MOUAU Graduates 4,958, Gives Employment To Best Graduating student

MOUAU Graduates 4,958,  Gives Employment To Best Graduating student

From Ify Ashi Umuahia

Michael Okpara University Of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU) Umuahia, Abia State in its 8th convocation ceremony yesterday graduated a total of 4,958 with a student in statistics Nworu Charles Chinedu coming out the best graduating students with an aggregate grade of 4.91.
The Vice Chancellor professor Francis Ogbonnaya Otunta reading his address during the ceremony thanked all those who have come from far to witnessed the convocation, noted that the administration observed some anomalies in the university and vowed to set up a standard aimed at improving institutional efficiency in the tripodal mandate of teaching, learning and research.

He made it clear that to get it right they were ready to step on toes and in doing thatscholl authority has so far demoted over 5 professors whose promotion by the last vice chancellor was more of political instead of pure academic exercise, adding that the unwarranted promotion as professors put the name of the university to disrepute and products, subject of ridicule, pointing out that things are returning to normalcy.

He gave the total number of the 2017 grandaunts to include 4,958,  the analysis according to him include 98 male first class, 1437 second upper, 1276 third class  while 36 picked pass grade.

He regretted that much have not been done in infrastructure due to lack of funds.

Otunta lamented that the federal government’s decision to delisting of some management science programmes from the university, noted that the federal government insist  the university reverting back to the core specialized agriculture coarse.

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Speaking, the governor of Abia state, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu lauded president Buhari for focusing on agriculture as a way of shifting from oil dependence, adding that the Abia state has cued into the federal government agric policy.

He also appreciated the vice chancellor, Dr Otunta for a well packaged convocation that brought all caliber of Nigerians across the country together and thanked  the V.C for taking the university to a greater height.

He urged the federal government to pay more attention to all universities of Agriculture in the country, according to him, now the country has taken so much interest in agriculture, enough funding should be made available to this university for  infrastructure, adequate research and learning.

He however condemned the closure of some departments in the university and the directive from the federal government for all specialized university to revert to their original mandate,

The governor called on the federal government to take a cue from foreign universities where apart from specialized courses  other general courses are admitted as it gives room for wider knowledge and diversification, adding that the closure have limited those who are looking for admission especially within the state as this is the only federal university in the state.
In this address, the pro chancellor and chairman of the Governing Council Rt. Hon. Muhammad Lawal Zayyana appealed to the federal government to increase budgetary allocation to the university, especially through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to enable it embark on further infrastructural development.

He maintained that  since the inception of the university, the institution  has not received any take off grant from the federal government, he called on all those concerned to take a critical look and make a recommendations to Mr President to magnanimous released the take off grant to be able to make the university meet up with it responsibilities.

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The pro chancellor disclosed that it was not the wish of the university to sack the over 400 both academic and non academic staff this year adding that the immediate vice chancellor without recourse made a lot of employment that bloated the wage bill and the university find it difficult to pay salaries.

Reading his address, the best graduating student from statistics department, Mr Nworu Charles Chinedu with aggregate grade of 4.91 appreciated God, his family members, lectures and the school management for giving him the opportunity to excelled in life and promised to be a good ambassador of the school.

The climax of the occasion was  the vice chancellor who gave automatic employment to the best graduating student to lecture in statistics department of the university.

Highlights of the ceremony were the conferment of a posthumous honorary Doctor of Science on the late Premier of the defunct Eastern Nigeria, Dr. Michael Okpara, and honorary Doctor of Science on the former President of Ohaneze, Prof. Joe Irukwu.  the vice chancellor also gave automatic employment to the best graduating student to lecture at the statistics department of the university.

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