Solomon Attah, Lafia –
The federal University, Lafia has conferred Doctorate Degree Honoris Causa to five Nigerian citizens who have distinguished themselves and contributed to the educational development in the country.
The honourarees are the former Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Almakura, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, Ambassador Ahmad Ghazali Alhaji Abdus-Samad Ishaka Rabiu and late Emir of Lafia, Isa Mustapha Agwai-I.
Conferring the award to the recipients at the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th combined convocation of the university, the vice Chancellor, Muhammad Sanusi Liman said, the award to the honourarees was remarkable, hence the well deserved honour.
He noted that the contribution of the awardees eased the smooth take off of the University when it was established in 2011.
Liman who expressed delight with the level expansion in the university, said they have graduated four sets from 2015/2016 to 2018/2019 totaling 1447 students in whole.
He said, out of the 1447 graduads 29 had first class, 379 second upper, 696 second class lower, 310 graduated with third class while 33 had pass.
The vice Chancellor however appealed to the federal government to establish teaching hospital to further aid to accreditation of school of medicine in the university.
According to Liman, the university has begun medical course, with preclinical studies require for university teaching hospital, as this would bring succour in health care delivery to the people of the state.
He further appealed to spirited individual, corporate organization s and government to assist the university in it efforts to to construct and furnish school of postgraduate studies complex
Speaking on behalf of the honourarees, Senator Umaru Tanko Almakura thanked the management of the university for the honour done them and pledged not to relent in their commitment to add value to the educational advancement of the country.
He said, the recognition on them was to spur them to do more and as such,
He said, a society without qualitative and sound education is a disaster to the society, and called on well meaning individual to contribute their qourter
He said they are humble by the award and would continue in that direction to bequeath to the next generation an unforgettable legacies.