About 50 corporate organizations would be taking part in an intellectual fair organised by the Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. The institution will also hold its convocation ceremony with 324 students graduating.
Speaking during a pre-convocation press briefing held recently at the university, the vice chancellor, Prof. Christian Anieke, said that participating companies and service providers would be exhibiting their wares at the fair tagged, “Gown and Town Assembly”.
He said that the event which is part of the university’s 2018 convocation activities would enable students and visitors interface with employers of labour. Professor Anieke who is also a Catholic reverend father explained that different companies, industries and service agencies have been invited to the fair to provide students the opportunity to know what they do.
“Each will be assigned a place in the arena where they can display their products and provide information to students, staff and visitors,” he said, adding that the move was part of strategies adopted by the institution to encourage and expose students to the reality of the outside world.
Such opportunity, he disclosed, would assist the students discover areas of interest for their research. “Part of our success is that we educate students to get jobs when they graduate and this explains why 80 per cent of our students get jobs within two years of graduation,” he said.
The institution would launch its N500 million scholarship trust fund, a programme designed to support less-economically endowed students. “Many young people irrespective of their background would be touched by the trust fund. The fund will be able to give admission to men and women who might become social deviants if not properly educated,” he said.
About 324 graduates would receive various degrees, comprising nine first class, 126 second class upper, 149 second class lower and 40 third class honours. The convocation lecture holds on Friday, February 9, with the minister of foreign affairs, Mr. Geofrey Onyeama, scheduled to deliver the convocation lecture.
The vice-chancellor disclosed that the institution in collaboration with the Enugu State government which supported the university with the sum of N500m had commenced the construction of the N1.5b 10-kilometre road leading to its main campus at Ugwuomu-Nike, in Enugu.
He revealed that Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State had also commenced the construction of a 2,000-capacity auditorium at the main campus.