A total of forty-four graduating students of the University of Nigeria will on Friday bag 1st Class Honours of the institution.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Bartho Okolo disclosed this on Monday at the Enugu campus of the University at a press briefing to mark UNN’s 43rd convocation ceremonies.
He announced that 7,989 degrees and diplomas of the University would be awarded at the convocation.
This, according to him, “comprises “5121 degrees/diplomas and 2868 higher degrees of the University”.
“The honourary doctorate degrees of the University would also be conferred on four deserving awardees.
“These are- Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, Doctor of Business Administration, Mr. Samuel Maduka Onyishi, Doctor of Business Administration, Late General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu- Posthumous, Doctor of Law and Chief Innocent Chukwuma, Doctor of Business Administration”, he added.
Okolo further stated that as part of the activities to mark the convocation, a lecture will be delivered on Thursday by “one of the most sought after speakers in the country. He is Most Reverend Mathew Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese.
“I can also reveal that the topic of our 43rd convocation lecture is ‘After the Insurgency: Some Thoughts on National Cohesion’.
“The topic is certainly of interest to all Nigerians at this point in time. If you know Most Reverend Mathew Hassan Kukah, then you know what to expect”.
Speaking on the achievements of his administration, the Vice Chancellor whose tenure expires listed litany of projects initiated by his administration.
He said from the projects, which ranges from infrastructure to staff and students’ welfare, would go a long way in enhancing scholarship and positioning the University of Nigeria to compete with its peer across the globe in the future.
“The programmes embarked upon by my administration were targeted at the heart of the problems of our University.
“We set out to rebuild our dilapidating infrastructure, create a decent environment for learning and replace our ageing faculty. So much of these have been achieved and many developments are still on-going as we speak.
“When one reviews the state of the University and compares it to what it was about 5 years ago, one can only be filled with optimism. Some of these achievements were unimaginable 5 years ago”.