Giving the breakdown of the graduated students at the sixth Convocation ceremony of the University, its Vice Chancellor, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, disclosed that 522 students came out with second class upper degree, 508 students bagged second class lower degree division, while 60 students graduated with third class.
Professor Na’Allah added that as part of the epoch making occasion, the University also conferred Doctoral degree on four students in three programmes in Political Science, Computer Science and Islamic Studies.
He explained that the University’s tripartite mandate of teaching, research and community development continued to improve greatly as the University continues to play emphasis on academic excellence and set world standard, thus making the University a reference point in its academic stability and progress.
On research, Professor Na’Allah noted as a research-intensive University, it had carried out high impact research to solve societal problems, adding that the Institution had committed over six hundred million naira on Solar farm to power the university in the night.
The Vice Chancellor sought further collaboration from industries, organisations and individuals to assist in lightening the burden of the university through partnership and congratulated the graduating students with a charge to be employers of labour rather than job seekers.
In his remarks, the Acting Pro Chancellor of the University, Alhaji Kola Yusuf said funding had been a great challenge to the University since the cessation of subvention from government occasioned by economy downtown.
According to him, the University is also confronted with the problem poor road network from Shao to the University, water problem as it largely depend on water from boreholes and tanker services and funding.
Alhaji Yusuf, therefore noted that the IGR the university depended alone could not ameliorate the huge gap of meeting up with its obligations and commitments, appealing to the state government to look into the problems facing the university with a view to addressing them expeditiously.