By Abdallah el-Kurebe
The Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, will at its 31st convocation ceremony, to hold between December 20 and 21, 2019, graduate 4,000 students, out of which 153 will bag the first class honours degrees, for the 2018/2019 academic session.
Briefing Journalists on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape, Friday, the Chairman of the Ceremonials Committee and the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Development, Professor Phillip Oguntunde, said 4,000 students will be graduating.
“Mr. Lawal Saheed Adesile of the Department of Physiology, School of Health and Health Technology, will graduate as the overall best student, with the highest Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.92.”
Professor Oguntunde disclosed that two new schools, Health and Health Technology and Computing, would be presenting their first set of graduating students at the Convocation Ceremony.
Giving a breakdown of the class of degrees, he said 153 finished in the First Class Division; 1,514 with Second Class Upper; 1,212, Second Class Lower; 216 Third Class and 15 in the Pass Division.
According to him, 122 would be awarded Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), 720 with Masters Degrees and 517 with Post Graduate Diplomas.
Professor Oguntunde added that Mr. Ananou Gubin Kovevi, will be conferred with FUTAS’ Prestigious honorary degree of Doctor of Science in Meteorology and Climate Science (Honoris Causa).
He is the Project Director for the African Climate Competence Centre in the Management Agency of the Department of Environment, Culture and Sustainability, Federal Republic of Germany, which supports the West African Research Service Centre for Climate Change and Adapted Land Use, WASCAL domiciled in FUTA.
He has contributed immensely to the sustenance of the programme in Nigeria West and Southern African sub regions.
He said a number of projects, which include, School of Management block of offices, School of Computing complex, Equipment And Furniture for Computer Based Test Centre at the Centre for Continuing Education, Laboratory furniture for the School of Sciences, Laboratory furniture for the School of Health and Health Technology and Reconstructed areas in the Academic core areas and other parts of the University, would be commissioned in the course of the ceremony.
The week long ceremony, which begins on Friday 13th, will climax with the Award of Degrees, Post graduate diplomas, Masters Degrees, Doctorate Degrees and Conferment of honorary degree at the University Main Auditorium to be presided over by the Chancellor of the University, Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu , the Emir of Bauchi.