GOVERNOR SANI BELLO COMMENDS IBBUL FOR EXPOSING STUDENTS TO GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS, AS THE INSTITUTION GRADUATES OVER 3,000

The Visitor and Executive Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has commended the Management of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University for exposing its students to global acceptable entrepreneurial skills such as agribusiness, fashion, cosmetics, solar energy, information communication technology, cashew and Shea processing, and many more.

He gave the commendation while delivering his address at the 3rd Combined Convocation Ceremony of the University held at the Convocation Arena of the University.

The Visitor noted that the exposure of the students to entrepreneurial skills was a clear demonstration of the Management’s commitment to ensuring that the University was not only providing education for the sake of acquiring certificates, but also for the provision of knowledge and skills which would empower youths to revolutionalise the nation’s economy.

Governor Bello urged the Management of the university to continue to train students that would be of acceptable global standards in entrepreneurship skills and ensure that the graduates of the institution were candidates that would be ready for the increasingly competitive labour market, and more importantly, as job creators.

“You must rise to the challenge of meeting the manpower requirement of both the public and private sectors in the State; that is the strategic option in the 21st century”, the Visitor maintained.

The Governor also charged the Management of the University to continue to play a leading role in the country’s agricultural transformation through specialized researches that would improve the practices for increased value-chain benefits in the sector.

According to him, “Our government would in spite of the difficult economic realities, continue to commit resources to the provision of adequate manpower, capacity enhancement, the motivation of teaching and non-teaching staff in all our institutions of higher learning”.

He assured the University of his administration’s commitment to creating favourable business and investment climate that would trigger massive inflow of domestic and foreign investment in the agricultural sector of the state through private sector participation, supporting the small farmers with necessary incentives and to make agribusiness attractive to the youths.

“IBB University must, as a matter of expediency, begin to look inwards to expand its collaborations with the Federal and State Ministry of agriculture to export the expertise of the gown to the town towards modernizing our agricultural sector”, the Governor added.

He appreciated all agencies and individuals that were partnering with the government in taking this University to greater heights.

Governor Bello congratulated the students for completing their courses as well as those awarded with honorary degrees urging them to remain good ambassadors of the institution.

The Visitor appreciated Professor Muhammad Nasiru Maiturare, the outgoing Vice-Chancellor for bringing his wealth of experience to bear within the period of his leadership in the University, which he said has brought tremendous transformation to the institution.

“On behalf of the Government of Niger State, I say thank you and wish you well in your future endeavours”, the Visitor said.

Giving his remarks at the occasion, the Chancellor and Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umaru Farouk Bahago appreciated the support and cooperation the University was receiving from the Niger State Government and commended the University Management for initiating impactful researches; urging to do more.

He expressed appreciation for the spirit of love demonstrated by special guests and stakeholders of the University and stressed the need for more funding to the University.

Also delivering his speech, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the University, Dr. Mohammed Kudu Santuraki reiterated the determination of the Council to ensure that IBB University continue leap to become member of comity of best Universities in the world.

While appreciating the support of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello’s led administration to the University, he also appealed for increased funding to enable the University surpass it’s feats.

Dr Santuraki congratulated the graduating students and awardees; appealing for more support from stakeholders of the University.

Earlier, in his address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare disclosed that 23 graduands made first class, 700 had second class upper, 1,999 graduated with second class lower while 470 were in 3rd class category even as 29 graduated with a pass.

He said the overall best graduating students for 2017/2018 session is Yansahwu Adio of French department with a CGPA of 4.77 and Maryam Gomina of Physics department is overall best graduating students for 2018/2019 session with a CGPA of 4.73.

For the Postgraduate School, Professor Maiturare disclosed that 91 graduated from the school with 58 bagging masters’ degrees and 33 postgraduate diplomas.

“The females are excelling, recalled that the overall best graduating student for the last convocation was Sa’adat Usman of Biochemistry with a CGPA of 4.86. We are very proud to be associated with your success,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor solicited for an increase in subvention given to the institution even though he appreciated the prompt and timely release of the fund to the institution.

Highlights of the convocation included the awards of honorary degrees to three distinguished Nigerians that have contributed outstandingly to humanity and re-launch of the University’s endowment fund, which was anchor by the Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami A. Abubakar who was represented by Engr. Inuwa Musa Kuta.

Those honoured during the occasion were Late Governor Abdulkhadir Abdullahi Kure who was founder of the University and was posthumously awarded a Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) which was received by his wife, Senator Zaynab Kure, while Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu was conferred with Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa), and Justice Maria Sanda Zukogi was conferred with Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law (Honoris Causa).

The occasion also featured the investiture of Professor Nuhu George Obaje as NNPC endowed Professorial Chair in Basinal Studies, which was the first of its kind in the country.

Responding on behalf of other awardees, the National Leader of the ruling party in the country, the All Progressive Congress (APC) who was former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu thanked the authorities of IBB University for bestowing on them great honour and assured that the gesture by the Institution would spur them to contribute more to humanity.

Making his vote of thanks at the occasion, the State Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Abubakar Baba Aliyu appreciated all and sundry, particularly creme of dignitaries that graced the occasion and congratulated all the graduands for the successful completion of their academic programmes.

A convocation lecture had earlier been delivered on the eve of the ceremony in the University Auditorium by a reverred scholar of Political Science, Professor Nuhu Yaqub of Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto on “Globalization and it’s Challenges to the Management, Survival, and Relevance of Nigerian University Education System.”

The Don brought to the fore myriads of teething challenges bedeviling the desired growth and development of Ivory Towers in the country and advocated for urgent and pragmatic measures to check the ugly situation, if the Nigerian’s Universities are to be reckoned among the high ranking institutions of the world.

Some completed projects were earlier commissioned by the State Commissioner of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Dr Abubakar Baba Aliyu.

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