Congratulations: Patience Jonathan receives doctorate degree (in absentia)

Dame Patience Jonathan.

by Isi Esene

Nigeria’s first lady, Patience Jonathan was awarded another doctorate degree during the weekend by the Delta State University, Abraka.

The award was received on her behalf by the minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina, who showed appreciation for the gesture by the university.

She dedicated the award to Nigerian women, and said the award would strengthen her commitment to Nigerian women through her non-governmental organisation and other services.

According to reports, the first lady pledged to support the state in the task of building the university.

She said, “Let me assure you that this award has further strengthened my commitment to give the Nigerian women and you the basic knowledge through my NGO, the Women for Change and Development Initiative.

“Let me on behalf of my co-awardees thank the Governor and the university authorities for the award. I promise to be a good ambassador of the university,” the first lady said.

The co-ordinating minister for the Economy and the minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was also awarded a doctorate degree alongside the first lady.

As honourary doctorate degrees pile up for the first lady, we can’t wait for her to return home from her “moment’s rest” abroad.

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