By Gid Ahanonu
The Federal University of Technology (FUTO) last weekend, held its 30th convocation during which 2,325 students were awarded first degrees while 438 got their post-graduate and diploma degrees.
At a pre-convocation press briefing, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Francis Eze, enumarated various achievements of the university which he said included coming first in the open education resources ranking of Nigerian universities by the Nigerian universities commission (NUC).
This, he said, acoorded the university full accreditation for her 43 programmes.
He said that the institution was proposing a new school of computing, information technology (IT) software engineering, telecommunications science and electronics while also concluding arrangement for the creation of a Department of Forensic science and cyber security.
The management would also complete ongoing projects and commence new ones all geared towards e-learning, research and laboratory equipping to enhance effective training and learning.
Others are the revolutionizing of agriculture in the university which will involve processing and packaging of products when fully realized.
He lamented the destruction of their newly constructed perimeter fence measuring about 1.5km in Umuamuru- Obinze axis by some disgruntled and Misinformed elements from Umuonunu Obinze, and assured that the projects would be conryleted as funds become avoidable, the VC said that the university will engage the neighbouring communities in meaningful dialogue for peaceful resolution of the contentious land issues.
Highlight of the ceremony was the conferment of honorary doctorate degrees on four distinguished Nigerians. They are Rt. Hon Aminu waziri Tambuwal, Executive governor of Sokoto state, His Excellency Nsima Udo Ekere, MD NDDC, Sir Tony Ezenna- Chairman orange Drugs LTD, and Engr. Andrew Ogaga Ejeyeriese.
The week-long programme featured a lecture by Prof. Chidi Uwazurike as well as tree-plating at selected sites in FUTO.
By Gid Ahanonu