AE-FUNAI TURNS-OUT 355 GRADUATES, HONOURS ALAKE OF EGBALAND, FORMER MINISTER AT 3RD CONVOCATION CEREMONY
Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, has turned-out 355 graduates at its 3rd convocation ceremony held on Tuesday, 18th December 2018, of which 15 of them emerged with First Class Honours in their various fields.
This was made known by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba while delivering his address at the convocation arena.
“There are three hundred and fifty-five (355) graduands being celebrated today. Last year, at a similar event, we awarded degrees to two hundred and forty-seven (247) graduands, while in 2016 we had 124 pioneer graduates.
“ Of these three hundred and fifty-five (355) graduands, fifteen (15) emerged with the First Class Honours, One hundred and eighty-eight (188) with the Second Class Honours (Upper Division), One hundred and forty-five (145) with the Second Class Honours (Lower Division), and Seven (7) with the Third Class”, the Vice-Chancellor stated
Giving a breakdown of the graduands by faculties, the Vice-Chancellor further stated: ‘AE-FUNAI is on an upward trajectory. The three hundred and fifty-five (355) graduands are being awarded Bachelor’s degrees as follows: Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, 62; Faculty of Humanities, 44; Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, 148; and Faculty of Science, 101.”
Meanwhile, the University also at the event honoued the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, HRM Oba Michael Aremu Adedotun Gbadebo CFR and a former Minister of Education and Health, Professor Ihechukwu Mmadubike with Honorary Doctoral Degrees of Management and Law respectively for their exemplary contributions to the advancement of education in Nigeria
“For the first time in the history of our young university, we shall confer two Honorary Doctoral degrees. The Senate of our university resolved to honour our Chancellor, HRM Oba Michael Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, the Alake of Egbaland and Professor Ihechukwu Madubuike”, Nwajiuba noted.
Nwajiuba also used the event to remind the Ebonyi State Government of the matter of land owners who still live within the University campus and frequently destroy its properties, thus hampering the development of the institution.
“Our Faculty of Agriculture has suffered frequent and wanton destruction of its crops on farms used for teaching and research. Contractors working on roads and buildings have also faced resistance. We are pleading that this responsibility of resettling the residents be discharged with dispatch”, he stressed.
Bemoaning the poor financial state of the University, the Vice-Chancellor further called on investors to partner the University in its drive to quicken its spate of development, and thanked all those that have contributed to her development.
“The Federal Government cannot develop this university alone. In addition, the university Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is too low to address our myriad of challenges. The university has therefore taken to inviting all and sundry to contribute to her development”, he said.
Delivering his own speech, the Visitor to the University, President Muhammadu Buhari noted that Universities have critical roles to play in nation building, adding that Tertiary Institutions must justify their establishment through excellent production-led research activities, innovative ideas and empowering the youth with the right mental attitude, functional knowledge and sellable skills to be globally-completive, and contribute to our national development.
“Nigerian Universities should ensure that beyond academics, students are provided the capacity to discover their innate qualities and use same to impact positively on the global economy”, the President state.
Represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Bar. Victor Onuoha, the President maintained that his administration would continue to ensure increased and timely funding and provision of specific infrastructure in our institutions through the annual appropriations as well as other interventions, including the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and NEEDs Assessment Projects.
” This administration is not unmindful of the fact that funding for Education may not be adequate, largely due to dwindling resources and other competing national needs, but assures Nigerians that it will continue to do the needful, within the limited available resources”, he noted.
He also used the opportunity to urge the Academic Staff of Union of Universities (ASUU) to call-off the on-going industrial action in the overall national interest.
The highlight of the 3rd convocation ceremony was the award of academic prizes to outstanding graduands, where Miss Chukwuekezie Nnenna of the Department of Biology/Microbiology/Biotechnology received the Vice-Chancellor’s prize for the overall best graduand and an additional three other prizes.