President Muhammadu Buhari has urged all universities in the country to stamp out all forms of academic and financial corruption, social vices and sexual harassment which continue to tarnish the reputation of Nigeria’s citadels of learning.
The president said this in a message delivered at the 29th and 30th combined convocation ceremony of University of Jos which took place at the Jeremiah T. Useni Mini Stadium inside the Naraguta Campus of the university permanent site at the weekend.
The president said the government will deal decisively with any university council that fails to deal with reported cases of sexual harassment in their institutions.
In an address read by his representative, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Rasheed Abubakar, President Buhari said all the universities must also demonstrate commitment to the core values of honesty, integrity transparency and the rule of law in order to play any major role in Nigeria’s social, economic, political and cultural transformation.
Meanwhile, a total of 18,348 graduates were awarded degrees with the following classifications: 33 Distinction/First Class honours; 1,950 have Second Class honours (Upper Division); 5,738 have Second Class honours (Lower Division); 3,149 have Third Class degree, while 351 have pass.
Others are 734 with Pass Qualified (Medicine and Pharmacy), 399 Diploma, 103 Post Graduate Diploma, 2,906 Post Graduate Programme (M.A and M.Sc), 165 Ph.D and 2,820 backlog.