As Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai graduates 6, 499 students, Niger State government says that it is working towards the establishment of ‘tertiary education fund’ in the state.

The visitor of the university, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello disclosed this at the 2nd combined convocation of Ibrahim Babadamasi Babangida University, Lapai, yesterday.

Governor Bello said that establishing the tertiary education fund was to improve the status of the tertiary education and appealed to Nigerlites to support it.

“The state government is working on the establishing a tertiary education fund to rescue and improve the status of tertiary education in the state. I urge all well-meaning Nigerlites to support us in this noble objective”, he said.

He said that he was familiar with the challenges of the university, assuring that the development of the university was on his priority list.

“We will continue to give you all the necessary you require. I want to further assure you that we shall not fail in our commitment to support the university to maintain and grow its faculties, attract and retain quality faculty, and provide a world-class educational experience for our students”, the governor added.

According to him, funding to the university has been increased twice in the last three years which has assisted the university to clear all her outstanding debt.

He promised the university and other tertiary institutions that work will soon start for the construction of additional male and female hostels.

The governor urged the university to create new avenues to generate revenue as well as called for the contribution of the fund to the university through the IBBU University Endowment Fund headed by former head of state, General Abdulsalami A. Abubakar.

He called on politicians to emulate the good virtue of the founding nationalists by paying attention to the education sector.

“Our administration in its recognition of the importance of education in the human and socio-economic development of the state introduced the transformation of education in Niger State to assess the sector, identify its challenges and develop the right model that will put our education where it belongs”, he said.

Out of the 6, 499 that graduated for sets from 2014-2017 according to the Vice Chancellor, Prof Muhammad Nasiru Maiturare disclosed 6, 348 graduated with various 1st degrees while 118 graduated with postgraduate degrees.

Prof Maiturare said that 29 graduates of 1st degrees had 1st class, 1, 281 graduated with 2 nd class upper division, 3, 290 graduated with 2nd class lower division, 1, 613 graduated with a 3rd class as 135 graduated with a pass.

He said that 82 graduands of postgraduates were postgraduate diploma, while those with master were 36.

The VC pronounced Sa’adat Usman of the Biochemistry Department as the best overall student with grade points of 4.86.

Also speaking, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the University, Dr Muhammed K Santuraki said that notwithstanding the success as well as the challenges posed by the current economic circumstances, the council and management of the university will continue to work in order that the institution keeps growing.

Dr Santuraki added that the reason behind the creation of the university has yielded the desired result.

He said that the enduring educational legacy that IBBU represent was a result of the vision of the pioneer Visitor of the university, late Engr Abdulkadir A. Kure.

The Chancellor of the University, Emir of Minna, Alh. (Dr) Umaru Faruk Bahago said that the doggedness and support of the governor towards education and other facets of socio-economy of the state were commendable.

Alh Bahago said that IBBU was not only serving Nigerlites, but the entire Nigerians.

He congratulated the graduands and added that the institution was still an on-going project that requires serious attention and funding of state government and stakeholders.

Sheik Ahmed Lemu and Dr Maikanti K Baru, the Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation were conferred with fellowship and honorary degrees of the university.