The Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State is worried about the low percentage of female enrollment in higher education, especially in Northern Nigeria, thereby urging the public to encourage the enrollment of female students.
Speaking at the 3rd, 4th and 5th Combined Convocation of the Federal University, Kashere, where 50 graduates bagged First Class Degrees, the Vice Chancellor of Professor Alhassan Mohammed Gani, lamented that out of the 1, 726 graduating students, only 298 were female, representing 25%, which was low for the female to resource the development of Nigeria.
Professor Gani is therefore calling for more enrollment of female students into the higher Institution..
He commended the giant strides of the university, which was established in 2011 and within eight years it had recorded significant progress from two faculties to four, as well as 34 degree programmes in 19 departments, while student enrolment and infrastructural development have increased significantly.
Professor Gani commended the graduating students’ performances, which he said was above average, due to the efforts of the Guidance and Counselling, which had led to less students having 3rd Class.
“Hence for students with problems, we tried to counsel them through the Guidance and Counselling Unit and through their level coordinators and this has reduce the students withdrawn from the university,” said Professor Gani.
The Vice Chancellor announced plans for the establishment of a Centre for Environmental Studies and Development, Centre for Culture, Value and peace, as well as the establishment of a College of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Professor Gani said the College of Medical Sciences would provide the needed Medical Personnel to narrow the ratio of medical doctors to the people residing in Nigeria.
To that effect, he said the university had approached the Gombe State Government to allow for the upgrade of the Kashere General Hospital as take-off site for the University Teaching Hospital.
He announced the willingness of the Gombe State Government to release the College of Agriculture in Kumo to the university to boost the Faculty of Agriculture.
Of particular note, the Vice Chancellor announced that the university had plans to establish Faculty of Computing to produce graduates that were knowledgeable and skillful in various aspects of computing, so as to impact positively on the Nigerian economy
He said to make the vision a reality, the university had approached the Nigerian Communications Commission with the design and the Bill of Quantity for the proposed faculty, while calling on the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy to facilitate the actualization of the project at the Federal University, Kashere.
For President Muhammadu Buhari, he charged, who was represented at the convocation by a Director from the National Universities Commission, Dr. Bello Kumo, who charged Universities in Nigerian to carry out researches that would enhance productivity in agricultural activities in the country.
The president also encouraged staff of Nigerian universities to join the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information, IPPIS.
Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Yahaya pledged to support the university in the establishment of the proposed college of medical sciences, as well as the promotion of quality education in the state.
The University also at the convocation awarded Honorary Doctorate Degrees to three deserving Nigerians, who contributed to the development of the country and the Institution.
The awardees are; Senator Muhammadu Danjuma Goje, former governor of Gombe State, Posthumous Awards of Doctor of Letters to Late Dr. Yusuf Bala Usman and Late Brigadier General Zakariya Maimalari.