President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the Nigerian university system on the need to conduct cutting- edge research and well – thought analysis in providing soluctions to the nations development challenges.
Buhari, who is the visitor, spoke at the 22nd convocation ceremony of university of Abuja on saturday, where not less than 3,160 students graduated with third class degrees and 180 passes.
Vice-chancellor of the university, Professor MIchael Adikwu, who gave the breakdown of the graduating students the said this figure was out of about 7, 148 students the said this figure was out of about 7,148 students graduated from various faculties, comprising 6,902 undergraduates and 242 postgraduate students from 2016/2017 academic session.
A total of 16 students graduated with first class honours, 507 second class upper division and 3,143 second class lower division.
The General Superintendent, Deeper life Bible church, Pastor WIlliam Kumuyi, was conferred with award of honorary doctorate degree by the management of the university along side .
Alhaji Dikko Aliyu while a postumous award was conferred on the respected Ahmadu Bello University Historian, Dr Yusuf Bala Usman.
Buhari, said his administration recognised the unparalleled role of universities as catalyst of industrialization and knowledge economy, urging the university system to key into the activities of government through the conduct of research that would make every citizen of Nigeria derive maximum benefits from government policies, activities and pronouncements.
he said it has been postulated that by the year 2050, Nigeria will be the 3rd most populous country in the world.
it is therefore, incumbent on Nigerian universities to begin to research into and analyse the implication of this impending development on the various sectors of the economic and proffer.
Recommendations that will assist government and all the relevant stakeholders mitigate the effect of the increase in population.