university campus in Lagos.
According to the university, the conferment is in recognition of Dr. Indimi’s commitment to the development of education, advancement of knowledge and humanity in Nigeria. Adding that the institution is aware of the many lives he has impacted positively through philanthropic gestures and various interventions to support education in Nigeria.
In his acceptance, Dr Indimi expressed his gratitude for the award: “I am truly honored and humbled by this award and recognition for my modest contribution to the development of education, society and our nation. It is indeed a pleasure to receive this Honorary Doctorate degree from such a great institution.’’
An astute businessman and great philanthropist, Dr Indimi’s humanitarian gestures cut across education, health, housing and social welfare. Over 1,000 students in universities across Nigeria have benefitted from his scholarship scheme.
Last year, Oriental Energy Resources Limited built a multi-million Naira Empowerment Centre in Mbo Local Government in Akwa Ibom State as a sustainable enterprise and viable income generator for the youths. Recently, the company also donated a state-of-the-art Science Laboratory Complex to Community Grammar School, Ebughu in Mbo Local Government Area.
Through the Muhammadu Indimi Foundation, 100 houses were built to accommodate 600 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bama, Borno state.
Besides Dr Indimi, UNILAG honored four other outstanding Nigerians including late Dr Stella Ameyo-Adedevoh(post-humous), the physician who diagnosed and selflessly initiated the containment of the first case of Ebola in Nigeria in 2014. Others are Prof Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe (post-humous); Chairman of Premier Lotto Limited, Sir Kessington Adebukunola Adebutuand Chairman of Troyka Group, Mr. Biodun Shobanjo.