BELLSTECH VC Reiterates Need For Govt Aid To Private Universities

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….As Varsity Graduates 68 First Class At Eleventh Convocation

Saidat Alausa

The Vice-Chancellor, Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State, Prof. Jeremiah Ojediran has reiterated the need for government to support private universities in the country.

He disclosed this while addressing journalists in the institution to announce the university’s 11th convocation ceremony, recently.

According to him, reiterating the issue does not in any way indicate desperation and overflogging the issue “because it has been said and shouted on the rooftops and at different fora, that operators of private universities, especially in Nigeria should be seen as partners in progress with the government in ensuring that the Nigeria project succeeds, especially in the provision of the desired high level manpower needed for the advancement of Nigeria.

“Also, it is a given, proven times over, that we produce graduates who have proven their worth against the best, the world over and I believe that it is about time that some dues are paid to this segment of positive contributors in the society and partners in progress with the government.”

He added that the modalities for this could easily be worked out with the relative overseeing bodies. “It is worthy of note that despite the clamor that private universities are business, the yardstick for measuring standards and compliance are stringent, if not more than the federal universities.”

Stating that the university is out to change the narrative, the VC said the institution is tagged as trail blazers especially at the undergraduate levels over the years and that is why the government need to support it and many others like it in the country which is out to produce the necessary manpower for the nation’s economic development.

On the achievements of the university, Ojediran stated that the success of an institution is measured, partly by the level of subscription to the programmes;“this means that we go to great length to make existing programmes attractive, while at the same time, work towards mounting new ones.

“The other part of the divide is to ensure that all necessary inputs are in place to ensure the continuance of days like the convocation when we gather to celebrate our success, at the graduation of our products.

“Bells University is determined more than ever before to make its presence felt in its immediate sphere of influence and meet the yearning of the mass of workers in this industrial region to further their education and upgrade their skills,” he explained.

He also said the university is already affiliated to the league of universities forming the examination body called Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board, JUBEB, to run a one year intensive foundation programme in a selected number of subjects which qualifies the products to be admitted to any university at the 200 Level in their respective programmes.

“Secondly, the university pioneered a new narrative in implementing a conversion programme in order to avail HND holders who have been affected by the BSc/HND dichotomy to upgrade their certificates to BSc. degree status.

“So far, the subscription to this programme had been encouraging and I am glad to announce that the very first set of these will be graduating during this convocation.”

Listing the activities for the eleventh convocation, the VC said the week long programme commenced from Monday, 28th October, 2019 with Health work, and induction ceremony for Engineering graduates by the Nigerian Society of Engineers while the Science/ Technology fair holds on Wednesday, 30th October, 2019.

The convocation lecture titled: “Globalization: Challenges And Impact On The Sustainable Development of Africa” to be delivered by Prof. Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba , Former Secretary of the Constitution Review Commission & Former Director of Kenya Anti- Corruption Commission will hold on Thursday, 31st of October.

The convocation for direct entry students and presentation of prizes comes up on Friday, 1st of November, 2019 while the conferment of Honorary Degrees, Award of Higher Degrees& Diplomas, Admission to First Degrees and presentation of prizes comes up on Saturday, 2nd of November at the university.

Commending Kano State Government for their partnership with the university being the biggest singular parent with the largest number of children at the convocation, Prof. Ojediran said the mutual beneficial relationship they both enjoyed in producing new graduates is a joint work towards building a greater Nigeria.

“Almost 300 students of Kano State origin have passed through the rigorous academic structure of Bells University of Technology in the past six years, under the commendable scholarship programme of the Kano State Government.

“It is with mixed feelings that I inform this gathering that the last batch of these wonderful students are graduating this year. I must state that these young ones have been worthy ambassadors of not only Bells Tech, but also both Kano state and Nigeria. They are not treated differently from others and we are glad to note that several of them, over the years come out as best in their respective classes,” he disclosed.

A total of 933 students across various departments will graduate at the event with 68 students graduating with First Class honours at the ceremony.

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