Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu- Alike, Ebonyi state, on Thursday, 23rd May, 2024, held its 7th and 8th combined convocation ceremony, with 52 students graduating with first class degrees in different disciplines.

The event which was held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Convocation Arena witnessed a mammoth crowd that included government officials, politicians, industrialists, academics, parents, guardians and friends of graduands as well as friends and partners of the university.

Some of the graduands on academic procession during the convocation ceremony

While addressing the convocation, the visitor to the university, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu who was represented by the Vice-Chancellor, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Professor, Charles Igwe congratulated the University for the auspicious event and said that in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda, his administration is ready to propel Nigeria to a greater nation through the expansion of access to quality University education.

He emphasized his government’s commitment towards funding University Education by providing more specific interventions such as; Needs assessment and TETFUND interventions, and other investments in Tertiary Education such as the recently launched students’ loans scheme which is meant to provide opportunities to all Nigerians, especially those from poor homes to access education at the highest level.

Rep. of the Visitor, Prof. Charles Igwe presenting the Visitor’s address at the convocation


He promised the federal government’s support to all research efforts geared towards making the country economically viable and sustainable, which prompted the new lease of life given to the universities by exempting them from the Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS) in recognition of the peculiarities in the University system.

While congratulating the gradaunds, the visitor reminded them of how privileged they were to gain a university degree and charged them to seize the opportunity afforded by their graduation, to lunch themselves into the world as one of the critical pivots of the nation’s development and future leaders in Nigeria’s political economy.

In his address, the University’s Chancellor, His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Michael Aremu Adedotun  Gbadebo commended the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Sunday Elom, for leading the university through rapid development, stating that under his administration, the University has developed a reputation as a rapidly emerging top education brand in Africa due to its high academic standard as epitomized by its robust teaching and learning activities.

He further stated that the deliberate expansion of academic activities initiated by the Vice Chancellor, which led to the mounting of new academic programs namely; Nursing Science, Medical Laboratory Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Administration and Technical Education has made the university the most sought-after public university in Southeast of Nigeria.     

Chancellor, Oba (Dr.) Micheal Aremu Adedotun Gbadebo speaking during the event


Speaking further, the Chancellor congratulated the graduands for their outstanding commitment to the ideals and culture of the University which made them deserving of their academic success.

In his speech, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Elom, commended the Visitor for his determination to reposition the Nigerian University system which is visible in his Renewed Hope Agenda.

He opined that the enunciation of such policies and programmes like the Nigerian Education Loan Fund, Safe School and many others were eloquent testaments of his administration’s resolve towards arresting some of the intractable challenges hampering the growth and development of public universities in Nigeria.

VC, Professor Sunday Elom presenting his address during the convocation ceremony


He stressed that at the  7th and 8th combined convocation ceremony, at the undergraduate   degree level, the university turned-out 3,474 graduands, adding that 1, 357 of them belong to the 2020/2021 set while 2, 117 is of the 2021/2022 academic year.

The Vice-Chancellor further  noted that the 3, 474 graduands were awarded Bachelor’s degrees in 10 Faculties, highlighting that out of the 3, 474 graduands, 52 graduated with First Class, 911 with Second Class (Upper Division), 2, 088 with Second Class (Lower Division), 407 with Third Class and 1 with pass.

Secretary, School of postgraduate studies leading the academic procession for Ph.D. M.Sc. and PGD graduates at the event

However, at the postgraduate level, the Vice-Chancellor stated that 95 graduates were turned-out, made up of  9    Ph.Ds, 62 Masters and 24 Postgraduate Diplomas, adding that it was the first time the university presented Ph.D. and Masters’ Degree students for convocation.

He equally applauded the Governor of Ebonyi state, Rt. Hon. Francis Nwifuru, for his      people -orientated policies, especially his plan to revitalize education in the state and for being a dependable host.

While congratulating the two honorary doctorate degree awardees – Chief Martin Elechi and Chief Innocent Chukwuma, the Vice-Chancellor noted that the duo were carefully selected for their laudable track records in the public and private sectors of our political economy.

The Vice-Chancellor also congratulated the postgraduate and undergraduate graduands, and urged them to be diligent in their life endeavors and to uphold the values inculcated in them during their sojourn in AE-FUNAI, reminding them that their graduation was a beginning of another important phase of their lives.

In his goodwill message, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Rt. Hon. Francis Nwifuru, who was represented by the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Professor Amari Omaka, commended the Vice- Chancellor for the developmental strides recorded in the university since his assumption of office, especially in physical infrastructure and research output which have made the institution to stand out from other Tertiary institutions.

The highlight of the occasion was the award of the Vice-Chancellor’s prize to the two overall best graduating students for the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 academic sessions in the persons of Ugwu Paulinus Uche and Echara Wilson Sunday of the departments of Electrical/Electronic Engineering and Mathematics/Statistics respectively.

Echara Wilson Sunday presenting the valedictory speech at the event


The ceremony also witnessed the conferment of honorary doctorate degrees of Development Economics on His Excellency Chief Nwancho Martin Elechi, former governor of Ebonyi state and Doctor of Engineering and Technology on Chief Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma, Founder/CEO of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM)

Chancellor of the University, Oba (Dr.) Michael Aremu Adedotun Gbadebo (1st R), handing over the honourary doctorate degree gown to Chief. Elechi Nnanna Elechi (2nd L) who represented his father, Chief Martin Elechi at the event while the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Professor Amari Omaka (2nd R), who represented the Ebonyi State governor watches