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Benue varsity graduates 22 first class in 5 years–VC



Prof. Iorwuese Gernah, Vice-Chancellor, University of Mkar in Gboko Local Government of Area of Benue said the institution had graduated 22 first class graduates in five years.

Gernah disclosed this on Thursday in Mkar during a news conference to mark the varsity’s 4th combined Convocation Ceremony for grandaunts of 2014/15 to 2018/19 academic sessions coming up on Saturday.

He explained that the institution had graduated 1,235 students out of which 1,177 were first degrees while 58 were post graduates.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Nongo U Kristu U I Seer U Sha Tar (NKST) Church established the varsity in 2005.

NKST Nongu u Kristu u i Seer u sha Tar, NKST (or Universal Reformed Church of Christ, URCC) is a Bible strict church with a huge following, especially in Benue. It has “Ter Ngu Van”  with ”The Lord is Coming” as motto.

According to the vice-chancellor, 1,177 graduates and 58 post graduates will be awarded first and Masters degrees respectively, adding that out of the figure, 22 were first class, 309 second class upper, 598 second class lower, 246 third class and 8 pass degrees.

He also disclosed that during the event, the varsity would also install its Chancellor, Sen. Barnabas Gemade and confer honorary degrees on Brig,- Gen. Atom Kpera,(rtd),  Dr Dirk Steen and Mrs Adedolapo Vaatia.

NAN reports that Gen. Kpera was one-time Military Sole Administrator of Ananbra and Benue.

He said the varsity currently offered 18 programmes out of which 16 had full National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation while accreditation of the two others had reached different stages of completion.

Gernah said the varsity would also inaugurate its Radio Station; 101.5 FM and security post donated by the university alumni.

He, however, expressed concern that despite its achievements, the varsity had serious financial challenges adding that the current indebtedness of the university stood at N600 million made up of salaries and sundry items.

The vice-chancellor, however, advocated Federal government’s support for private higher institutions of learning by extending its Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) to improve their infrastructure development and academic output.

He noted that TETFUND was established when there were no private universities in Nigeria, adding that the law establishing it did not envisage a future with private universities.

Gernah said this had become imperative because the establishment of private universities in the country had opened up academic landscape and provided access to many candidates seeking admission.

He said that such candidates would have been denied the opportunity of higher education, were it not for the establishment of private universities in the country.

German said the present day reality in the university education called for such law to be amended and made in favour of all universities.


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