By Felix Khanoba
No fewer than 26 graduating students of University of Abuja (UniAbuja) will on Saturday 15 February graduate with First Class degree at the institution’s 24th convocation ceremony.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, who made this known in Abuja on Thursday, said a total of 10,331 undergraduate and post graduate students drawn from various faculties of the institution would graduate during the ceremony.
Giving a breakdown of performance recorded by the students, the VC revealed that 866 of the graduating students would go home with Second Class Upper degree, 2,317-Second Class Lower, 339-Third Class and 52 with Pass.
He said the convocation would also witness the presentation of honorary doctorate degrees to Ethiopia Minister, Abiy Ahmed, for his role in promising peace, and two other distinguished Nigerians, Gen. Alwali Kazir (Rtd) and Late Ibrahim Buhari Tubali, for their contribution to the society.
The Vice Chancellor, who said various mechanisms have been put in place to enhance academic activities in the University, said the institution’s senate has approved a four-year calendar that would see to uninterrupted activities in school and ensure students graduate at the right time.
While saying UniAbuja has made entrepreneurial programme compulsory for all i students to ensure they know the nitty-gritty of running a business from business name registration to its actual operation , the VC said the school has also made the learning of at least one foreign language mandatory for all students to reposition them as global citizens.
Prof. Na’Allah called on private sector operators to partner with management of the University to explore the massive economic opportunities of the institution as they boast of high returns on investments.
He said themanagement of UniAbuja is working round the clock to also make the University a tourist centre as a result of its natural endowments, even as he warned those that have encroached into the University’s land to leave or get kick out in not too distant time.
Speaking further, the VC said the University has set up a number of centres to enhance academic activities, saying one of such bodies- Sponsored Project Centre, has been put in place to attract grants for research and learning.