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17th Convocation: Genius Dashe Fatima hits 5.0 CGPA, emerges overall best-graduating student of Covenant University 



…CU begins construction of Medicine, Law faculties in 2023

By Sodiq Adelakun

A genius lady, Miss Dashe Fatima Andat on Friday, January 6, emerged as the overall best-graduating student of Covenant University.

Fatima who is a graduate of Accounting from the College of Management and Social Sciences hit a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) perfect score of 5 points.

Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, on Friday at the 17th convocation, announced and presented certificates to 77 scholars in Doctor of Philosophy and 114 in other Masters Degree categories.

At the Bachelor’s level where 1,677 graduated, 206 representing 12.28 per cent bagged First Class Degrees.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abiodun Adebayo, in other degree classifications are 744 (44.36 per cent) are in the Second Class (Upper Division). Also, 620 (36.97 per cent) of the graduands are in the Second Class (Lower Division), and 107 (6.38 per cent) are in the Third Class category.

The VC heartily congratulated the graduating class for the remarkable feat.

He said, “There is no doubt that Covenant has invested and equipped you adequately to be able to identify and optimise great opportunities that come your way and be able to turn around the destiny of our nation and by extension, the African continent.

“As you are released today, may you continue to soar as eagles, become worthy ambassadors of Covenant, pride to our continent and walk the path that glorifies the kingdom of God?”

He added, “I congratulate our esteemed parents, families, friends and well-wishers for partnering with us to raise for God, an army of reformers and rescue agents.”

In the same vein, the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo, announced that the school will begin construction of newly approved Medicine and Law faculties in 2023.

Also, Covenant University, one of Nigeria’s highly-ranked higher institutions, has notably lacked provisions for medicine and law studies since its inception in 2002.

However, the school owner and General Overseer of Living Faith Church Worldwide announced that the University will commence construction on the two faculties in the first quarter of 2023.

“With the cooperation of the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC), we are embarking on the construction takeoff of the faculty of law and medicine. We just revealed the construction plans and details and we expect to kick off in the first quarter of the year,” Dr. Oyedepo said in his address.

In the convocation ceremony tagged ‘Release of Eagles for 2022,’ the Vice-Chancellor said that the institution, on a rescue mission in education, had determined to raise a new generation of leaders that would restore the lost glory of the black race.

“In just two decades of its existence, Covenant University has become a leading world-class university and the best higher education destination for students in Africa.

“In addition, Covenant University emerged as the best university out of the 111 private universities in Nigeria by the Prestige Nigeria Education,” he said.


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Normalcy returns to KWASU after protest over EFCC’s arrest of KWASU



By Saka Laaro, Ilorin

Normalcy has returned to the Kwara State University (KWASU) and Malete community after the recent unrest resulting from students protest on the raid of the campus and Malete by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Nigerian NewsDirect reports that the EFCC had on Thursday, Feb. 22 said it has arrested 50 KWASU students for alleged involvement in internet fraud.

The students thereafter protested the arrest which led to a riot that saw the students destroying some property within the police station.

Our Correspondent who visited Malete yesterday afternoon to ascertain the situation of things, reports that people and students were carrying out their daily activities.

However, officers of the Nigeria Police Force at Malete Divisional Police Station barricaded the road in front of the station to check the movement of people.

A visit to the institution showed students of the University currently writing their Harmattan examination for 2023/2024 academic session.

A 300 level student of  Civil Engineering department, Hikmah Ayinla, said she is not aware of any unrest in the university as they are presently writing their harmattan examinations.

Also speaking, a 300 level student of Library and Information Sciences, Ifeoluwa Micho said though she doesn’t have details of the unrest, but it has not affected the ongoing examination in the school.

When contacted, the Acting Director of  University Relations, Dr Saeedat Aliyu, said they woke up to the news of EFCC operatives sting operations of Malete community where a sizable number of people, including students were arrested for their involvement in cybercrime.

