A Female beneficiary of the Presidential Amnesty Programme on scholarship at Igbinedion University Okada (IUO), Edo State, Mrs Ovbude Queen Ohiolei, has emerged the overall best graduating student of the institution. The 26-years-old Ovbude, who was pregnant and delivered her first baby during her first degree as a student in Mass Communication department, with a CGPA of 4.86, was the winner of the coveted prize for Overall Best Graduating Student.
She was among five beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme on scholarship at IUO who graduated recently and were awarded first class degree in various disciplines during the 17th convocation ceremony of the university held on Friday, November 29, 2019. Others who bagged first class degree include Mumemune Ebitimi Arthur (Civil Engineering), Eregbene Tamar Emmanuel (Electrical-Electronics Engineering), Dabo Festus Itunuoluwa (Law) and Abdul Farida Francisca (Computer Science).
Furthermore, 50 beneficiary of the Amnesty Programme were also awarded Second Class Upper division degrees.
This is the second consecutive year beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme are bearing the torch at IUO. At the 16th convocation ceremony of the university, a beneficiary of the programme, Mr. Afekuro Joseph Keritiemone, bagged first class degree in Political Science and Public Science and Public Administration with a CGPA of 4.87, emerging the overall best graduating student. He was offered automatic employment as a lecturer in the institution.
Mrs Ovbude, during her graduating speech, stated that: “The Amnesty Programme is a laudable programme. I am appealing to the Federal Government to continue with the Amnesty Programme because it will bring out more intellectuals from the Niger Delta Region”. The President of the Presidential Amnesty Programme Students Union, IUO chapter, Umokoro Nesta Dimbainimboya, commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Coordinator, PAP, Prof. Charles Dokubo, for the giant strides recorded especially in the educational sector.
He further said: “I just want to say a big thank you to the coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo and Mr. President for their determination in ensuring that the programme attains a huge success. The Amnesty is an initiative of the late President Yaradua as a result of the insecurity in the Niger Delta. Ten years on, the programme stillcontinue to change lives.
As you can see, we have many first class graduate from IUO as well as Second Class Upper degree recipients. This school has produced many graduates that have stimulate the Niger Delta People. By God’s grace, I know this programme will go far to impact on the whole world, not just the Niger Delta region or Nigeria as nation. In a related development, four beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme on scholarship at the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, graduated on Monday with First Class Degrees. At the 7th convocation ceremonies and 10th anniversary of the institution, 19 other beneficiaries of the Programme were also awarded Second Class Degree in various courses. A total of 58 students sponsored by the Amnesty Programme graduated from the institution.
Three of the First Class Degree awarded who scored a minimum CGPA of 4.54 made history in the college of Engineering, including Porbeni Emmanuel Dakore, Electrical/Electronic Engineering: Tele Blessing, Mechanical Engineering: Roland Ayebakuro Ebriyo, Electrical/Electronics Engineering and Agu Chidera Confidence, Medical Laboratory Science.”
Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Pro Charles Dokubo described the feat as a huge success for the Programme and the Niger Delta. He attributed the landmark achievement to the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari towards deepening peace as a vehicle for the development of the region.
“I am elated that four of our delegates made us proud with First Class degrees; 19 others also finished brilliantly. I assure you that this is just the beginning of good tidings to come in the days ahead. I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for the wonderful support that has taken us to this level’’.
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