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Photo News: JABU holds 9th convocation ceremony



By ‘Gbenga Bankole



The foremost entrepreneurship in Nigeria, Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU) on Friday January 25th, 2019 held 9th convocation ceremony.



A total number of 608 students of the institution were conferred with various degrees and diplomas at the glamorous ceremony.



About 25 out of the 593 graduating students of the institution obtained first class Bachelor degrees.



Giving a breakdown of the degrees, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Theophilus Olowokure said, “A total of 593 graduated at the first degree level, among whom 25 have secured first class honours, 245 second class upper, 249 second class lower, 84 third class and one student obtained ordinary pass degree. Five postgraduate diplomas and 10 master degrees would also be conferred with honours.


 “For the first degree, 37 of the graduating students come from the College of Agricultural Sciences, 84 from the College of Environmental Sciences, 140 from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 181 from the College of Management Sciences and 114 from the College of Natural Sciences.


“It is significant that in this period the College of Law of the university is producing the first set of graduates. It is producing 37 graduates.”



Olowokure noted that 16 out of the 25 academic programmes run by the university have been given full accreditation, while five have interim accreditation of the National Universities Commission.



He also said many professional bodies in the country had accredited the professional programmes of the university, as he lamented the institution’s challenge of meeting its annual admission quota due to high fees and increase in number of private universities in the country.



“The high fees, which is necessitated by the need to cover high overhead costs, had the effect of making parents of prospective students and their wards shun private universities in preference for public universities that charge relatively low fees.  Those students that fail to gain admission prefer to wait and seek admission into public universities the following year,” the VC lamented.


Also, at the ceremony which had all the Principal Officers of CAC Worldwide in attendance, honorary doctorate degrees were awarded to the founder of Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF), Chief Mrs Titi Abubakar Atiku and the Chairman of GMT Energy Resources Limited, Mr. Seinde Fadeni-Oladapo.



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