As University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom State convoked thousands, Governor Umo Eno has reiterated his administration’s commitment to the educational development of the state.
The Governor stated this at the combined convocation ceremonies of the University of Uyo, at the TETFund Auditorium, Main Campus of the university on Saturday.
Eno said education is one of the pillars of the ARISE Agenda, and government is investing in education beginning from the foundational stage to the tertiary.
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The Governor himself an alumnus of the University of Uyo and a Ph.D candidate, stated that as part of his administration’s commitment to actualise the educational advancement component of the ARISE Agenda, the State Government will continue to support UNIUYO to enhance its pursuit of academic excellence, expressing hope that products of the school will continue to contribute to the development of the State and society in general.
He congratulated the University on its successful combined convocation and felicitated with the 14,866 graduating students of the University and those conferred with Honorary Doctorate Degrees.
He expressed courtesies of the government and people of the State to the Chief Visitor of the University, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the University Chancellor, Emir of Hadejia and Chairman Jigawa State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Abubakar Adamu Maje, Vice Chancellor, Professor Nyaudoh Ndaeyo, Senate and Management of the University of Uyo, for their advancement of education in the State.
Eno commended the strides recorded by Professor Ndaeyo since his assumption of office as Vice Chancellor, especially for successfully hosting the combined convocation to formally celebrate the graduation of the 26th, 27th and current 28th sets who were caught in the web of the COVID-19 pandemic which affected their academic calendar.
“I commend you on the successful hosting of this joint convocation. Let me particularly pay special tribute to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Nyaudoh Ndaeyo on his strides since assumption of office.
‘‘You’re not just a pacesetter but a shinning and worthy ambassador of all of us and as the saying goes, a good job done means more jobs to be done. We know and trust that you will excel.
“Our administration will continue to work with the University of Uyo and indeed all other Universities and tertiary institutions in the state.
“We will support them, because education is one of the pillars of our ARISE Agenda and we’ll continue to demonstrate good faith working with you and supporting you as much as possible,” the governor assured.
The University of Uyo Chancellor, Alhaji Abubakar Adamu Maje, CON, also felicitated the graduates, and charged them not to see their academic attainment as an end, but a means to an end and challenged them to think out of the box of white collar jobs and launch themselves into the present world of innovation, resourcefulness and creativity.
The Jigawa Royal Father congratulated Governor Eno on his emergence as governor in the University’s host state, Akwa Ibom, while calling for stronger collaborations between the federal and state governments to advance education as catalyst for the needed development of Nigeria.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Nyaudoh Ndaeyo, had expressed gratitude to the Visitor, Nigeria’s President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor of the host state, Pastor Umo Eno, and other governors for their support and goodwill towards the school and its graduates.
Professor Ndaeyo said the University of Uyo was proud of having Governor Umo Eno as its first alumnus to be governor of the state as well for his leadership disposition and gains recorded for the state and the institution.
At the convocation, 136 students of the University of Uyo (UNIUYO), Akwa Ibom State, awarded first-class degrees during the combined convocation of the institution.
According to him, the 2017/2018 session produced 49 students with First Class honours, the 2018/2019 session produced 37, and the 2019/2020 produced 50.
Mr Ndaeyo, a professor, put the total number of graduates for the convocation at 14,866, consisting of 2,672 post-graduates; 11,795 under-graduates, 318 diploma graduates and 81 with certificate programmes.
The former Nigeria’s Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama; a philanthropist and Advisor to the Inoyo Toro Foundation, Udom Inoyo, and Daisy Danjuma, a former Senator and wife of Nigeria’s retired Army General, Theophilus Danjuma bagged honorary doctorate degree.