OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND IN AGRICULTURE – PRESIDENT BUHARI TELLS FUTMINNA GRADUATES

the society.

The President stated this while delivering his address yesterday during the 27th Convocation Ceremony and 35th Founder’s Day of the University held at the Dr. Suleimanu Kumo Convocation Square, Main Campus.
The President who was represented by the former Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU), Zaria, Prof. Shehu Abdullahi said fresh graduates should look into the agricultural sector and the small and medium scale businesses, which are supporting the economy, adding that they should deploy their training from the University to harness the fortunes of the society in both sectors.

The Visitor further noted that his administration is committed to alleviating the challenge of unemployment in the country with the introduction of the N-Power Volunteer Scheme where 200,000 graduates have been engaged while another 300,000 graduates would also be engaged in the second phase of the scheme.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces charged the graduates to join the Federal Government’s crusade in fighting corruption, so that the country’s limited resources can be deployed to providing quality education, infrastructure, health care and other amenities for its teeming population. “We need the support of the youth and entire citizenry to succeed. To this end, I implore all students and most especially the graduates to rededicate themselves as ambassadors in this moral crusade,” the President stated.

He urged the University to produce competent graduates and advised the graduating students to think more of the things that unite the country rather than the differences that exist among them.

“This administration is committed to making Nigeria better than we met it. Since we assumed office, we have been working assiduously to ensure a more secure and economically prosperous country. Even though, there is still much to be done, our efforts have been yielding fruits.” the visitor of the University disclosed.

The President maintained that his administration recognised the importance of science and technology education in national development, saying that his administration is determined to address the plethora of challenges facing the education sector despite the constraining factor of limited resources.

In his goodwill message at the occasion, Niger State Governor Alh. (Dr.) Abubakar Sani Bello, represented by the Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ahmed Marafa Guni said “The thrust of my goodwill message as we mark the 27th Convocation is to remind us, especially those of us in leadership position to pay adequate attention to provision of functional education, which remains the most reliable foundation for sustainable development and societal transformation. As political leaders nothing apart from security of lives and properties, should occupy our attention more than education, if we must change the narratives of the nation.”

The Governor further stated that the state has invested so much in the development of teachers and hopes to go into collaboration with FUT, Minna in order to add value to the technical schools in the State.

Speaking earlier, the Chancellor of the University, His Eminence, Eze (Dr.) Eberechi Nwannediya Dick (JP) appreciated the Federal Government for its massive investment in Nigerian education system, particularly it’s various financial and infrastructural interventions in FUT, Minna and called for more intervention strategy to improve the quality of education.

The Chancellor congratulated the newly appointed Governing Council of the University led by a renowned scholar, Prof. ‘Femi Odekunle and commended the council for overseeing one of the most transparent and rancour free selection processes in the history of Nigerian university system, which culminated in the emergence of Prof. Abdullahi Bala as the new Vice-Chancellor of the institution.

Addressing the graduands, the Royal father urged them to be good ambassadors of the University. Wherever they find yourselves in life. “I want you to step into the larger society with a high sense of confidence because you have been equipped by the University with all that it takes to succeed in life,” the Chancellor reiterated.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, FUT, Minna, Prof. ‘Femi Odekunle in his address identified indiscipline and corruption as the major cause of the socio-political and economic challenges that has translated into gross youth unemployment in our country.

He urged the graduands to always remember to conduct themselves as worthy ambassadors of the institution, which is the number one specialised university in Nigeria and resist all temptations that will manifest in indiscipline or indulging in corrupt practices in the interest of our nation.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, FSSSN, who enumerated the successes and developmental strides achieved by the University said the University also has numerous challenges such as hostel accommodation, inadequate water source and infrastructure that need concerted efforts from all stakeholders to surmount. He appealed to government, friends of the University, philanthropists and the Alumni to rise up to the challenges and make their contributions as the University is ready to partner with all and committed to meeting those challenges.

Speaking on behalf of all the new graduates, the best graduating student Ngozichukwu Bright Ugochukwu with the CGPA of 4.81 who was represented by the second best graduating student Okeke Joy Chidinma with CGPA 4.77, urged other students to work hard in order to succeeds in their studies.

At this year’s Convocation Ceremony, a total of 3,741 students graduated. Out of this number, 3,096 received First Degrees, 426 Masters Degrees, 46 Ph.Ds and 173 Post Graduate Diplomas. Of those who graduated with First Degrees, 62 bagged First Class while 1,006 are in the Second Class Upper Division, 1,526 have Second Class Lower Division, 468, Third Class and 34 Pass Degrees.

As part of activities that marked the 27th Convocation Ceremony and 35th Founder’s Day, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi B. Baffa flagged off the newly completed School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT) Complex Phase II.

There was also an exhibition during which the different departments in the University showcased their inventions for the general public and industry.


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