By Ibrahim Kado, Mubi (Adamawa).
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has approved a 50-per-cent increase of the scholarship given to students of the state with immediate effect.
Fintiri announced this at the 14th Convocation ceremony of Adamawa State University Mubi (ADSUM) on Tuesday in Mubi.
He directed the State Scholarship Board to conduct the review with immediate effect, for the students to start enjoying the policy.
Fintiri voiced the commitment of his administration to the development of education and pledged sustained investments in the education sector.
He congratulated the graduands and advised them to take due advantage of the opportunities that came their way for their success in the future.
Fintiri, however, urged the lecturers of ADSUM to engage in groundbreaking research and innovations, particularly in the area of agriculture to boost development and increase the internally generated revenue of the university.
According to him, agriculture employs over 70 per cent of the citizens in crop production, processing, storage and marketing activities.
In her address, Prof. Kaletapwa Farauta, ADSUM’s Vice-Chancellor, said that the ceremony was also marking the 20th anniversary of the university, which was founded in 2002.
She said that the institution, which started with three faculties and 13 departments, now had seven faculties, consisting of 42 programmes in 35 departments.
According to her, arrangements are in top gear to establish a Faculty of Medical and Health Science.
“All the programmes as at the last accreditation, had full accreditation status with the National University Commission (NUC) except one, which had interim accreditation; which translated to 98-per-cent accreditation status,” she said.
Prof. Awwal Tukur, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the university, said as part of human capital development, the management and council approved the employment of two persons with disabilities, who were post-graduate students.
According to him, both are doing excellently well as students and hope to encourage others living with disabilities to develop themselves educationally.
He congratulated the graduands and advised them to key in to agriculture, particularly livestock as it was one of the dependable areas of investment.
“This sector is also one of the main employers of labour nationwide, and our graduands can easily go into it by starting small and growing bigger,” he said.