Abia governor makes case for specialised universities

Overall best student of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) Nworu Charles Chinedu (left); Chairman of Council, Lawal Muhammadu Zayyana; and the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Francis Ogbonnaya Otunta at the institution’s eight convocation in Umuahia.

Vice Chancellor, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU), Prof Francis Otunta and Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu have lamented the short fall in the university’s personnel subvention saying this would affect the running of the institution.

They spoke recently at the eight convocation ceremony and silver jubilee anniversary of the state.

According to Otunta, the institution’s subvention has been reduced from N425m it required to effectively run the university to N325m.

He alerted that if the shortfall continues, the university may not be able to pay workers their full emoluments.

In the same vein, Governor Ikpeazu called on the Federal government to improve its funding of Universities of Agriculture in the country so as to attract youths to such institutions and variably, agric sector.

He also urged the government to allow specialized universities run as conventional ones. In the alternative, the governor advocated the establishment of a federal university in the state so as not to deprive its citizens the opportunity of studying in regular institutions.

Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Muhammad Lawal Zayyana called for increased funding of the institution and specifically renewed the age-long agitation for MOUAU to be given its takeoff grant, saying  “ it is on record that this university is the only University of Agriculture in Nigeria that did not at inception and till date receive any takeoff grant”.

He urged the graduating students to use their God-given talents and the skills and knowledge acquired to stimulate revolution in Agriculture, Science and Technology in order to enhance the nation’s development.

The overall best graduating student, Nworu Chinedu of the department of Statistics with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.91 canvassed a review of the curriculum of agriculture universities in the country in line with changing times and current needs and realities.

Nworu was offered automatic employment as Graduate-Assistant by the university management.

A total of 4,958 graduates from the eleven colleges were admitted into the university’s various degrees ranging from graduate, post graduate diplomas, masters and doctorate degrees at the ceremony.



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