From Mosunmola Ayobami in Ilorin
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Proffessor Abdulganiyu Ambali, has disclosed that a total 67 students of the 8,038 graduates of the University of Ilorin graduated with first class honours
Ambali made this disclosure during a press briefing that kickoff the 32nd convocation ceremony of the institution which he tagged “job well done”
He said: “At this juncture I have the pleasure of announcing that this year the University is graduating 8038 students (the total last year was 67010) the graduands have 6069 undergraduates, 1903 postgraduates with 166 Ph.D, 1486 Masters and 251 Diploma.
“There are 6069 first degree and 66 Diploma graduands also in various academic disciplines across Faculty and the institute Education of our 6069 first degree graduands 67 of them make the first class grade and 1505 made a second class upper division grade,we have 3,200 second class lower division 1124 third class and 70 pass graduands”.
Ambali, who is also Chairman Association of West African University (AWAU), appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for finding worthy two prominent members of the Institution for national assignment in persons of Prof. Ishiaq Oloyede and Prof. Lenrie Aina who were appointed as the Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and Chief Executive Officer of National Library, Abuja respectively.
He described the two appointments as well as the earlier appointment of a prominent member of the institution Prof. Claudius Daramola as the Minister of State for Niger Delta as confirmation of the high rating of the University as the citadel of choice.
“Gentlemen of the press, it is for totality of what makes the University Ilorin tick in the discharge of its tripartite mandate that remains the first choice of Nigeria students. We are humbled as a University that there is so much pressure on us with 103, 238 as applicants, insisting to be part of better by far community in a country where some other federal universities have for example 148 applicants if you check the records,” he said.
“The Nigerian Army hierarchy has approved a collaborative programme leading to the award of a Masters of Arts Degree in Peace and Strategic Studies. We will henceforth train senior army officials,” he added.
Ambali whose five years’ single tenure ends this year said the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Globacom PLC, Dr. Mike Adenuga, will on Saturday October 22 deliver a special convocation address.
He added also that the university would also commission projects ranging from the new office block and laboratories for the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 500 seater-capacity lecture theatre for the Faculty of Communications and Information. Sciences, first phase of the 6.5 Kilometer main campus to College of Health Sciences link road to mention but a few.