The Executive Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has once again reiterated his administration’s determination to ensure that necessary attention is given to the development of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai so as to improve its status in the global rankings by making her one of the excellent research and learning centres in the country.

He made this known while delivering his address at the University’s 2nd combined convocation ceremony held at the convocation arena of the Institution.
Alhaji Bello who is also the Visitor to the University stated that his administration was familiar with the challenges of the Institution and reaffirmed that no stone would be left unturned to ensure that its development remained top most of priority projects of the Niger State Government.
According to him, “we will continue to give you all the required support and will not fail in our commitment to the necessary efforts needed that would ensure that the University maintains and grow its faculties, attract and retain quality calibre of staff that would contribute meaningfully to making IBB University a world-class citadel of learning that provides best to none educational experience for our students”.
The Governor said that it was in realisation of quality and affordable tertiary education to the Nigerlites that his administration was working on establishing Tertiary Education Fund (TET Fund) for Tertiary Institutions in Niger State so as to rescue and improve the status of tertiary education in the state and appealed to all well-meaning individuals in the state to support the noble course.
The Visitor disclosed that the state government was working tirelessly to ensure that work on the construction of male and female hostels across the tertiary institutions in the state commence without further delay.
He called on well spirited individuals in the society to contribute to the University Endowment Fund Board headed by General Abubakar Alhaji AbdulSalami (Rtd) and also charged the Institution to explore other avenues of internally generated revenue to boost its sources of funding.
In his address at the occasion, the Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (Rtd) who spoke through the Chairman University’s Endowment Fund Board of Trustees, General Abubakar Alhaji AbdulSalami (Rtd) reaffirmed his full and continued support to the development of IBB University to make it best among equals on the globe.
He called for support from all and sundry in order to take the University to lofty heights.
The Chancellor of the University, Emir of Minna, Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru Faruk Bahago appreciated the support the University was receiving from the Niger State Government; adding that the doggedness of the Governor Abubakar Sani Bello’s lead administration in developing other sectors of socio-economy of the State was highly commendable.
He congratulated the graduands for the successful completion of their studies and appealed for funding support from relevant stakeholders towards IBB University project.
Also speaking, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the University, Dr. Muhammad Kudu Santuraki said that the objectives for which the IBB University was established was gradually yielding results.
He assured that no efforts would be spared by the Management and Council of the Institution toward accelerating its development to the desired level; saying that the enduring legacy that IBB University represent was as a result of the vision of the pioneer Visitor of the University, late Engr. AbdulKhadir Abdullahi Kure.
The Council Chairman appealed for support from critical stakeholders in the education sector to the development of the University in order to meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerlites.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare Professor Maiturare said that the University has recorded a number of scholarly achievements both at national and international fronts with quality research grants being attracted to the University and students also winning highly competitive laurels.
The feats, he said, were a result of conscientious efforts of the students and faculty members of the University as well as provision of state-of-art teaching and learning facilities by the Management as well as unwavering support being received from the State Government.
Professor Maiturare explained that the University was rapidly developing both in academic programmes and infrastructural facilities, emphasising that quality assurance system and strategic actions were being taken to ensure that IBB University ranks among best in the comity of its peers worldwide.
He disclosed that Twenty Nine from 6, 499 Students the University graduated with First Class honour degrees from various undergraduate programmes of the Institution between 2013/14 to 2016/2017 academic sessions with Miss. Sa’adat Usman of Biochemistry Department graduating as the overall best student with CGPA of 4.86
Professor Maiturare explained that 1,281 students which represent 20.2 percent of total number graduated in the Second Class Upper Division, while 3,290 and 1,613 students representing 51.8 percent and 25.4 percent graduated with Second Class Lower Division and Third Class Degree respectively.
He pointed out that the University graduated 135 students with Pass Degree, which would be the last to be awarded in the Institution in line with the National Universities Commission’s (NUC) policy.
The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that 82 students graduated with Postgraduate Diploma Certificates, while a total of 36 students graduated with Masters Certificates in their respective disciplines from the Postgraduate School.
Professor Maiturare thanked all and sundry that have been supporting the development of IBB University and called for a sustained efforts to make her stand taller among its peers.
The ceremony witnessed re-launching of its N7billion Endowment Funds for some laudable projects which was coordinated by the Chairman, University’s Endowment Fund Board of Trustees, General Abubakar Alhaji AbdulSalami, GCFR and presentation of certificates and prizes to some students who have outstandingly distinguished themselves in academics from various Faculties by the Chancellor of the University, Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru Faruk Bahago.

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