Though the City of Maiduguri in Borno State is known for ugly security issues like incessant bombings, kidnappings etc, the University situated there, the University of Maiduguri popularly called UNIMAID has continued to withstand the storm, producing 17,895 graduates with 78 of them bagging First Class honours while 3 individuals were appointment Emeritus Professors at the just concluded 23rd combined convocation ceremony.
At the Institution’s convocation ceremony, The Vice-Chancellor, Mr Ibrahim Njodi said that 17,895 graduates would be conferred with various degrees and certificates, with 78 receiving first class honours; 3,527 students graduated in the post-graduate school programmes out of which 56 bagged PhD degree, 570 graduates got Master degrees while 2,901 others received post-graduate Diplomas.
“A total of 8,643 were for undergraduate degrees, out of which 7,278 studied under regular programmes, 573 from affiliated colleges and 714 on distance learning programmes,’’ he said.
About 5,725 students were conferred with diploma certificates while 1,597 received Diploma certificates through the university’s consultancy services and 4,128 got Diplomas from affiliated colleges.
According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Governing Council of the university also approved the appointment of three Emeritus Professors, they include: Emeritus Professor Abdulhamid Abubakar, Emeritus Professor John Akinyili and Emeritus Professor Joseph Alumona.
Speaking about the newly appointed professors, Njodi said the trios had rendered over 40 years of unbroken service to the university and their appointment was in recognition of their intellectual excellence, exemplary characters and dedication to service to the humanity and the university.
Also speaking, Biodun Adesanya, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Board of the University, appealed to the Federal Government to give special consideration to the university because of the adverse environment in which it is operating.
Adesanya said the university also requires the support of corporate bodies and philanthropic individuals to enable it to overcome the challenges posed by lack of funding.