238 bag first class as UNILAG graduates 12,272
Gbajabiamila to deliver convocation lecture
About 238 graduating students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) will bag first-class degrees at the 52nd convocation ceremony of the institution billed to commence tomorrow (Friday).
At the week-long event, Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, will deliver the convocation lecture titled, “Building back better, Creating a new Framework for Tertiary Education in Nigeria in the 21st Century.”
The vice-chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, while addressing journalists on the activities lined up for the event said of the 12, 217 graduating students, 7, 799 will receive first degrees and diploma, while 4, 418 will receive postgraduate degrees for the 2019/2020 academic session.
Ogundipe disclosed that out of the 238 first-class degree graduands, 63 are from Faculty of Engineering, while Faculties of Pharmacy, Basic Medical Sciences and Clinical Sciences have 36 students graduating with Distinctions. with 17 of them from Faculty of Pharmacy.
Ogundipe added that of the overall 12,217 graduating students, 2,454 have second class Upper, while 3,459 have second class lower.
“He added that 1,183 others are graduating in the third class division, while 85 made Pass degree.”
The Professor of Botany, who disclosed that this year’s convocation would be his last as the 22nd vice-chancellor, added that 217 students from various faculties would also be receiving certificates in entrepreneurship, from the Entrepreneurship and Skills Development Centre of the institution.
On the convocation lecture, billed to hold on Monday, January 17, Ogundipe said Justice Amina Adamu Augie of the Supreme Court would chair the occasion.
Ogundipe noted that the congregation for the award of first degrees, diplomas, certificates and prizes to graduating students across all departments and faculties would span three days.
The vice-chancellor, who used the occasion to give account of his stewardship in the last four years, said between 2018 and now, a total of 267 research grants were attracted to the institution, while it won over N17b grant money.
He noted that the research activities are geared towards changing society and providing solutions to some of the problems being faced as a nation.
He said: “One of such instances is the development of the portable ventilator during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Research has become a major currency for academic staff and this was demonstrated with our submissions to different international organisations and Tertiary Education Trust Fund ( TETFund) national research fund. We believe that this steady growth in research activities is precipitated by the approaches we are adopting to encourage staff to showcase their talents.
“At the inception of this administration, we promised that the research landscape of the university will change significantly.
“Since then, we have put in place, measures aimed at helping our staff to improve their research prowess and skills. We organised trainings and workshops to build capacity and paved the way for cutting-edge multidisciplinary research,” Ogundipe said.