The Vice Chancellor of the Abia State University (ABSU), Prof. Uche Ikonne, has said that the incessant strikes has made it impossible for students to graduate at recorded time, adding that strikes make students to stay beyond the stipulated period for their graduation.
The VC advocated the use of “a more scientific approach” in dealing with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) demands than going on strikes in order to avoid disruption of academic activities.
Ikonne made this known on Monday in his office, while briefing men of the press on the activities lined up for the 26th convocation of the university which is slated to hold on Saturday.
According to the VC, the university had benefitted immensely from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) intervention in research and procurement of equipment.
He expressed so much joy that one of the fifty approved research topics from the over 200 applications to the National Research Fund, which attracted N30 million, came from ABSU. He said that with the intervention of TETFUND, the institution succeeded in procuring heavy equipment for the Engineering Department.
Ikonne said the university’s core mandate is to develop critical manpower for development and not employment.
He gave a statistics of the graduating students to include; 18 first class, 551 second class upper, 2532 second class lower, 365 third class, 7 passes, 52 Post Graduate and 115 Doctor of Philosophy.
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