Maduebibisi Iwe, Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike highlights latest academic and infrastructural achievements of the university at a press conference , November 15.

By Bruno Uche

The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, MOUAU, in Abia state formally kicked off activities marking its 10th Convocation ceremony, November 25, with a press conference at the Universities Headquarter.  Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, used the opportunity of the Press Conference to release details of activities of the convocation ceremony. He also released statistics about graduating students.

Among others, the VC revealed that the University will be graduating a total of 6609 students, with 4114 students belonging to the 2018/2019 academic year at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 5815 comprised first degree students.

 90 of the first degree students graduated with first-class honours while 1775 passed with second-class honours, Upper Division. The VC announced also that 2905 came out successful with second-class honours, Lower Division; 1226 succeeded with third-class honours, and 18 with pass degrees.

 Professor Iwe who is the 6th VC of the Institution reiterated his commitment to the 12 core values of his administration which include; Diligence and Transparency in action, Godly, Disciplined and Excellent in attitude, integrated and coordinated agricultural education, Knowledge to all persons without discrimination. He told journalists also that the Institution will also confer Honorary Degrees on some prominent Nigerians during the convocation ceremony.

The VC said: “at the forthcoming convocation ceremony, the University will confer on four distinguished Nigerians with the honorary degrees of this University. For us, the conferment of honorary degrees is a recognition and honour to accomplished persons that truly deserve them. It is an honour we expect should stimulate the recipients to partner more closely with our University and cause their success stories to rub off on the development of Agriculture, Science and Technology in our University”.

He revealed also that the management of the university is pursuing the possibility of turning the university to a conventional university. The challenge, he explained is that the federal government had not repealed the decree establishing the institution as a university of agriculture. ” We are pursuing it diplomatically and politically and wish the proposal would sail through”, he said.

The VC later commissioned Biscuits & Bread factory, as well as a petrol station built by the university. The petrol station is to be managed in partnership with Sleek Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited in the spirit of Public Private Partnership as one of the ways to shore up its revenue base of the University.

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