No fewer than 26 graduating students of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) will on Saturday, February 15, 2020, graduate with First Class degree at the institution’s 24th convocation ceremony.
Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, the vice-chancellor of the University, who made this known in Abuja on Thursday, February 13, 2020, said a total of 10,331 undergraduate and postgraduate 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, Alwali Kazir 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 program compulsory for all 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.
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 the management of UniAbuja is working round the clock to also make the University a tourist center as a result of its natural endowments, even as he warned those that have encroached into the University’s land to leave or get kicked out in not too distant time.
Speaking further, the VC said the University has set up a number of centers to enhance academic activities, saying one of such bodies- Sponsored Project Centre, has been put in place to attract grants for research and learning.