MOUAU Graduates 7028 Students

MOUAU Graduates 7028 Students
…Came 9th Position In last NUC Ranking
By Ify Ashi,
Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU) Umuahia Abia state has graduated a total of 7028 students at various levels at the 9th Convocation ceremony of the University.
The event  which took place at the convocation arena of the university witnessed the presence of the representatives of president Muhammadu Buhari, the pro chancellor and chairman of the governing council, Rt. Hon. Muhammadu Lawal Zayyana, the chancellor of the university, his royal majesty Abubakar Shehu Abubakar lll, Emir of Gombe, visiting 9th convocation lecturer prof Omotoye Olorode, and other heads of institutions etc.
In his address the vice chancellor of MOUAU prof. Francis Ogbonnaya Otunta in a break down said,  of those who graduated bachelor’s degree stood at 6,214, postgraduate diploma 141, Master’s degree 505 and doctorate degree 142.
He reiterated that of the 6, 214 first degree graduands 100 obtained first class honours, second class honours upper division,1,871 second class honours lower division 2,264 and 1,264 came out with third class honours.
He revealed that MOUAU is among the universities in the country that started without a take off – grant from the federal government, he said this affected the steady growth as a result they are battling with funds among which is the failing internal roads due to increasing population in the campus and use of heavy vehicular equipment.
He applauded the university for the fit achieved in the recent rankings by National Universities Commission in which out of 121 universities in the country in 2015/2016 ranking  MOUAU was in 57th position but the recent rankings of January 2nd and March 7th 2019 the university place 9th position. Noted that the fit was achieved due to innovations and hard work.
The university during the occasion awarded honorary degree to former chief of Army staff lieutenant general Onyeabo Azubuike Ihejirika for the fit he achieved as a former chief of Army staff during president Goodluck Jonathan from 8th September 2019 to 16th January 2014.
In his respond, Ihejirike thanked the university for finding him worthy of the award promised to be a good ambassador of the university.
He commended the university especially the veterinary department for leaving up to expectations Ihijirike maintained that investment in agriculture is the best weapon against hunger and poverty and urged the university to embark more on research.
During his time there was general insecurity in the country from Boko Haram, kidnapping in the southeast and militant in the Niger Delta. He said he was able to tackle some of this problems by first increasing the size of Nigeria Army by 25% to meet the man power demand, training at all levels was enhanced and officers from the ranks of major and above where made to undergo special terrorism and counter insurgency training.
He established army headquarters department of civil-military affairs and the directorate of campaign to enhanced civil military cooperation and through diplomatic interactions he was able to get the USA train 143 Rangers Battalion Ovim.
He also attracted Nigerian Language Institute  at Ovim Abia state, the first army school in the entire southeast, he also established Nigerian Army Dog Centre Ipaja Lagos and also unit of the  Army dog in Abuja for the production and training of war and sniffer dogs as part measures to fight terrorism,
He also procure Mine Resistant Ambush protected vehicles to give group protection from buried IEDs, they also made locally designed Armoured Personal Carrier., through joint project with NNPC  helped in the restoration of Aba petroleum Depot and the Nigeria army engineer
Ihejirike was able to fight to stand still kidnapping prominent then in southeast, he was able to rehabilitate the abandoned barrack at Ohafia and established 14 Brigade With it subordinate units 143, 144 and 145 battalion in Asa, Ovim,Ohafia respectively.
In a related development there was a convocation inaugural  lecture which took place earlier at Anyim Pius Anyim Auditorium by prof. Omotoye Olorode
Speaking on the theme ‘Political Economy of Agriculture, Environment and Food Security in Nigeria’ Olorode said he intend to first exam the issues of agriculture and the environment from the perspectives that may not be usual.
He reiterated that agriculture sector apart from oil is arguably perhaps the most talked about sector of the Nigeria economy adding that the sector still employ about 50% of its adult population.
Olorode revealed that in Nigeria about 30 million hectares of land are known under cultivation when about 78.5 million hectares are estimated to be required for a credible degree of food security.
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