3082 Graduate at FUTO -39 made First Class
A total of 3082 students graduated at the 29th convocation ceremony of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) on Saturday, December 3, 2016. The number comprises 730 postgraduates students and 2352 bachelors degree holders; 39 graduated Summa Cum Laude (First Class) with Miss Mbah Anita Uzoamaka of the department of Biochemistry, clinching the “overall best graduating student”, position with a CGPA of 4.85.
In his speech, President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka reminded the fresh graduates that they are now armed with the knowledge and skill to contribute their quota to the growth of the country.
He commended the staff and management of the University for ensuring another successful timely graduation even as he commended the University for the peace existing in the institution saying that periods like this, is when geniuses emerge, when skills and entrepreneurship in students are unleashed.
Prof. Anwuka noted that it is the core mandate of the government to create job opportunities and to protect lives of the citizens. I promise you, we will continue to provide avenues so that our youths will develop their skills and create ingenuity. I understand the pains and difficulties Nigerians face, but I plead for patience as we are very determined to lead the country out of the present economic quagmire. I assure you the federal government is working round the clock with its reform ministries to get Nigerians back on track. It is on record that part of our economic problems lies on an over bearing reliance on foreign goods. It lies on us and most especially the universities of technology to collaborate with our manufacturing industries to translate the result of researches into productive ventures.”
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Francis Eze in his speech, pledged to grow FUTO in infrastructure, research and learning, stating that his mission in the university is to re-engineer and transform FUTO to be a truly world-class university through recruiting, nurturing and developing uniquely promising students and exceptional staff in science, engineering, technology and innovation to the benefit of mankind.
The Vice Chancellor advised the graduands to uphold most jealously the good name of the great university and exhibit an exemplary character, commitment to duty in their future endeavours. “I urge you to initiate positive innovation using the skills and knowledge garnered in the last five or six years in the university.”
Prof. Eze added that it is common knowledge that most public universities grapple with the challenge of funding in meeting its daily needs. “For us in the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, and like every other public university, funding remains the key to unlocking its potential; funds are needed to provide more departmental building, classrooms and lecture theatres. Funds are needed to provide a sustainable power supply for the university. Funds are needed to provide perimeter fencing and ensure the protection of the university facilities from the daily threat of theft. Funds are needed to provide staff quarters, students’ hostels and good road network etc. We therefore, appeal to corporate organizations, government, individuals and groups to assist the university in addressing the above challenges,” he said.
Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology had earlier delivered the convocation lecture which centered on the role science; technology and innovation play in putting the recession in recess.