Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Federal University of Technology, Minna branch were absent as the university began its convocation activities on Friday.
Reports revealed that members of ASUU were absent at the pre-convocation press conference addressed by the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Abdullahi Bala. The union members were also not part of the Jummat service which was held as part of the convocation ceremony.
The institution’s convocation committee also cancelled the Science and Technology exhibition which used to be part of the ceremony.
“As a departure from previous years, we are not going to organize a Science and Technology exhibition this year. This is because the students and their supervisors, whose projects usually form the bulwark of the exhibition, are not on ground on account of the ongoing ASUU strike,” the VC told pressmen on Friday.
However, the VC said 4,443 students would graduate from the university next Friday, adding that out of the number, 72 of them bagged first class, 941 came out with second class upper division, while 1,905 students would graduate with second class lower division.
He also added by saying that 707 students would graduate with third class degree, while 46 will graduate with ordinary pass.
According to Bala, the convocation lecture would be delivered by Dr. Nteranya Sangina, the Director General of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan. The theme of the lecture is titled “Transformation of African Agriculture, the Journey so far.”