Tope Fayehun, Akure
No fewer than 9,812 students of the of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko(AAUA), Ondo State.
Ajibefun informed that a total of fifty(50) graduates of the institution made first class degree in different programmes in the university
He said 7,786 students belonged to the 2014/2015 academic session while a total of 2,026 students graduated for the 2015/2016.
According to the VC , of the 7768 that graduated in 2014/2015 session, 29 bagged first class, 1,316 with second class Upper division , 5,183 were in the second class lower division ,1027 had third class and 69 got Pass Degree.
He further disclosed that ,of the 2,026 graduates for the 2015/2016 academic session, a total of 21 bagged First class, 609 graduated in Second Class Upper Division , 1,151 got Second Class Lower Division ,239 were in the Third Class category and 6 had pass Degree.
His words : “In the Post Graduate section, 16 bagged Doctor of Philosophy , Ph.D; 128 earned Master’s degree ,while 18 had postgraduate Diploma in Education(PGDE).
“The Convocation Lecture with the topic “Nigerian Universities and Youth Empowerment” would be delivered by a Nigerian Born, United States-based Professor,Toyin Falola .”
Ajibefun said, three prominent Nigerians would be awarded with honorary degrees for their contributions to the institution and the education sector in the country.
He disclosed that the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, Engr Julius Ajibulu and Chief Kesington Adebutu would be given honorary degrees.
The VC ,however called on the well-meaning Nigerians to fund the university in the area of infrastructural facilities to enable the institution maintain its leading status among the state universities in the country.
Ajibefun who pointed out that the economic crisis hitting the country was a major factor that affected the running of the university, noted that in spite of the development, the institution still managed to survive.
Ajibefun said the university employed a combination of creativity and goodwill to facilitate massive projects to sustain the huge its infrastructural development.
According to him, “You will also kindly recall that the nation’s serious economic challenges became glaring from 2015. This has made the governance of public institutions in Nigeria very challenging. Most universities are grappling with paying workers’ salaries, while infrastructural development has been pushed to the rear seat.
“Although AAUA has its own share of these economic hardship, it has been able to weather the storm, courtesy of the support of the Visitor to the university and Governor of Ondo State Mr. Akeredolu, prudent management of the university’s scarce resources and creative employment of goodwill to facilitate projects from Federal Government agencies and corporate organisations.
” It is has however become more glaring that government alone cannot fund functional education. We therefore appeal to parents, individuals, philanthropists and corporate organisations and all well-meaning citizens to come to the university’s aid in its bid to fulfill its mandate of providing excellent university training, research and services to the students and the society.”