58 students of Salem University Lokoja, Kogi state have graduated with first class degrees in various courses offered by the institution.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Alewo Johnson Akubo who disclosed during the 5th combined convocation ceremony held on Thurday at the premises of the institution, said that out of 960 graduands, 58 graduated with first class honours while 149 Post Graduate students also graduated from the university.
Prof. Akubo who charged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the university , stated that as they go into the wider world and labour market, definitely they would face theatre of challenges, assuring that with God almighty the challenges would be surmountable.
“You can either pray nor wish troubling times away. They come to us all, both small and great, hence the need for you graduating students today to remain good ambassadors of Salem university.
“The University since my assumption of office as the 4th Vice Chancellor, have worked assiduously to ensure full accreditation of all the programmes offered in the institution by the National Universities Commission (NUC)
“Salem University under my watch had its fair of challenges, particularly in the areas of students enrollment and funding. We have, inspite of all odds, continued to consolidate on the gains made by my predecessors” the VC stated
In his speech, Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, promised to partnership with Salem University in the provision of qualitative education to Nigerians.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Wemi Jones, commended the Proprietor of Salem University, Dr Sam Amaga for the giant strides recorded in the institution in areas of academic excellence and infrastructural development.
“My administration since its inception has prioritize education. As a result, we allocated 30% of the state budget for the funding of education. We will not hesitate to provide adequate security to enable the University operate without security challenges” he said.