OOU, FUT Minna, Veritas Varsity Produce 143 First Class Graduates

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The Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State; Federal University of Technology, Minna; and Veritas University, Abuja, have produced 143 First Class graduates.

For the OOU, 55 out of 6,257 graduands, will be conferred with First Class honours at its 30th convocation.

A total of 58 out of 3,892 graduating students will bag the same category of degree at the FUT Minna, while 30 Veritas graduands will walk home with First Class degrees.

The Vice-Chancellor, OOU, Prof Ganiyu Olatunde, said on Wednesday at a press briefing that the forthcoming convocation would involve students, who completed their studies in the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic sessions.

Giving further breakdown of the class of degrees of the graduands, the VC disclosed that 991 made Second Class (Upper Division); 2,738 made Second Class (Lower Division); 1,925 made Third Class, while 278 graduated with pass.

Olatunde disclosed that the university would also award 135 unclassified degrees to graduates of Medicine and Pharmacy.

He added that 486 also completed their studies during the sessions, while 103 would bag PhD just as there were 140 graduands with post-graduate diplomas.
The VC announced Awolumate Fatima of the Department of Agricultural Economics as the Best Graduating Student for the 2019/2020 session with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.82.

He also said Iloka Egbuka of the Faculty of Pharmacy emerged the Best Graduating Student for the 2020/2021 session with a CGPA of 4.92.

The Vice-Chancellor, FUT Minna, Prof Abdullahi Bala, who made the disclosure at a news conference in Minna on Wednesday to mark the 38th Founders’ Day and 30th convocation of the institution, said 948 other students would be graduating with Second Class Upper Division.

He added that 2,047 would graduate with Second Class Lower Division, while 801 would bag Third Class and 38 students would graduate with pass degrees.

He stated that a total of 270 students from 200 to 500 levels, who fall in First Class range would be offered partial scholarships, while 10 winners of gold, silver and bronze medals at various national and international competitions would be given various cash prizes to motivate and appreciate them for outstanding performances.

Bala added that honorary doctorate degrees would be awarded to a former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar; Chairman of BUA Group, Alhaji AbdulSamad Rabiu; the President, African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina; and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari.

Similarly, the VC, Veritas University, Prof Hyacinth Ichoku, on Wednesday announced that the 10th convocation of the institution would hold on Saturday, January 29, 2022.

According to him, a total of 331 students will be graduating from various departments in the school.

He said, “The number of graduating students from both the undergraduate and post-graduate classes is about 331 of which 60 are from the postgraduate class.

“Out of all these, we have 30 students graduating with First Class Honors, 151 in Second Class Upper, 130 in Second Class Lower and 50 made Third Class.”

He said the institution worked very hard to make sure its students put in their best academically, intellectually and morally.

Ichoku also explained that the school was pursuing accreditation of some new courses with the National Universities Commission.

He stated, “The school has 32 undergraduate programmes and 18 postgraduate programmes under the Faculty of Education, Management, Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering and the faculties of Applied Sciences and Law.

“We are awaiting the approval of the National Universities Commission to introduce courses such as Medicine, Nursing, and Medical Laboratory Sciences as new programmes in the school.
With regards to introducing foreign language courses, we are still making efforts in that direction. We are in contact with relevant embassies, which we have written proposals to.

“We have not given up on it and I am glad to inform you that we are receiving positive responses in that direction.”

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