By Felix Khanoba
The Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja (UniAbuja), Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, says the institution has ensured the availability of certificates for all its graduates since inception of the institution.
Prof. Na’Allah, who disclosed during a press briefing at the University’s campus, said 14,307 of the certificates are now ready for collection and called on affected graduates to come for the important document.
He said: “Those days are gone when people say I graduated from this university and I have not collected certificates, those days are gone and they are gone forever.
“We are very proud to say this University has finished producing, signed and ready for collection certificates of those who have graduated from the University from 1994 up to 2019. So if you have not collected your certificates, they are ready signed and ready for collection.”
Speaking on the recent exploits of the University, the VC said UniAbuja has developed a virtual classroom that allows about 5,000 students to take courses from the comfort of their home.
He said the homegrown virtual classroom has the capacity to accommodate all its students, adding that part-time academic staff have been lecturing on the platform amid the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
On grants received by UniAbuja within the last one year, Prof. Na’Allah expressed delight that many academic staff have attracted grants worth millions of dollars from within and outside the shores of the country.
He said the University recently secured a N5 billion grant from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for infrastructural development, even as he warned those encroaching on the University’s land to be ready to face the wrath of the law.
“This coming year we are going to start the construction of the new Senate building of the University, we are going to start work on the construction of our international conference centre, we will also work on our landscape, you should also know we are fencing,” he said.