Out of the 2,325 graduands in the 2016/2017 class of Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), 36 made First Class, 914 – Second Class Upper, 1,170 – Second Class Lower while 49 scored Third Class.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Francis Eze disclosed this on April 3 during a press briefing for the 30th convocation ceremony of the university held on Friday April 6.
Prof. Eze also said that 438 would be conferred with Post Graduate degrees and diplomas. A breakdown of the higher degrees shows that 46 will be conferred with Ph.D, 250 – Masters Degree and 142 – PGD.
Speaking on recent developments in the institution, the Vice Chancellor revealed that the management has commenced the construction of perimeter fence of the university land along the Umuanunu – Obinze and Umuchima – Ihiagwa axis. However, he regretted that in the early hours of Tuesday, March 13, 2018, some disgruntled and misinformed elements from Umuanunu Obinze completely destroyed the entire stretch of the university’s completed fence measuring about 1.5 kilometers in the Umuanunu – Obinze axis estimated at N60 million.
However, he said the university authorities would continue to engage the representatives of the host communities in robust, constructive and meaningful dialogue towards the peaceful resolution of all contentious land issues.
On the current achievements of FUTO under his administration, Prof Eze stated that FUTO came first in the Open Education Resources ranking of Nigerian Universities organized by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and also the result of the 2017 NUC accreditation of our programmes showed that all the eight programmes recorded full accreditation status.
“In line with global trend and competiveness, we are currently developing a new school of Computing Information and Communication Technology that will house programmes like Information Technology, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Telecommunication Science and Electronics as well as the creation of Department of Forensic Science and Cybersecurity,” the VC said.
The vice chancellor used the occasion to introduce the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Professor N.J. Okeudo and the new Bursar, Mrs. Helen O. Onuoha.