By Thompson Yamput, Lokoja.
Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has reiterated his commitment to providing quality education in the state.
Bello voiced the commitment at the convocation ceremonies of Salem University, Lokoja.
At the convocation, 962 students graduated, with 58 out of them graduating with first-class honours, in four sets of academic session.
The governor was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones.
Bello also pledged to partner with the management of the university to provide quality university education to the young and old.
He commended the Vision Coordinator of Salem University for attaining giant strides in the education sector.
Bello said that his administration has dedicated 30 per cent of its annual budget to the education sector, so as to improve the standard of education in the state.
Also speaking, Justice Stephen Jonah-Adah, Acting Chancellor of the university said that the vision of the university was driven by its spectacular and glorious mission of delivering to Nigeria and the world an impactful university education.
“Salem University has the vision to be a centre of excellence for the production of graduates, who are worthy in learning and character as well as sound in mind, body and spirit for outstanding leadership and global impact.
“We offer them qualitative education that guarantees a balanced and comprehensive curriculum for full development of their spiritual, intellectual and social character as our future leaders,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Alewo Johnson-Akubo, said that the university had made its way into the first 2,000 Universities in the world, compiled by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.
Johnson-Akubo described the feat as a well-deserved, as “only 48 Nigerian universities made this cut.”
He commended the sacrifices made by the Vision Coordinator of the university, Archbishop Sam Amaga, in the last 16 years, aimed at “ensuring that the university is nurtured into a force to be reckoned with in the league of universities both within and outside Nigeria.”