No fewer than 26 persons bagged First Class honours as 5,712 students graduated at the 27th/28th convocation ceremony of the Abia State University Uturu on Friday.

This is as Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has challenged the institution’s faculty of Agriculture to embark on research on ways of grooming local goats as an alternative to cow meat.

He strongly advocated the need for further researches in Agriculture to address the worrisome food insecurity in the country.

The governor who commended the lecturers of the institution for the commitment to duty promised to meet with the management of the university on how to tackle the challenge of salary arrears and other needs of the university.

In their respective remarks, the Pro-Chancellor, and former Senate President, Senator Adolphus Wabara; and the Chancellor, and Chairman, Benue State Council of Traditional Rulers, Professor James Ayatse ( Tor Tiv); expressed delight over the achievements of the university.

The VC who assumed office last December enumerated some of his achievements as restoration of normal academic calendar, sustained payment of salary arrears, successful accreditation of academic programmes as well as expansion of programmes.

He announced automatic employment for the overall best graduating students in both 27th and 28th convocation sets.

The beneficiaries include Chukwuemeka Ezeigbo of the Department of Architecture, who recorded 4.64 Cumulative Grade Point Average, CGPA: and Emmanuel Dike Emmanuel of the Department of Biochemistry, who made 4.67 CGPA.

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