Dr Aliyu, noted that the riot which took place outside the school was caused when some students and members of the community sighted a vehicle that escorted some people from Ila Orangun which they assumed that it was another sting operations by some security personnel.

She further noted that as against rumuors that there were casualties, nobody was shot or lost his or her life during the mayhem.

‘’The Acting Vice chancellor and his management team swung to action and de-escalated the crisis, because the university has zero tolerance for social vices and would work with relevant agencies to stamp out criminality and other vices.”Dean Students Affairs of the University, Prof. AbdulRauf Ambali, said precautionary measures had been put in place to forestall reoccurrence of such incident.

He said meetings were held with the managements of the EFCC as well as National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on the need to always carry the institution along in such operations.

Prof. Ambali added that most of the students that participated in the riot were dismissed students, parading themselves as students of the University

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180 bag first class as BUK graduates 11,000 students



By Aminu Garko, Kano

The Bayero University Kano (BUK) says it has concluded arrangements to graduate 11,000 students during its 38th staggered convocation.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Sagir Abbas, said this at a pre-convocation news conference on Monday in Kano.

Abbas said during the ceremony 180 Bachelor degree students would graduate with first class honours, 3, 770 students graduating in the Masters Degrees class, and 370 bagging PhD.

He explained that the institution’s staggered convocation was meant to ensure that every student feels the impact of his graduation.

“We are presenting honorary doctorate degrees to the Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin and the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwunmi Adeshina, as part of their support to the university.”

He also said that Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, would deliver the graduation lecture entitled: ‘The Role of Private Sector in Building a Sustainable Economy in Nigeria.’

“We also recorded a breakthrough in the E-Motive at the Centre of Excellence, Africa Centre of Excellence – Population and Policies, ACE-PAP. It saved 60 percent of pregnant women that delivered.

“We have plans to start Open and Distance learning from the beginning of next year, 2025, and the university is making serious inroads in other innovative scientific research sectors,” he said.


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ASUU urges FG to honour agreement



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has appealed to the Federal Government to honour and implement the agreement the union entered with the government to forestall industrial action.

ASUU Coordinator in charge of Kano Zone, Mr Abdulqadir Muhammad stated this at a news conference at the end of a zonal meeting on Wednesday in Kano.

He said the issues included renegotiation of the Federal Government – ASUU 2009 agreement, reached when the exchange rate to the U.S. dollar was N146 as against the current N1,900.

Muhammad said the exchange rate has eroded its salaries by 90 per cent.

He lamented that the federal government was adamant to sign the draft agreement reached with the union after the composition of new leadership of the negotiation committee.

“Therefore, the union calls on the President Bola Tinubu to immediately set in motion the process of upward-reviewing and signing of the Nimi Briggs Committee’s renegotiated draft agreement as a mark of goodwill, and to forestall industrial crisis and restore hope for Nigeria’s public universities,” he said.

Muhammad, however, confirmed that members of the union had received partial payment of their seven months withheld salaries, and stressed the need to ensure full payment of the remaining balance.

The union, he said, also urged the Kaduna government to pay the five months withheld salaries of Kaduna State University.

While calling for payment of the Earned Academic Allowances and promotion arrears abandoned after agreement, Muhammad condemned the dissolution of the Governing Councils of public universities, adding the action contravened Universities Miscellaneous Acts and respective university laws.

He further advocated review of the Nigeria University Commission (NUC) Act, to check proliferation of universities in the country without adequate provision for funding.

On the state of the nation, the union decried the spate of insecurity, poverty, unemployment, rising cost of living, displacement and destitution in the country.

“ASUU uses this opportunity to call on all patriots in the media, civil society, labour movement and student groups to supports its altruistic struggle to reposition Nigerian public universities.

“Finally, the zone urges President Bola Tinubu to faithfully implement the contents of the agreement it freely signed with the unions through collective bargaining”.

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