By Israel Lar
11,438 graduates of the university of Jos have been awarded with degrees, diplomas, masters and doctor of philosophy, at its 31st and 32nd convocation ceremony.
This was made possible Saturday at the convocation ceremony of the university held at the Jeremiah Useini mini stadium of the university.
Three students from the department of pharmacy bagged distinction 24 students of 2016/2017 set with 50 students for 2017/2018 set bagged first class honours while 810 of 2016/2017 set and 1,118 from 2017/2018 set bagged second class (Upper Division) including 1,694 of 2016/2017 set 1,729 of 2017/2018 set bagged second class (Lower Division) with 153 and 1,453 graduated with post graduate diploma and Master’s degree.
Speaking during the graduation, President Muhammadu Buhari represented by Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro urge them to represent their alma mata showing character that they acquired while in school, not only the knowledge that was acquired over a period of the years they were in the university as doing so, they would easily fit in the society.
He used the occasion to congratulate the university under leadership of the present Vice Chancellor for moving to its permanent site after long time, also congratulated the University for the efforts it has put re constructing the burnt university library with foundation of lecture theatre amongst others that was laid on the eve of the convocation.
President Buhari then scored the university high in area research, character moulding of its students, infrastructural consolidation and education of its students.
Earlier, in his speech, Governor Simon Bako Lalong scored the university high in the area of development of anti-snake venom by its African Centre of Excellence in Phyto – medicine Research Development.
The Governor further said, when they started the Plateau State University, Bokkos,it was not difficult to take off because, the products of the university of Jos were readily available for the state.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Seddi S. Maimako thanked the federal government and the catchment state governments, as well as stakeholders both local and international partners and funding agencies for their confidence in the university through their contributions, despite economic situation.
According to the Vice Chancellor the university, despite its numerous problems, it was able to not excel but was able to move to its permanent site the contribution of TETfund under leadership of Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro, the Central Bank of Nigeria, NNPC and presidential interventions (Needs Assessment) amongst others.
The Chairman and Pro-Chancellor of the university, Prince Tony Momoh used the occasion say that, the management and its staff were determined to establish a great university that will be a shining model for other universities to follow.
He then used the occasion to thank President Muhammadu Buhari and other organizations for their intervention to the university.
A minute silence was observed in honour of the university Chancellor, late Oba David Victor Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi, the former Olowo of Owo kingdom.
Highlight of the occasion was the conferment of Honorary Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa to Professor Peter Okebukola former Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC) and Dr Attiah Nasreddin Chairman/CEO of Nasco Group, Nigeria with the degree of Doctor of Business, Honoris Causa (DBA).