Achiever’s University: 22 students bag First Class



No fewer than 22 students of the Achiever’s University, Owo in Ondo State have bagged First Class degrees in its 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 academic sessions.

Prof. Tunji Ibiyemi, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, made the disclosure on Monday in Owo during a news conference to herald the 8th and 9th combined convocation of the university.

Ibiyemi said that the combined sets had 400 graduating students.

He said that 217 students were in Second Class Honours (Upper Division), while 130 students had Second Class Honours (Lower Division) and the remaining 31 students were in the Third Class Honours Division.

He added that the National University Commission (NUC) had granted the university approval to commence postgraduate programmes in M.Sc. Accounting, M.Sc/MBA Business Administration and M Sc. Computer Science.

“At this convocation, the first set of postgraduates, totalling 48, will be presented for the award of Masters of Science in these three programmes,” he said.

The vice-chancellor noted that four illustrious Nigerians would be given honorary degree awards during the convocation ceremony on Saturday.

Ibiyemi said that the university had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two foreign universities in the U.S and Kenya for knowledge and faculty exchanges.

He said that the university’s vision was to become best in Africa, hence the need to partner with successful universities in the world that could lift it up in achieving its goals.

“We considered these universities for this collaboration for they have been doing well in some key areas that we are targeting and they can quickly pull us up very quickly,” he said.

The vice-chancellor said that the MoU would impact on development for the university and enhance the quality of education offered to its students.

“Within the ambit of this collaboration, our students have been offered a home status at these universities, including 50 per cent fee rebate for any graduate of Achievers University who wants to do their postgraduate programmes.

“We have students that have gone there and our lecturers will be linked with theirs.

“This collaboration presents opportunities for joint research in areas of interest to both institutions, faculty exchanges students and much more,’’ he said.

He explained that the university had embarked on massive infrastructure development, adding that an ultra-modern 810 bed-space hostel accommodation had been completed.

Dr Bode Ayorinde, the Pro-Chancellor of the university said that the university had enough capacity but that the institution was under-subscribed.

“We have capacities that can cater for 10,000 students but we have an average of 2,000 students which means we are under-subscribed,” he said.

Ayorinde said that a 12-point agenda was being targeted to celebrate the university’s 15th anniversary in 2023.


(Edited by Edwin Nwachukwu/Peter Ejiofor)


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COVID-19: Students beg FG to reopen schools



A cross-section of students in Kwara have appealed to the Federal Government to reopen schools despite the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The students, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews in Ilorin on Sunday, expressed their frustration for sitting home over a long period.

NAN reports that the federal government had in March announced the closure of schools, churches, mosques and events centres as well as banning social gathering as part of measures to curtail the spreading pandemic.

Victor Odediran, a student of the Kwara State College of Education, Oro said students were tired of staying at home.

“We are tired of staying at home.

“Government should kindly help us open the schools as done for markets, banks and other offices.

“They should open schools for us for God sake,’’ he said.

Another student, Kazeem Kareem of Federal University (FUOYE), Oye-Ekiti also appealed to the government to reopen schools and ensure strict laws are put in place to enforce adherence to COVID -19 protocol.

“The government should collaborate with school management to ensure hash punishment for any students who violate the preventive measures put in place against the virus,’’ Kareem said.

Pelumi Oyedeji, a student of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin said that there was no big deal for schools to be reopened since markets and banks were now operating.

“Even if lecture hours would reduce, the federal government should help us do something about our resumption on time,’’ he said.

On her part, Taofikat Usman of Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete told NAN that she was tired of staying idle at home.

“Home is too boring for me.

“Let us resume and start something important.

“The school cannot remain closed forever; please open it for us,’’ she said.

A secondary school student, Musilimat Bello said the online programme put in place when schools were closed, was not perfect.

Bello said she skipped lectures several times due to unstable power supply.

“Please let us go back to school and receive lectures.

“The online lecturing is not the best at this moment, it is not ideal for most of us.

Apart from erratic power supply, she also sited poor internet network as a hindrance to online lecturing.

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