A privately-owned university, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Kwara State has said that 28 out of its 1,079 graduands will bag first class honours at its 11th convocation slated for Saturday.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Noah Yusuf, stated this in Ilorin on Tuesday during a press conference to herald the celebrations of the convocation.
He also said that 282 graduands will receive second class upper division; 532 students second class lower division; third class, 97; Postgraduate, 97; while 43 will be awarded Diploma certificates.
Yusuf added that the successful outings of the affected students was due to the availability of good lecturers that have distinguished themselves in their various disciplines.
He stressed that the commitment of the students to their academic pursuits have also served as impetus for their outstanding performances during the year under review.
The vice-chancellor said: “I am equally pleased to inform that since last year that we were here for this same purpose, the university has continued to record notable achievements.
“Perhaps, the most important of these feats was the successful accreditation of 22 academic programmes by the NUC and the interns status for another year.
“If we remember the effects of Covid-19 on all aspects of our lives in 2020, the significance of the accreditation would be understandable and thus the university now runs over 100 academic programmes both at undergraduates, postgraduate and diploma levels.
“Worthy of mention for record purposes is the increase in the number of students. I am humbled to inform you that, for the first time in recent years, the number of 2020/2021 admissions of 1,287 surpassed the projection just as the number of graduands of 1,079 who will receive their degree certificates in various classes is higher than previous years.”
The vice-chancellor, who said that the university always relies on the tuition fees of the students to survive, appealed to wealthy individuals in the society to assist the institution so as to meet its targeted programmes.
Yusuf also said that the governing council of the institution has set out five-year strategic plans for the university so as to add more values to the academic excellence of the students.
Adamawa trains over 1,000 unemployed graduates on ICT
The Adamawa Poverty Alleviation and Wealth Creation Agency (PAWACA), says it has trained over 1,000 unemployed graduates on Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Head of PAWACA Aisha Bello, made this known while reeling out the scorecard of the agency in 2021 Friday in Yola, the State’s capital.
Bello said that the agency achieved over 70 per cent of its target in the year under review.
“In 2021, the agency achieved almost 70 per cent of its target, which included training and poverty reduction among people of the state.
“So far, we have enrolled 15,820 beneficiaries under the Capital Development programme and proposed additional 3,000 women and youths for ICT transformation.
“About 1,000 unemployed universities and polytechnics graduates drawn across the 21 local government areas of the state benefited from the ICT training,” Bello said.
According to her, some physically challenged persons have also been trained in various skills acquisition ranging from trade, carpentry and farming to make them self-reliant.
Bello, however, expressed concern on the attitude of some trainees who failed to establish their own businesses after receiving support from the state government.
She said: “I am calling on people of the state to support the effort of the agency and the state government in its bud to eradicate poverty among people of the state.’’ NAN
Buhari commends Gov. El-Rufai over remarkable achievement
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed satisfaction on the impressive achievements recorded by the Kaduna State Governor Nasiru El-Rufai.
Speaking Friday at the palace of the Emir of Zazzau, Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, the President noted that within the context of scarce resources and prevailing economic reality, the Kaduna State government has done well for the people.
‘‘As they say in Hausa ‘Gani ya Kori ji’ (seeing is believing),’’ he said in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
The President, who is on a four-day official visit to the State, had on Thursday commissioned projects in Kafanchan and Kaduna metropolis in the State.
On Friday in Zaria, at the northern senatorial district of Kaduna, the President inaugurated the remodeled Sabon Gari market with 3,400 shops; the Circular road with two spurs on River road and Kufena road; and the Queen Elizabeth way.
At the Sabon-Gari market, President Buhari, while appreciating the governor for rebuilding one of the oldest markets in the State and paying compensation of over N300 million to traders, jocularly said he would consider opening a consultancy service in the market, where a ‘‘Presidential Block’’ is named after him.
In his remarks, Governor El-Rufai recalled that in August 2019, the President was in Zaria to commission Phase 2 of the Zaria water project, providing a basic amenity that was not available for residents of Zaria for over 30 years.
‘‘Our State is an agricultural State and this Emirate is associated with farming. We know Mr President’s passion for agriculture and we are grateful you appointed a son of the State to head the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
‘‘We look forward to more agricultural interventions in the State,’’ the Governor said, pledging that the people of Kaduna and their elected representatives will continue to stand by the principles and values associated with the President: honesty, integrity and commitment to public service.
The Emir of Zazzau thanked the President for the intervention of the Federal Ministry of Health in providing a functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine at Ahamdu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, in line with the desire of the people of Zazzau.
‘‘Today our people don’t have to travel to Kano, Sokoto or Abuja for medical screening with MRI machine,’’ he said.
The first class traditional ruler commended Governor El-Rufai for the Urban Renewal Projects embarked upon by his administration, acknowledging that the Emir of Zazzau’s Palace which has been in existence for centuries, was a major beneficiary of the projects.
‘‘We will be grateful if Mr President will thank and bless our Governor for the gigantic legacy project ongoing in the Place. Equally, Zaria people have benefitted in other areas like road construction and bridges which have expanded road networks as well as decongested traffic significantly,’’ he said.
On security, the Emir, while acknowledging the efforts of the government, solicited for more intervention by the Federal Government in the area, noting that Zaria emirate is a gateway to all the States in the North West as well neighbouring Niger Republic.