Twenty Nine out of over 6,000 Students of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai have graduated with First Class honour degrees from various undergraduate programmes of the Institution between 2013/14 to 2016/2017 academic sessions.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare made this known while speaking at a Press Briefing on the 2nd combined Convocation Ceremony of the University, held at the Conference Room of the Consultancy Services Unit of the Institution.
Professor Maiturare explained that 1,281 students which represent 20.2 percent of total number graduated in the Second Class Upper Division, while 3,290 and 1,613 students representing 51.8 percent and 25.4 percent graduated with Second Class Lower Division and Third Class Degree respectively.
The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that the University graduated 135 students with Pass Degree, which would be the last to be awarded in the Institution in line with the National Universities Commission’s (NUC) policy.
He stated that the number of First Class honours recorded was as a result of conscientious efforts of the students and faculty members of the University as well as provision of state-of-art teaching and learning facilities by the Management; adding that the best students would be presented with certificates and prizes during the 2nd combined convocation ceremony.
The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that during the convocation, 82 students who have successfully completed their studies from the Postgraduate School of the University would be awarded with Postgraduate Diploma Certificates, while a total of 36 students would also be presented with Masters Certificates in their respective disciplines.
Professor Maiturare said that the University was rapidly developing both in academic programmes and infrastructural facilities, emphasising that quality assurance system and strategic actions were being taken to ensure that IBB University ranks among best in the comity of its peers worldwide.
He stated that the 2nd convocation ceremony was very critical to the University as N7billion Endowment Funds for some laudable projects would be re- launched and a renowned Educationalist and Islamic Scholar, Dr. Sheikh Ahmad Lemu would be honoured for his contributions to the education sector and humanity with Honorary Doctorate Degree (Causa) and the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Mai kanti Kachalla Baru would also be formally awarded Fellowship of the University in recognition of his unwavering support to the development of IBB University.
Among other events lined up for the ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor said were, Convocation Lecture to be delivered by the former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Olufemi Adebisi Bamiro on “State University Funding in a Depressed Economy: Implications for Global Competitiveness” and Commissioning of multi-million naira projects on the campus by the Visitor/Executive Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello.
Professor Maiturare stated that the ceremony commenced with a memorial lecture in honour of a legendary Writer, late Abubakar Gimba on “An Oasis in the Desert: Abubakar Gimba and the Tradition of the Nigerian Novel” delivered by Professor Ahmad Babajo of Kaduna State University.