FUTA graduates 160 first class students

One hundred and sixty students from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) will receive First Class diplomas during the institution’s 32nd convocation, which will take place on November 26 and 27.

Prof. Joseph Fuwape, Vice-Chancellor of FUTA, announced this at a news conference on Friday in Akure, ahead of the university’s next convocation and 40th anniversary.

According to Fuwape, who was represented by the institution’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Phillip Oguntunde, 3,205 of the institution’s 5,114 graduates are undergraduates, while 1,909 are post-graduates.

He said that 1,334 students have Second Class Honours (Upper Division), 1,483 students have Second Class Honours (Lower Division) while 222 and six students are graduating with Third Class and Pass, respectively.

The vice-chancellor noted that Miss Taiwo Oluyale of the Department of Building is the best graduating student with a CGPA of 4.89.

According to him, the institution which started in 1981 with 149 students and three schools now has 25,000 students, nine schools, a school of postgraduate studies, and 55 departments.

Fuwape noted that FUTA had fully commenced its medical programme with the commencement of lecture by the pioneering students of the College of Health Sciences on Oct. 24.

He explained that the institution had duly justified the reasons for its establishment, saying that it had contributed to human capital development in the country and beyond.

The vice-chancellor stated that the institution would bestow honorary doctorates on three Nigerians on Saturday for their outstanding contributions to the society.

“I am pleased to inform you that the university will confer honorary doctorate degree on Chief Adebimpe Aladejana-Ogunleye of the Obajimo Osupa Dynasty of Akure Kingdom. He is to be honoured with a Doctor of Science degree.

“Dr. Haroun Adamu to be honoured with Doctor of Management Science and Dr Ephraim Fagba Faloughi will be honoured with Doctor of  Management Science,” he said.

Fuwape said that three eminent three scholars would be honoured with the position of Professor Emeritus in recognition of their contributions to the academia.

“For the first time in the history of the university, three eminent scholars will be recognised as professors emeritus.

“They are Prof. Ekundayo Adeyemi, former Acting Vice-Chancellor of FUTA; Prof. Olugboyega Ademosun, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Prof. Oluwole Falaki, Pioneer Prof. of Computer Science in the university,” he stated.

Fuwape said that the convocation and the 40th-anniversary lecture entitled “Innovation, Technology and Prospects of Prosperity for Posterity in Nigeria” will be delivered by Prof. Pat Utomi of the Lagos Business School.

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