One of the best graduating students of University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) for the 2015/2016 academic session, Mark Jonathan Tukura, has disclosed the secret of his success, saying he was never carried away by the attention he received from girls in the campus.
The 23-year-old Tukura, who bagged first class degree from the Department of Theatre Art, in a chat with The AUTHORITY during the 21st convocation ceremony of the university at the weekend, said his level of intelligence attracted many of the female students.
“Even before I came out with the first class, I am very intelligent, so they (girls) flock around me but I am not the flirty type so to speak. I am into a serious relationship right now and I don’t want to jeopardise it for anything,” Tukura said.
He, however, revealed that his determination to emerge as one of the best students didn’t prevented him from engaging in other social and spiritual activities.
“I play football. I didn’t miss my football training throughout my stay in school, I don’t miss my church rehearsals, I don’t miss my theatre rehearsals, I read my books and I don’t miss classes,” he said.
Speaking at the convocation ceremony, which saw to the graduation of 13,670 students, President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Rasheed Abubakar, said the Federal Government has ordered the total review of university’s curriculum to reflect the present needs of the country, especially in the area of job creation and self reliance.
The president said he has also directed the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, to immediately release the list of the reconstituted Governing Councils of Nigerian universities including that of the university of Abuja.
Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Michael Adikwu, said six students were awarded first class degrees in various fields of study.
According to him, 644 students were awarded Second Class Upper, 6,187 got Second Class Lower Division, 5,830, Third Class and 441 were awarded Pass degrees in various fields of study, while 74 students graduated with postgraduate diploma, 413 with masters’ degree and 64 with PhD.
Highpoint of the event was the conferment of honorary doctorate degrees on Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, Chief Michael Onoja and a German, Prof. Peter Proksch.