No fewer than 30 students of the Achievers University in Owo, Ondo State, would be graduating from the university with first class out of the 467 graduating students.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Samuel Aje, disclosed this while speaking with journalists at the 12th convocation ceremony of the university.
According to the vice chancellor, who gave the breakdown of the graduating students, “out of the 467 graduating students, 30 bagged first class, while 242 will be awarded second class upper, 152 got second class lower and 19 graduated with third class honours.”
He added, “On December 8, 2022, we shall be presenting 96 graduates of Medical Laboratory Science to Medical Laboratory Council of Nigeria for registration as medical laboratory scientists. This will be our ninth induction ceremony.
“We shall equally be presenting 114 graduate nurses to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria for induction as registered nurses and registered midwives.”
Aje also stated that the governing council of the institution had granted 50 per cent tuition scholarship for UTME and direct entry candidates in engineering programmes.
“A total number of 893 students have benefitted from this tuition free arrangement since inception in 2021. Our gratitude equally goes to the governing council for granting 50 per cent tuition scholarship for UTME and Direct Entry candidates in engineering programmes,” he disclosed.
The don also disclosed that the plan was on top gear towards establishing a College of Aviation, with an airstrip within the university following the accreditation of programmes by the National Universities Commission.
The move according to him, would position the institution as the only university in West Africa to embark on such a programme.
However, Prof. Aje frowned at the mass exodus of Nigerian youths to foreign countries under the ‘japa’ syndrome, saying the situation was disturbing and something must be done about it.
“Many of them leave Nigeria to go to uncertified and unrecognised institutions and they come back with certificates which cannot be authenticated. Some of them cannot even go for the National Youth Service Corps,” he added.