Several top dignitaries across Nigeria have dared all fears of Boko Harm insurgency in the Northeast as they have arrived in Borno state to attend the Convocation ceremony of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), today, Saturday.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba (Dr.) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, who was sworn-in as the Chancellor of the foremost Northeaster tertiary institution at a grand ceremony, yesterday, arrived Maiduguri on Thursday.
The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was also an attendee as he arrived Maiduguri in his Royal limousine yesterday to attend the Convocation lecture ahead today’s event which also coincides with the 40th anniversary of the University.
Briefing reporters ahead of the joint convocation and 40th anniversary of the university, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Njodi, said that the institution will be honouring 172 graduates who made First Class.
Njodi explained that the 172 exceptional students, who graduated between 2010 and 2015 would be honoured at the joint convocation covering the time.
He said: “The University will finally hold its 22nd convocation and 40th anniversary for the award of degrees, diplomas and certificates.
“Summary for the statistics of undergraduate students shows that a total of 37,259 will be graduating. It is gratifying to note that 172 students obtained First Class degrees in the five sets that we are graduating.
“Similarly, statistics for the Postgraduate degree showed that, 823 students will be graduating from the school of postgraduate studies. Of this figure, a total of 192 students will receive Doctorate Degree, 1,498 Masters Degrees while 2,133 will receive Postgraduate Diploma.”
It was gathered that so far the total number of students who graduated from the university since its establishment 40 years ago, stood at 101,5141.