10 Baze Univer­sity stu­dents clinch first class de­grees

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - By Chidimma C. Okeke & Onyekachukwu Obi

Baze Univer­sity Abuja re­cently con­ducted its sec­ond con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony dur­ing which ten out of the 212 grad­u­at­ing stu­dents who had first class de­grees were hon­ored.

The school, which be­gan full aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties in 2011 with only 17 stu­dents had grown to about 1,400 stu­dents in four fac­ul­ties and of­fer­ing over 20 de­gree pro­grammes.

The Vice Chan­cel­lor, Pro­fes­sor Michael Hodd, said the in­sti­tu­tion was es­tab­lished and equipped to at­tain aca­demic ex­cel­lence in its teach­ing and re­search. He said 10 stu­dents ob­tained first class de­grees in their re­spec­tive fields of stud­ies in the 2014/15 aca­demic ses­sion.

Hodd said the univer­sity had four fac­ul­ties in­clud­ing En­gi­neer­ing, Man­age­ment and So­cial Sciences, Com­puter and Ap­plied Science and Law, and that Baze had reached ad­vanced stage to com­mence aca­demic work on other dis­ci­plines.

He said it was part of the ef­fort to sus­tain the as­pi­ra­tion of stu­dents and de­sires of par­ents to com­mence aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties in Medicine, Phar­macy and En­vi­ron­men­tal Science.

One of the grad­u­at­ing stu­dents Em­manuel C. Njoku said very few stu­dents en­rolled into the univer­sity in 2011 “with­out know­ing what will be­come of us in case of any pos­si­bil­ity since it was just new with few struc­tures and lec­tur­ers. But the in­sti­tu­tion got wider ac­cep­tance due to the pro­vi­sion of im­proved fa­cil­i­ties and qual­ity teach­ing.”

For­mer Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Pro­fes­sor Ruqayy­atu Ru­fai, who spoke at the event, said the story of Baze Univer­sity was ‘truly a suc­cess­ful one’ be­cause it had at­tracted stu­dents with high in­tel­lec­tual po­ten­tials from across the coun­try and pro­vided more ac­cess to higher ed­u­ca­tion to teem­ing ap­pli­cants.

“We have to look at the is­sue of ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion; it is a very crit­i­cal one. Nige­ria can­not con­tinue to have the high­est num­ber of out-of-school chil­dren in the world and as such, we must give pri­or­ity to ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion,” she said.

The for­mer min­is­ter ad­vised the grad­u­ates to im­bibe firstrate at­ti­tude and pro­tect the good im­age of their alma-mater.

Miss Ohunene Sal­ima Ah­mad, who was the best grad­u­at­ing stu­dent from the fac­ulty of Man­age­ment and So­cial Sciences with a first class de­gree, and as­pir­ing to be a lec­turer, said Baze Univer­sity had the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture and man­power to achieve aca­demic ex­cel­lence.

She said, “I feel very good, ac­com­plished and happy that my hard work paid off.

“I don’t think I did any­thing spe­cific to dis­tin­guish me from oth­ers, maybe I worked harder than the rest of the stu­dents and I barely had a so­cial life and I think at the end it paid off; I am happy.”

Another first class stu­dent of the Fac­ulty of Law, Bo­larin Aliyu Faniyan, said “the in­sti­tu­tion is flex­i­ble and lec­tur­ers are friendly. It is one of the hap­pi­est mo­ments of my life lead­ing a class of 58 in­dus­tri­ous stu­dents.”

El­der states­man and for­mer Nige­ria Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions, Am­bas­sador Yusuf Maitama Sule, who also com­mended the aca­demic stand­ing of the univer­sity, said it is im­por­tant to “ed­u­cate our boys and girls be­cause Nige­ria is des­tined to play a very im­por­tant role not only in Africa but the world.”

While urg­ing the gov­ern­ment to in­vest in ed­u­ca­tion, he said “I’m ex­pect­ing to see bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion poli­cies with the present gov­ern­ment.”

He told the grad­u­ates “you are the po­ten­tial lead­ers, the fu­ture, and vanguard of revo­lu­tion, so­lu­tion to our prob­lem and an­swer to the fu­ture it holds.”

Another high­light of the con­vo­ca­tion was awards to some grad­u­ants and the nam­ing of struc­tures of the in­sti­tu­tion af­ter some no­table Nige­ri­ans.

The Mosque was named af­ter Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar; an au­di­to­rium af­ter Muham­mad Sanusi (Emir of Kano); Li­brary af­ter Pro­fes­sor At­tahiru Jega; a work­shop af­ter Nura Imam and a build­ing af­ter Rose Ok­wechime.

The oc­ca­sion was at­tended by the Emir of Zaz­zau, Al­haji Shehu Idris; Nige­ria Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the United Na­tions, Am­bas­sador Joy Ogwu; Al­haji Ah­madu Abubakar; Sen­a­tor Yusuf Datti; Dr. Aliyu Modibbo; Sen­a­tor Ibrahim Mantu; Labaran Maku among oth­ers.

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