By Osahon Osahon
Five of the fifty pioneer students of the Edo University, Iyamho, has bagged first class degrees as the institution established under the administration former Governor Adams Oshiomhole holds its first convocation ceremony on Saturday.
The institution’s Vice Chancellor, Engr. (Prof.) Emmanuel Aluyor, stated this on Wednesday during a press briefing held as part of the activities marking the convocation ceremony.
However, the visitor to the university, Governor Godwin Obaseki, during the convocation will install Mr. Aderemi Makanjuola, as the institution’s first Chancellor.
Aluyor said the institution will award N5million prize to the graduating students with the best entrepreneurial business ideas, which he said the University had set as a goal for its students, to empower them to be employers of labour.
According to him, five of the students will be graduating with First Class Honours, while 26 will bag Second Class (Upper Division), 16 in the Second Class Honours (lower division), while three students will earn third class Honours (pass) during the ceremony.
According to him, the output from the University will contribute significantly through the knowledge and skills acquired to the development of Edo state in particular and Nigeria in general.
Also, the Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele would deliver the first convocation lecture with the theme “The Role of Monetary Policy: Towards Economic Growth in Nigeria.”
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On students population, the VC said on inception in 2015/2016 academic session, the NUC approved the quota of 500 students for admission into the university with 76 students and today, the quota has been increased to 1,800 with 1,378 students currently on admission in the university.
He also disclosed that the University increased from two faculties to six faculties with 22 departments.
The VC commended the management and staff of the university for the achievements and hard work, saying that the high quality of staff is what is reflected in the milestones the university has achieved in its short period of existence.