By: Onifade Bello A.
Seventy-eight students have on Saturday bagged first class honours at the University of Maidaguri, Borno State.
Professor Ibrahim Njodi, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, stated that 17,895 graduates would be conferred various degrees and certificates at the 23rd combined convocation of the institution.
Njodi who gave the breakdown of the class of degrees noted that 3,527 students finished from the institution’s postgraduate school, with 56 students bagging PhD. 2,901 bagged postgraduate diplomas while 570 received master’s degree.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, “a total of 8,643 were for undergraduate degrees, out of which 7,278 studied under regular programmes, 573 from affiliated colleges and 714 on distance learning programmes.”
It was also made known that 4,128 got Diplomas from affiliated colleges, 1,597 received Diploma Certificate through the institution’s consultancy services and 5,725 were conferred with Diploma Certificates studied in the institution.
The University Governing Council has also approved the appointment of Professors Abdulhamid Abubakar, John Akinyili and Joseph Alumona as Emeriti Professors, said the Vice-Chancellor.
The appointed Emeriti Professors have rendered uninterrupted service to the University for over 40 years. Their appointment was therefore in recognition of their intellectual excellence, exemplary character and dedication to service in the University and humanity.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University Governing Board also used the event to appeal to the Federal Government to consider giving the University of Maiduguri a special attention in terms of funding.
Appealing also to corporate bodies and philanthropic personalities, the Pro-Chancellor said the special consideration has become necessary due to the challenges the institution has faced from insurgency; which has worsened with lack of funding.