President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians of tackling poverty in the land and to reduce high rate of unemployment as various economic policies were being implemented.
The President who was represented by Deputy Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC) Prof. Chinedu Mafiano, gave the assurance Saturday in Abuja at the 22nd convocation ceremony of the University of Abuja as Visitor of the institution.
The University also awarded honorary degrees to three distinguished Nigerians including the founder and General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church Dr William Kumuyi, who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree of Science, late Dr Yusuf Bala Usman of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), who was awarded posthumous Doctorate Degree of Letters, and Alhaji Aliyu Dikko, with Doctorate degree of Management, in recognition of their contributions to nation building.
The university also conferred degrees on 7,148 grandaunts, which Mr Felix Jimoh, emerging best overall graduating student.
“My government is working hard to reduce the unemployment rates through several programmes and initiatives including the N-power, agriculture, small and medium scale businesses, all of which are supported by government guaranteed loan scheme. I encourage you all to key into any of them for national growth and development,” the President said.
Pastor Kumuyi who spoke on behalf of the awardees said they will continue to contribute their quota to develop the university and the country.
He also charged graduating students to use the knowledge they have acquired to help transform the country into a global economic power.
“Nigeria has many opportunities despite the challenges we face as a nation today. You must be determined to use the knowledge that you have gained at this university to help transform our nation into the global economic powerhouse that it is destined to be. All hands should be joined together to provide lacking structures and indispensable facilities required for academic excellence. We must focus on our vision and have faith,” he said.