By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” A total of 4,985 graduates are to be conferred with first degree by the University of Jos, UNIJOS, at its 23rd convocation ceremony on tomorrow with nine of them graduating with first class.
Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, who announced this at a pre-convocation press briefing, said three state governors and the late Chairman of the institutionâ€™s Governing Council, Ambassador Ignatius Ajuru, are also to be conferred with honourary doctorate degrees.
The governors are Isa Yuguda of Bauchi, Aliyu Akwei Doma of Nasarawa and Jonah Jang of Plateau State. Tyoden said they were considered for the awards having met the criteria for the honourary doctorate degrees which include contribution to the development of society, contribution to educational development and contribution to the development of the university itself.
He added that Ambassador Ajuru, who was slain by assailants in Port Harcourt some months ago, was being honoured for his contribution to the development of the university when he served as her pro-chancellor.
Tyoden described the convocation as significant in many respects coming at a time when University of Jos was among the five universities in Nigeria that appeared on the recently released global ranking for universities and having been rated number four in the country.
He said measures were being put in place to secure the permanent site of the institution by fencing it round.
This, he said, is in view of the porous nature which made it easily accessible especially during periods of crisis, among other security.