UNIVERSITY of Ilorin has produced 89 First Class graduates in its 2016/2017 academic session out of a total number of 9,018 graduating students.
Speaking with journalists to commence activities for the 33rd convocation ceremony of the university in Ilorin on Friday, the outgoing vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali, said that the nation’s education sector was presently going through a turbulent period as a result of the financial challenge.
Professor Ambali, who said that 1,932 were in Second Class Upper Division category, added that 3,727 had Second Class Lower Degree, while 1,309 bagged Third Class degree, 117 with Pass and two Aegrotat graduating students.
He also said that 70 MB; BS graduates apart from those from Veterinary Medicine and Nursing programmes made it a total number of 9,018 graduates.
The vice chancellor, who said that the university produced 120 PhD, 1,074 Master, 130 MBA/MPA and 161 Diploma graduates at the postgraduate level in the academic session, added that all the graduates would be awarded degrees and diploma on October 20 and 21, 2017.
Professor Ambali called for more funding of education in Nigeria by the government, corporate organisation, and individuals, saying that education was going through a turbulent period.
He said that the institution needed financial support to take it to greater height, promising that contribution to better growth and development of the university would be judiciously utilised.
The Unilorin VC also bemoaned attitude of some Nigerian parents, who he said accompanied their children and wards to external exam points, for instance, post UTME exam halls, with aim of influencing their grades, said that parents should inculcate virtues of dedication, hardwork, and honesty in their wards rather than cheating.