By Usman Shuaibu
The Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Dr. Shehu Idrisu who is the Emir of Zazzau, Kaduna state, Zaria, has appealed to the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency to provide a special grant for the university in order to complete its ongoing projects there.
Chancellor, who made the appeal while presenting an address during the 22nd convocation ceremony held at the permanent site of the university on Saturday.
His words: “I would like to reiterate an earlier call on the government to key the development of the university into some national projects being undertaken in Abuja. That I believe will not only accelerate the overall development of the university but also ensure that the Federal Capital Territory is bequeathed a university befitting its status”.
He charged the authorities of the university to remain committed to the development of the institution
Royal father, congratulated the graduating students, and urged them place a greater commitment to the service of the nation at their respective endeavors.
Also seeking at the occasion, president Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said his administration would continue to uplift the living standard of education in the country.
He said: “Consequently, infrastructure, teacher development, curriculum relevance, funding and planning will continue to receive a boost with the resolve that they will facilitate the desired change in the socio-economic, political and technological sectors”
He further added: “Government will devote attention to technical and vocational education training to impart the necessary skills to our youth in a bid to provide the requisite competent and self-reliant personnel that can sustain the nation’s economic activities for the required socio-economic transformation”
President, Buhari, however, enjoined the Nigerian University System to key into the activities of government through conducting research that would make every Nigerian to derive maximum benefits from government policies, pronouncements as well as activities.
In his speech at the event, Vice-chancellor of the university, prof. Michael Adikwu, said the management of the university would not resitate to depart from the path of normalcy in the pursuit of the institution’s academic targets.
According to the Vice-chancellor, “there have been marked improvements in other aspects of the activities of the university notably staff training, welfare, establishment of linkages and partnership with institutions of like minds, development of infrastructure and the strengthening of our regular and distance learning capabilities in line with the dual mandate of the university which is to provide outlets for those who may have missed out on the opportunity to avail themselves of a formal education”.
Adikwu disclosed that a total number of 7,148 students made of First Degrees, Post Graduate Diplomas, Master’s Degree and Ph.D graduated from the university.
Meanwhile, the graduating ceremony featured the presentation of the Honorary doctorate Degrees to the three eminent Nigerians including the erudite, Ahmadu Bello University (A.BU) Historian, late Dr Yusuf Bala Usman, Pastor W.F kumuyi and Alhaji Dangote A. Aliyu