On Tuesday 8th November, 2016, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President and Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, commissioned Edo University Iyamho, as part of his two-day official visit to Edo State. He also took a facility tour of the main Administrative Complex and the Faculty of Science - both of which are named after him. The President was accompanied on the trip by Governors Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and Chief host and Mr. Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State. Other dignitaries in the president’s entourage were the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun and the Edo State Governor-elect, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
On hand to receive Mr. President to the University were the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the Management and Staff of Edo University led by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Emmanuel O. Aluyor, prominent traditional rulers from Edo North Senatorial District including His Royal Highness (HRH), the Otaru of Auchi, Alhaji Haliru Momoh; His Royal Highness (HRH), the Ogieneni of Uzairue, Alhaji Imhonikhe Kadiri Omogbai; (HRH), the Idonogie of South Ibie, Alhaji Kelvin Danesi; Chief of Iyamho, Evangelist Bashiru Joshua Etamesor.
In his welcome address, the Ag. Vice-Chancellor of Edo University Iyamho, Professor Emmanuel O. Aluyor, said that Edo University, Iyamho aims at bridging the educational gap between Nigerian Universities and the Universities in Europe and America in terms of the provision of quality education. The Executive Secretary of the NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed in his remarks, thanked Muhammadu Buhari, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Comrade Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole for their deep passion for education. The NUC boss also informed the audience that the NUC is encouraging Public Private Partnership (PPP) to assist the government in providing quality education for the development of the state and the country. Concluding his speech, Professor Rasheed commended the quality with which Edo University Iyamho, has taken off.
The Visitor to the University, the out-going Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, appreciated all the dignitaries present and thanked the President for taking out time to commission the University.
In His Speech, President Muhammadu Buhari commended the Management of the University, the out-going and the in-coming Governors of Edo State for their vision and good work in the overall administration of Edo State. He specifically applauded the Comrade Governor, Adams Oshiomhole for his foresight in building such innovative and unique state-owned University. Mr. President further implored the audience to pray ceaselessly for their leaders.
Giving the closing remarks, the Otaru of Auchi, HRH Alhaji Haliru Momoh, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, His entourage and all guests present, wishing them well and a safe trip back to their various destinations.