Federal University Lokoja has held its 5th convocation ceremony on Saturday, with a total of 804 students found worthy in character and learning graduating.
Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Olayemi Akinwunmi in his address delivered during the ceremony held at the permanent site of the institution, Felele campus, Lokoja, said though this year’s convocation was the first during his tenure, the School of Post Graduate studies has also churned out 66 students with Post Graduate Diploma in ten various programmes.
He disclosed that 14 Students have first class, 188 second class upper, 441 second class lower, while 95 graduated with third class.
While congratulating the graduates on their academic feat, Professor Akinwunmi admonished them to be good Ambassadors of the Federal University, Lokoja, advising them to strive to be upholding the moral values of the University.
Professor Akinwunmi, who assumed office as the 3rd substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University February 15 this year, explained that the formal movement to the permanent site at Felele started by his predecessor in 2019 with only principal Officers and their staff, has been extended to Faculties of Arts, Education, Management Sciences and Social sciences. READ: Kogi Deputy Governor Feeds Over 200 Indigents For Ramadan Iftar, Urges Muslims To Intensify Prayer To End Scourge.
The Vice-Chancellor who lamented the absence of critical infrastructure and essential services that require huge capital investment, solicited for assistance to develop the campus so as to make it conducive for learning, teaching, research and work.
While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for the support rendered so far, urged him to salvage the plight of the institution by lifting the embargo on employment so that the University can aggressively recruit its manpower needs.
Pro-Chancellor of the University, Senator Chris Adighije, recalled that the challenges of the year were the Covid-19 global pandemic and the incessant ASSU strikes, which he said affected the University system so much that the class of the year 2020 could not complete their studies until this year.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his passion for educational system and the love for the youths of the nation and in particular the Federal University Lokoja, through the various financial interventions aimed at galvanising the Institution to a World class.
“The University is today awarding degrees and diplomas to it’s deserving Students who have passed all prescribed examinations and have been found worthy in both learning and character by the Senate of the University. “The ceremony will also see the award of Honorary Doctorate degrees to worthy Ambassadors of Nigeria, both within and in diaspora.
“This occasion affords us the opportunity to x-ray our developmental strides and the challenges inherent with a view to define our future accomplishments”. Senator Adighije said on behalf of the University’s Governing Council.
Five prominent Nigerians were honoured with awards by the University. They are AIG (Rtd) Cornelius Kayode Aderanti (Doctor of Science in Political science, Honoris Causa), Dr. Innocent Ozoemana Ezuma, the Lord Mayor of the ancient Kingdom of Arondizuogu (Doctor of Science in Geology, Honoris Causa) and Alhaji Dr. Sani Zangor Daura CON, Danmasanin Daura, (Doctor of Science in Political Science, Honoris Causa).
Other beneficiaries include Jibril Lawal Tafida, Chairman/CEO of JITA Group of Companies, (Doctor of Science in Economics) and Professor Toyin Falola (Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa).
Source: Global Times Nigeria