To be able to carry out infrastructural development at the Federal University Lokoja (FUL), the Pro-Chancellor of the institution Sen. Chris Adighije, has solicited the support of the Federal Government and corporate bodies.
Adighije made the call at the 5th Convocation Ceremony and Award of Degrees of the University at the institution’s Felele Campus on Saturday in Lokoja.
He said that the university’s permanent site had vast land without perimeter fencing hence security remained a challenge, adding that the place also lacked power supply and potable water.
Adighije who is also the Chairman of the Governing Council of the university said that with the assistance of some philanthropists, the university authorities was able to open some roads and cleared the bushes around the core areas of academic activities.
He indicated that the faculties of Arts, Education, Management Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Institute of Education were fully operational at the permanent site.
“This will enable the university cater for the new demands of students’ enrollment which is one cardinal reason for which the Federal University Lokoja was established.
“But regrettably, Council lacks the financial resources to bring to reality the necessary infrastructural needs of the university
“I therefore call on all those who in good faith, had made pledges to assist the university in one form or the other, to redeem their pledges.
“And I invite well-meaning Nigerians to come and support this great institution whose tremendous prospect is limitless,’’ Adighije said.
The pro-chancellor congratulated the 804 graduating students and charged them to be courageous, steadfast, passionate, strategic, to work hard and pursue their goals and watch amazing things happen.
“We are comforted that with the well-structured programmess of this university which are designed to prepare you for the industry, self-reliance and motivation will see you through the vicissitudes of life outside the confines of the university campus”, he said.
Speaking earlier, Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, said the institution was graduating a total of 804 students found worthy in character and learning.
He said that 14 of the students graduated with First Class Honours degree; 188, Second Class Upper Division, 441 in Second Class Lower and 95, Third Class.
Akinwumi said that the students who obtained First Class were from the departments of Economics, 4; Geography, 1; Biological Sciences, 1; Chemistry, 2; Computer Science, 1; Mathematical Sciences, 2; Physics, 1 and Statistics, 2.
“Incidentally, this is my first convocation ceremony as the third substantive Vice-Chancellor of the university and the first in the School of Post Graduate Studies where a total number of 66 Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) students in 10 various programmes will be graduating”, he added.
Source: National Update