Alex-Ekwueme Varsity Convocation:

  • FG Directs Ministry Of Education To Hold National Summit On Research
  • Late Dr. Effiong Gets Honorary Degree
  • 20 Made First Class

The Federal Government has directed the Ministry of Education to organise a national summit on research and development within the second quarter of 2020.

Visitor of the University, President Muhammadu Buhari gave the directive on Tuesday during the convocation ceremony of the Alex-Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo (AE-FUNAI).

The Visitor who was represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said the summit should enhance research and development in the country.

The summit, according the president, should aim at drawing up a draft agenda for the country’s research priorities as our development as a nation can only be concretised if we succeed in getting our research and development priorities right.

In his speech, Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba said the institution was celebrating the first set of graduands from the School of Post graduate Studies.

Nwajiuba said that five persons obtained Master of Science degree, while 13 persons earned the Post Graduate Diploma.

He further said that of the 512 Graduands from the various Faculties, the Faculty of Basic Medical Science produced 47 Graduands while Faculty of Humanities had 95 Gradaunds.

“The Faculty of Management and Social Sciences had 220 Graduands, while the Faculty of Science produced 150 Graduands,” he said.

He said 20 Graduands came out with First Class Honours, while 205, 263 and 24 had Second Class Honours (Upper Division), Second Class Honours (Lower Division) and Third Class Division, respectively.

Gov. David Umahi, represented by his Deputy, Dr Kelechi Igwe, congratulated the graduands and their parents for the feat and pledged the government’s continued assistance to the institution.

Oba Michael Gbadebo, the Alake of Egbaland and university’s Chancellor, commended the management of the institution for its remarkable development.

The institution also conferred a Posthumous Honorary Doctorate degree on late Dr Philip Effiong, the Second-in-Command to the Leader of the defunct Biafra, Late Chief Chukwuemeka Ojukwu.