The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission Professor Umar Danbatta has urged heads of Universities to create an enabling learning environment for students in their institutions to boost academic excellence and the socioeconomic development of the country.
Professor Danbatta stated this at the 29th and 30th Convocation ceremony of the University of Jos, Plateau state North central Nigeria where he was conferred with the degree of Doctor of Science Honour Cause (D.Sc).
While responding to journalists, Danbatta said he feels a sense of satisfaction for his modest accomplishments and recognitions which could be attested to the various awards and accolades received by NCC adding that he would prefer Nigerians to be the judge of their accomplishments over the past three years.
He reiterated the commission’s commitment in its continuous campaign to educate consumers on the ‘2442″Do Not Disturb facility to stop unsolicited messages and the toll free number “622” to lodge complains.
He also said that measures are in place to stop forceful subscription of value added services on consumers especially ringing tones and that it intends to carry out an evaluation to decide on the next course of regulatory action to be enforced.
Meanwhile ,the Vice Chancellor of University of Jos ,Professor Sebastian Maimoko said in line with Federal policy on standard Education “We are introducing measures to strengthen our capacity in effective and efficient Financial Management, Result-Based Management, Performance contracting, deployment of ICT, Good Corporate Governance and corruption eradication measures as well as encouraging the culture of Team Building,” he explained.
Professor Maimoko also noted that the university is committed to contributing to the National Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of the present Administration “the university has redeployed recent and technology-driven learning tools to improve the quality of education. The goal is to produce graduates that have the relevant skills set relevant.”
Also, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the the 13th Governing Council, of the institution Prince Tony Momoh, called on the Nigerian government to increase financial grants to the university.
“In terms of infrastructural development and value addition which will increase its carrying capacity given the fact that the University of Jos is increasingly becoming the University of the choice for most candidates in seeking university education,” he explained.
On his part the Nigerian President Muhammed Buhari who was represented by Executive Secretary Nigeria University Commission, Rasheed Abubakar congratulated the recipients saying “My special congratulations are reserved for all the graduands of today including the three distinguished Nigerians conferred with honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of their laudable services to their mother Land”
President Buhahi emphasized the importance of education to the development of the country “Only education particularly the type of quality education produced in good Universities can instigate rapid social economic and technological changes needed to guarantee our March to the future”
He also commended the University for its numerous achievements and efforts towards repositioning the institution and ensuring academic excellence adding that measures are in place to reform the economic sector.
A total of 18,344 degrees and certificates were awarded to graduates which include 33distinction/First Class honours, 2,820 Post graduates Programmes (M.A and M.Sc) 165 Ph.d among others.