NPUI Bamenda graduates over 3700 with appeal for subvention due to crisis



National Polytechnic University Institute NPUI Bamenda has graduated 3738 students.
The combined 7th, 8th, and 9th convocation ceremony that saw the graduation of the students took place Friday January 25 in the University Institute’s Amphitheatre 1000.

 
Family with Governor, Management Board members and Staff of NPUI after Convocation event
Describing the presence of NW Governor representative of the Minister of Higher Education at the ceremony as galvanizing to the NPUI management, Yong Jacque representative of the Management Board appreciated parents for choosing NPUI as a place of study for their children. He maintained that investing in education is the only business that yields the best profit. NPUI Bamenda dedicating her efforts to professional education which prepares graduates for the job market, The Management Board representative encouraged the graduates to consider their passage at NPUI as takeoff point while looking for many more ways to improve. “Consider this graduation today as the beginning of life…seek internships, offer voluntary services even for free….. Knock at doors …develop entrepreneurial skills… ” he said. 


Quoting late Bobe Yong Francis founder of the institution, the Vice Chancellor Dr Christopher Apana Akob reminded the event attendees that NPUI was created to reduce unemployment amongst youths while providing skills for job creation. With the beginning of Post Graduate programmes in 2018, The VC appealed for subvention during what he described as “hard times.” The Convocation address also afforded the VC the opportunity to outline the successes of NPUI over the years with very qualified staff strength to appeal for autonomy to award decrees. 


In a valedictory Speech titled “Change”, Ndzi Loveline best graduating student with a GPA of 3.66 in Crop Production; School of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences appreciated the NPUI Management “for the undiluted moral discipline we had which has transformed us into better children and change bearers to our parents and the world respectively…… It is an open secret that National Polytechnic University Institute Bamenda has produced the new generation of leaders that will take over the retired in no distant time. We are all leaders in waiting. We are the change the nation is earnestly seeking.” She affirmed.   


NW Governor Adulf lele L’Afrique Tchoffo Deben used the combined convocation ceremony to encourage parents in the region to monster courage and send their kids who will be their future walking sticks to school despite the persistent anti school going calls and threats. He encouraged those in the bushes with arms to accept the hand of fellowship extended by the Head of State and handover their arms and join him in nation building. 


Of the 3738 graduates, 1563 are graduating with Bachelors decree while 2175 are graduating with the Higher National Diploma HND from the Schools of Business Finance and Management, Education, Engineering and Technology, Journalism, law, Medical and Biomedical Sciences, Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Maritime Studies and Home Economics, Tourism and Hospitality Management.