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VC MAUTECH Tasks FG On Revitalizing Education In NE

By Tom Garba, Yola
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The Vice Chancellor of the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola Professor Kyari Mohammed has appealed to the Federal Government and donor agencies to give consideration to the revitalization of education in the North East region in their envisaged reconstruction of the war ravaged region.

Professor Kyari who made the appeal at a pre-convocation press briefing, ahead of the institutions 18th, 19th and 20th combined convocation ceremony, slated for this Saturday, stated that education still remained the best counter insurgency strategy, which he said would assist the region to overcome ignorance and fear with enlightenment.

" In the envisaged reconstruction of the war ravaged North East, we appeal to the Federal Government and donor agencies to please make provisions for the revitalization of education, including that of Universities. For education is the best counter insurgency strategy. The safe school Initiative should include Universities including ours. Please, assist us to fight ignorance and fear with enlightenment, " Kyari said.

The Vice Chancellor who has also clocked a year in office however, observed that rather than witnessing sharp drops in enrollment due to the insurgency, which has plagued the region, the institution was actually getting "more than our fair share of students enrollment". He added, that the no of students seeking admission into the institution had witnessed a steady rise during this period.

Thus, "this year we have three combined graduations rolled into one; 2010/ 2011, 2011/ 2012 and 2012/13 academic. Session. We are graduating a total of 12, 600 students who have successfully completed their approved course of studies and have been found worthy of character and learning to be awarded Certificates, Diplomas, Bachelors, Masters and Doctorates degrees of this University," Kyari said.

Furthermore, of these numbers, he said 8401 got First degrees made up of 29 first class, 1,491 upper second, 4,251 lower second, 2,449 third class and 181 pass degrees. While the institution also awarded 3,415 diplomas and 777 higher degrees including 187 postgraduate diplomas, 525 Masters degrees and 65 Ph.Ds.

The Vice Chancellor also lauded the FG for the Presidential Needs Assessment Funds, which made it possible for several of the modest achievements recorded by the institution, while he urged the government to release the second tranche of the funds to enable the institution complete her infrastructural development, including the Campus water Scheme.

Kyari explained some of these completed projects to be unveiled as part of the convocation ceremony are the Academic Publishing Centre, an E-library, A central Laboratory set up to share resources among different departments and Two additional Deaneries, one for the school of Management and Information Technology and the other for the school of Pure, by a representative of the President, the Adamawa state Governor Jibrilla Bindow and HRH Lamido of Adamawa Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa.