President Muhammad Buhari has challenged Nigerian Universities to remain focus and committed to their tripartite functions of teaching, research and learning to justify government’s commitment.
The President who said this while delivering his speech at the 32nd convocation ceremony of the University of Ilorin, cautioned that the era of wasteful spending is over in the Universities.
‘‘Every funds must be channelled towards productive activities,’’ he said.
President Buhari pointed out that Universities should henceforth be self reliance to cater for their needs.
According to him, ‘‘Universities are supposed to be vanguard of re-orientating the people for them to be good citizens. It is therefore, necessary these institutions to conduct researches by identifying the problems and needs of the society.’’
On the economic recession, President Buhari said his government is very aware of the hardship the people are facing, saying that ‘‘the solution to revive the economy should not be shouldered by the government alone.’’
He called on the Universities to play key roles to revitalize the economy and promised that the government would restructure the economy ‘‘to ensure discipline in all spheres of life, eliminate all practices that are inimical to the nation.’’
The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, in his speech congratulated the University of Ilorin, students and parents on the feat recorded by bridging the gap between the town and the gown.
Governor Ahmed said the University has continuously contributed to human capital development in the State and pledged to support the Institution by providing scholarship for the best students both home and abroad to enjoy functional education.
He assured that education would continue to remain top priority of the state government’s shared-prosperity programme.
The Governor, who is also an alumnus of the University, promised to also support the solar plant project of the University which would help to solve power problem in the country, especially in the State.
The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor AbdulRasheed Abubakar, identified with the University of Ilorin for ensuring peace and stable academic calendar which distinguished it from others.
In his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor AbdulGaniyu Ambali, said that having been found worthy in character and learning, the University graduated 8038 undergraduate and post graduate students with 67 first class and 166 PhD holders.
Professor Ambali urged the graduands to be dedicated, determined and disciplined, urging them to always internalize excellence as well as commitment to life-long learning and making research their guidance for the growth of the nation.
The Vice Chancellor also admonished them to continue to uphold probity in their dealings with people and phenomena and be devoted to service with sincerity and hard work.
A student of Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Yusuf Ololade Faridat won eighteen awards as over all best students, while Alaya Saheed Isiaq of the Accounting Department also won six awards as second best students.
The University authority confirmed that two of the PhD holders were unable to witness the convocation because of death.
One of them died in the early hours of Saturday, hours before the convocation ceremony.