The Vice—Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun speaking at the just concluded 18th and 19th Combined Convocation Ceremonies.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has explained the reason behind combining the 18th and 19th Convocation Ceremonies of the University, as was held penultimate Saturday.
Besides, he also gave reason why new projects that have been completed, were not commissioned during the Convocation ceremonies.
Professor Balogun, in his Convocation Address explained that “most Nigerian Universities, including UNAAB could not conduct the 2008/2009 Convocation, in most Federal Universities, owing largely to industrial dispute by all Unions of Universities and the attendant disruptions to a smooth Academic Calendar. It is for this reason that we are today witnessing a Combined Convocation of the 2008/2009 and the regular 2009/2010 Academic Sessions”.
On his part, Professor Balogun said his administration, in the last four years has ensured peace and tranquillity on Campus, through prompt response to the critical requirements of the University, particularly on issues concerning the welfare of staff and students.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, while answering questions at the Convocation Press Briefing, explained the rationale behind the non-commissioning of projects during the last Convocation. The Vice-Chancellor said, “We will not want the Convocation ceremony to overshadow the event of commissioning, so there is need for a separate day for the commissioning of these laudable projects”.
Professor Balogun assured that arrangement would be made to draw a befitting programme for the commissioning of the various projects soon, but however appealed to the Federal Government to release the balance of the 2010 Capital grant to Universities, in order to forestall incidences of abandoned projects.