At least no fewer than 130 University of Ilorin students will be graduating with First Class degrees during the forthcoming convocation of the institution holding on Wednesday.
Speaking with newsmen, the UNILORIN’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, said that a total of 12,009 students would be graduating during the university’s 35th Convocation Ceremonies.
According to him, 2,902 graduates bagged Second Class Upper Division, 5,661 had Second Class Lower Division, while 1,392 had Third Class.
Mr Abdulkareem commended TETFund for funding projects in over 47 federal universities, urging the Federal Government to address the challenge of insufficiency of funds facing Unilorin.
He lamented that budgetary allocation to education had dropped from 10.78 per cent in 2015 to 7.04 per cent in 2018.
The VC, therefore, called on the federal government to increase the education budget to 15 per cent in order to bring it closer to 26 per cent recommended by UNESCO.
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He noted that the university was increasing its internally generated revenue to avoid total dependence on government funding and ensure full implementation of its N36.4 billion 4th Strategic Plan.
Mr Abdulkareem said major research breakthroughs by staff and students of the institution included the development of a speed breaker device, invention of an anti-electricity power theft device and innovation of an oil spillage management product which had already been commercialised.
Others, he said, included fabrication of a machine capable of producing different shapes of the pencil in commercial quantities and the discovery of a potential treatment and cure for Tuberculous, among others.