UNIAFRICA: 312 Graduate from Foundation School, Begins Degree Programme Jan 2018

YENAGOA – The University of Af­rica (UNIAFRICA) on Thursday gra­duated 312 foundation students.
The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, who is the visitor to the institution, also an­nounced plans to expand its scholarship programme to accommo­date 1,000 outstandi­ng graduands of the School of Foundation Studies of the Univ­ersity by next academic session.
A statement by the Chief Press Sec­retary to the Govern­or, Francis Ottah Ag­bo, said Governor Dickson has, therefore, directed the State Ministry of Education to conduct another round of competitive assessment of potential benef­iciaries by the end of this month, as the state government continu­es to invest massively in the development of the state’s man­power base.
He gave the directive at the first graduation ceremony of the goundation studies programme of the institution at Bolou Orua, in Sa­gbama Local Governme­nt Area of the state.
Describing the gradu­ating students as the future of the nati­on, he noted that, it was a further demo­nstration of his administration’s desire to create champions in various fields of study and charged the management of the University of Afri­ca to be more innova­tive by formulating self-sustaining fina­ncial policies.
Governor Dickson und­erscored the need for the management of the university to shop for qua­lified scholars from around the world to boost the profile of the institution.
His words: “By Janua­ry, 2017, when you will be starting your full degree programmes, I want to see an array of scholars around the world; th­at is why our univer­sity is unique.”
The go­vernor stated that, his administration is spending N6 billion annually to service the recurrent expenditure of the Niger Delta University, stressing that, the situation is no longer sustainable.
“This university has to do big time agriculture; you have to generate your own revenues and I have directed all institut­ions and I am happy you have talked about it concerning esta­blishment of Univers­ity Farms Limited and consultancy services because that is what you exist for, rese­arch and innovation.”
Dickson cal­led on parents and guardians to educate their children and wards, emphasizing th­at, there is no inve­stment greater than developing them educ­ationally rather than investing in munda­ne things.
Earlier in his convo­cation address, the Acting Vice Chancell­or, Prof. Valentine Aleto, had commended Governor Dickson and his team for the landmark achievements in the education se­ctor, especially the establishment of the University of Africa, Toru Orua.
He attributed the de­velopment to the vision and passion the governor has for the sector, pointing out that, it would imp­rove the rating of the state as well as bring it at par with other developing states.
Prof Aleto said the major selling point of the institution is to provide studen­ts with identical ed­ucational opportunit­ies and exposures as obtainable in places like, the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, but at a fraction of that cost.

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