FG Promises to tackle infrastructure deficits in universities.

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,,, Nasarawa govt. to train 50 first class graduates in enterprenuer skills and give each with N500,000.

By David Okpashi in Lafia.

The President, Ahmed Bola Tinubu says the federal government will do everything possible to tackle the infrastructural deficit facing the Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions.
He stated this on Saturday during the 6th, 7th and 8th combined convocation ceremony of Federal University of Lafia (FULafia) in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
He, however, expressed concern over the indiscriminate manner some universities in the country away indiscriminate honorary doctorate degrees, warning that government would soon commence climbing on universities indulging in the act.
He noted that academic competence and professional training represent a fraction of the qualifications needed to build a strong and prosperous nation.
Represented by Acting Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Chris Jbreel-Maiyaki, Tinubu explained that degrees were meant to be awarded to candidates found worthy in character and learning and not for for the highest bidder as practiced by some universities in the country

Tinubu said:”Moral and ethical standards must be maintain as the best form of academic development for universities in fulfillment of the purposes they were set up. universities management of universities must set a standard in teaching and learning to reflect the integrity, probity and moral discipline”..

“In this connection, I want to warn against tendencies of some institutions to devalue the quality of their degrees by giving out honorary Doctorate Degrees indiscriminately against the common universities community practice,” he added.

According to President Tinubu, the habit of those giving award of degrees indiscriminately is a sabotage which undermines the core value of academic integrity and must be discontinued.

While explaining that honorary degrees should be given to only deserving Nigerians who have contributed immensely to the development of the society, the President promised to always respond positivity to needs of universities and its communities in order to reposition the institutions for better standard.
In his goodwill message, the Nasarawa state Governor. Abdullahi Sule commended the management of the institution for all the effort especially in the areas of academic excellence, standard.

Governor Sule, who pledged to train all the 50 First Class graduates from the three sets in different entrepreneur skills, said each of the 50 first class graduates would be given N500, 000 at the end of the one month training as start off capital as well as supporting the university to enable it achieve its mandate of producing manpower needed for the development of the country.
Earlier, Prof. Shehu Abdul-Rahman, Vice Chancellor (VC) of the university said the convocation was the first in his third year as VC of the institution.
He explained that convocation ceremonies is where those who had received instructions from senior scholars and had passed prescribed examination are adjudged worthy in learning and character to receive their degrees and is part of the tradition of all universities in the world.
The VC that the combined convocation was for 6, 499 students from 53 departments of 12 faculties, 48 PhD graduates as well as other post-graduates.
He further explained that the institution that started with few departments in 2011, currently has a College of Medicine, School of Basic and Remedial Studies as well as School of Postgraduate Studies.
He said that they were currently running 17 courses at Post-graduation level and nine other courses were awaiting commencement.
The Vice Chancellor said that the institution has 14 Resourced Centres and Academic Directorates responsible for research, retraining and consulting.
Abdul-Rahman said that he has been building on the formidable foundation and core values of integrity, innovation and excellence put on ground by his predecessors.
Edited by Dawud Ahmed.

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