ABUAD rusticates 23 for indiscipline as VC tackles Senate on 3 years JAMB results validity

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By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti.
The Vice Chancellor of the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Prof. Michael Ajisafe has picked holes in the passage of a bill by the Senate extending the validity of results acquired in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to a period of three years.
‪The Vice Chancellor also disclosed that no fewer than 23 students of the university have been rusticated in the last one session over involvement in vandalism, adding that the university has begun subjecting students’ to drug tests as a prerequisite for admission.
‪The VC said in this year’s convocation  ceremony,the university will confer honourary degrees on Prof. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, President,Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, USA, a business mogul, Dr. Cosmas Maduka,and Chief Raymond Zard, a Lebanese business tycoon.
‪Ajisafe spoke in the university on Friday during a press  conference heralding the 2016 convocation ceremony,where 912 students will bag honourary degrees in various courses.
‪Ajisafe disclosed that 61 students of the university earned first
honour while 399  graduated with second class upper degree.
‪The academic urged the federal government to work on the exchangerate, where a dollar now exchanges for N450, lamenting  that the situation is affecting the importation of equipment from abroad.
‪The VC averred that  the passage  of the bill by the Senate would make admission to be more problematic in the Nigerian universities, saying “the senate would have taken cognizance of the fact that each university has an admission quota every year.
“And a situation whereby a university that can’t even cope with a year quota is now being dragged into admitting students who had qualified for the past three years will make admission policy more cumbersome. So to us in this  university,we believe problem will come from there”, he said.
‪The VC said the university has maintained high level of dignity in terms of  award of degrees, saying their graduates have been justifying  high grades in other academic climes to confirm that the university has been adhering stringently to standardization.
“Two of our students came out with first class in the Law school in the just concluded examination,so if you are talking of certificate
racketeering in private schools, ABUAD is not a partaker.
“So, when you compare the number of students  that graduate from here to the kind of efforts we put in,then you will conclude that the number of first class we are making are very inadequate”.
‪He said through the concerted efforts of the university’s founder,Chief Afe Babalola(SAN) that the institution has been able to get accreditation for all courses,including Engineering and Medicine,which commenced operations a couple of years ago.

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