By Our Correspondent
President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his administration’s commitment to reversing years of decay and deficit in infrastructures in Nigeria’s universities.
Buhari gave the assurance at the grand finale of the 33rd convocation of the University of Port Harcourt, on Saturday.
Prof. Eniofiok Essien, a former Vice-Chancellor of University of Uyo, represented the President at the ceremony.
He disclosed that his administration would deliver more infrastructures in universities among interventions to boost education in the country.
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“My government is ready to push the frontiers of learning through various levels of education in the country.
“For this reason, TETFUND and NEEDS assessment programmes of the Federal Government are focusing on learning equipment and resources.
“All over the world, universities are known to be catalysts for national development, hence our commitment to bring development and growth in our universities.
“Years ago, the government approved rehabilitation projects for university hostels and classroom blocks in UNIPORT.
“My government is keen on reversing the rots and decay of several decades in terms of infrastructural intervention.
“The university’s programmes have multiplied tenfold, and are responding to the challenges of our need for development,” Buhari said.
STATISTICS OF GRADUATING STUDENTS
Earlier, Prof. Owunari Georgewill, Vice-Chancellor, UNIPORT said 19,526 students graduated from various departments and faculties at the 33rd Convocation.
Georgewill explained that the graduating students comprised 2018 to 2020 academic sessions with 9,439 finishing with bachelor’s degrees, 159 obtaining First Class.
“In the postgraduate category, 1007 received Doctor of Philosophy degrees while 3,745 graduates bagged Master degrees in several specialisations.
“The specialisations include Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Education, Engineering, Management Sciences; College of Health Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences,” the vice chancellor said.
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