Jos — The University of Jos (UNIJOS) in Plateau State, yesterday, held a combined convocation as climax of the event of the 40th anniversary of the institution.
The convocation, which was a security special event because of the prominent figures it attracted, saw the conferment of honourary doctorate degrees on four Nigerians, who have made outstanding contribution to nation building, and particularly added value to the institution.
Those honoured at the occasion graced by former military Head of State General Yakubu Gowon who established the university in 1975 include General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) a former minister of Defence, who was conferred with an Honourary Doctor of Science.
Professor Toyin Falola, a renowned historian and professor of African Studies was honoured with a Doctor of Letters; as well as Oba David Folagbade Olateru Olgbebi III, the Olowo of Owo Owo Kingdom in Ondo State.
The paramount ruler was at the start of the convocation, sworn in by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Hayward Babale Mafuyai, with the approval of the Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Don Etiebet as the new Chancellor of the institution.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Hayward Babale Mafuyai said in his welcoming speech that over 150,000 students have graduated from the university in 40 years, with yesterday alone seen 16,543, out of which 145 bagged PhDs.
"Out of a total 16,543 graduating students, 164 are being awarded Doctorate Degrees, 937 Masters Degrees and 197 Postgraduate Diplomas. Similarly, 13030 are graduating with first Degrees and 2091 are being awarded Diplomas while 48 will receive Certificate.
"Among those graduating with a first degree, 29 have obtained Distinctions (First Class Degrees) while 1548 are in the Second Class Upper Degree bracket, 7860 in Second Class Lower Division, 2750 in Third Class and 520 in Pass Division," Mafuyai said.
General Gowon said at the event that the vision for the establishment of the university by the then administration which he headed has been achieved, 40 years on, as he said "today, UNIJOS is one of the most excellent universities in Nigeria."