By: Onifade Bello A.
51 First Class graduands of Gombe State University have been offered automatic appointments by Access Bank Nigeria PLC.
This was disclosed by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, while speaking during the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th combined convocation of the institution.
Mr. Wigwe was one of the notable personalities conferred with Honorary Doctorate Degrees by the University. Other personalities conferred with the same degree were the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III, who is also the University Chancellor (Doctor of Administration); Chief Christopher Kolade, former Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, (Doctor of Letters) and Hajia Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, (Doctor of Administration).
Commending the institution for its remarkable achievement, Mr. Wigwe noted that the institution has been doing well “in spite of the security challenges in the region.” He also commended the Gombe State Government for putting up remarkable infrastructures in the institution “despite having little resources.”
The Access Bank MD and CEO also congratulated the first class graduands and other students for the feat achieved in their academic pursuit; assuring them that with perseverance, a great future awaits them. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a step; it may take some of you several years after graduating to settle,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, has offered automatic employment to the 51 first class graduands and a cash donation of N100,000 to each scholar.
The Governor stated that those who may not be interested in the bank offer should report to the office of Head of Civil Service, for immediate employment.
He noted that his administration has been fully committed to the promotion of education in the State; stating that he has implemented the agreement between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). He also added that funds have been provided to cater for the payment of staff earned allowances as well as postgraduate study grant.