PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has
urged universities in Nigeria to support
the federal government’s fight against
Buhari made the call on Saturday at
the 29th Convocation of the University of
Calabar in Calabar.
Represented By Prof Akanerem Essien,
former Vice Chancellor, University of
Uyo, Buhari said that the fight against
corruption should not be a task of the
government alone, but a collective
responsibility and restated that his
administration had zero tolerance for
corruption, hence the need for universities
to support the fight against it.
“As I continue the fight against
corruption in the country, I want to call
on universities in Nigeria to support
the crusade. Universities are known
for nurturing young vanguards; I want
universities management to evolve the
spirit of nurturing our young ones in
the right track by shunning all forms of
“My administration will continue
to support the growth of our tertiary
institutions in the area of research and
academic growth’’, he said stating that
the N500 billion allocated to the education
sector in the 2016 budget would be
effectively utilised to ensure optimal
improvement in the country’s educational
He congratulated the graduands for
the successful completion of their course
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of University
of Calabar, Prof Zana Akpagu, said that
7,222 students would be awarded degrees
and diplomas in the convocation which
was for 2014/2015 session.
He said that 12 graduands out of the
number bagged First Class degree,
adding that they would be given
automatic employment by the university
Akpagu said that the gesture was a
reward for hard work and motivation
for students of the institution to attain
academic excellence.
“The University of Calabar in its
2014/2015 academic session graduated a
total of 7,222. Out of this number, 4,868
will get first degrees, 952 with Masters
degrees, and 1,402 with Diplomas’’, he
He announced the award of Honorary
Doctorate Degree of Law (LLD) to Mr
Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross
River, and to Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa in
Political Science (DPSC).
Akpagu explained that the university
decided to honour Duke for transforming
Cross River to a tourist state and hospitality
haven, while Ita-Giwa was honoured for
her struggle in rehabilitating the Bakassi
displaced returnees.
In his speech, Pro-Chancellor of the
university, Chief Emmanuel Iwuannyawu,
advised the authorities to embark on
large-scale farming that would engage the
students in meaningfully ventures after
graduation. NAN

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