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[Cross River]–President Muhammadu Buhari has advised federal universities to be judicious in how they spend funds allocated to them.

Buhari gave this advice at the 30th convocation of the University of Calabar.

The President was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Onwuka, who said that the current administration placed premium on the funding of education as a way to improve teaching and learning.

However, he quickly added that in view of the present economic challenges, it is important for public universities to adopt prudent measures in spending the funds allocated to universities by the Federal Government.

“As we all know, Nigeria is facing some economic challenges presently; I wish to advise federal universities to make judicious use of the funds allocated to them from the federal government for the development of their campuses.”

He further praised the university: “The University of Calabar has fared very well in terms of infrastructural development and I must commend the university management for this’’.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Zana Akpagu, said that the institution graduated a total of 13,347 students in various fields of studies at the ceremony.

Akpagu explained that 1,437 students were awarded post-graduate certificates while 11,910 got first degrees in different classes.

He said that 22 students graduated with First Class degrees, adding that the University recorded a milestone in establishing the Faculty of Engineering which never existed since its establishment in 1978.

He assured that the university would continue to leave up to its expectations in delivering quality academic services to students.

Doctoral degrees “Honoris Causa” were awarded to Brig.-Gen. Anthony Ukpo (retd), Alhaji Ummarun Kwabo and Mr Daniel Chukwudozie for their contributions to the socio-economic development in the country.

THE PAGE had reported that the Vice Chancellor, University of Calabar, Prof.  Zana Akpagu has said that the university would graduate 22 first class and 13,325 other at the institution’s 30th convocation ceremony to hold on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

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