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A total number of 896 graduands will receive certificates at the ninth convocation ceremony of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin on Saturday

 The year’s graduation statistics show that 824 graduands will bag First degrees, 59 for postgraduate degrees, while 13 are to receive diploma certificates.  Of the 824 first degree graduands, 26 students are graduating in the First class, 237 in the Second class upper division, 396 in the Second class lower division and 165 with Pass degree.

 Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Taofeek Ibraheem disclosed that the students’ results were major improvement on the past five years, a situation which he said “attested to how the university had progressively improved and sustained good learning outcomes amongst our students”

 Speaking with journalists on the ninth convocation ceremony of the university in Ilorin on Tuesday, Professor Ibraheem said the university had in the year attained more visibility as more of its staff and students are making waves within and beyond the country.

 On state of the nation, the Vice-Chancellor of the first Islamic faith-based university in the country advocated for purposeful dedication of five per cent of Nigeria’s oil and gas income to agricultural development annually, saying that the move would “make us overcome youth unemployment in the shortest time and enable us to attain the trajectory of emerging as one of the topmost 10 economies in the world by 2030”.

 This, he said, would also “ensure proper and adequate foundation for our children to be well prepared for the much-needed developmental challenges in the future”

The Vice-Chancellor also advised education stakeholders to encourage the early introduction of science education among primary school children. He opined that the interest in science would have grown and sustained by the time they attain university age.

“We expect that 70 per cent admissions into our universities should be into Science, Technology and Engineering courses, yet, all that children are exposed to throughout their basic education for 6-9 years is ‘talks and stories’, without any exposure to basic science laboratories, tools and equipment,” He said.