By Raphael Jov
University of Abuja is set to award First Class to 24 graduates in it 23rd convocation ceremony.
Addressing Newsmen in Abuja during a pre-convocation briefing, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Micheal Adikwu said a total number of 5288 undergraduates and post graduates students will be receiving their certificates upon graduation.
The Vice Chancellor revealed that 4946 of the graduands will be awarded Bachelor degrees while a total of 342 are post graduate degrees.
According to him , 24 have first class, 982 second class upper, 2498 second class lower , 1085 third class and 137 with pass degree.
He said 68 Doctorate Degree holders ,233 Masters Degrees and 41 PG.Diploma were also among.
The Vice Chancellor also made known that all certificates are ready and that the university will present them along.
“We are very ready to issue certificates immediately as students are graduating they are also getting their certificates,that is what we have been doing since five years and after I am done in few days, this norm should be continued”.
“As you can see we have one first class law student among our graduating students, in 2018 we had 16 first class and now we have 24” Prof Adikwu added.
Speaking on first class graduates , Prof Adikwu said the university was able to achieve the fear due to son ere desire to increase students performance as they graduate.
The University of Abuja VC, made known that the university set up a committee five years ago to critically look at factors affecting students performance and specifically not allowing them to attain first class.
The Vice Chancellor disclosed that the university will present plaque as special recognition for the first class graduants.
Prof. Adikwu added that the school also set up a committee primarily to end “sorting” in the university, he said the university stopped lecturers from selling books or handouts to students and were mandated to present all books written by lecturers to the university for right channel of sales through the university authorised bookshop to students.
Emeritus Professor of Geology , Professor Kalu Mosto Onuoha , delivered the Pre-convocation lecture on , Dealing with Terra Non Firma” Thoughts and requisite actions on Earth Tremors, in Abuja FCT and Nigeria in general.
University of Abuja will as well give Honorary Doctorate Degree of Business Administration to Arc. Amaechi Chiedu Ndili and Doctor of letters to Barrister Salamatu Hussaini CEO of Alkahli foundation.
The University of Abuja 23rd Convocation holds on the 15th of July 2019.