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Divergent views have trailed the graduation of a pretty lady Victory Onya Njah who graduated with First Class at the Department of Economics, University of Jos.
In a photo shared by an anti-corruption campaigner and commentator on Nigeria inter-politics Kayode Ogundamisi, while some Nigerians praised her feat, a few others said it’s a disgrace on the lecturers at Economics department of the university for producing first class 43 years after the establishment of the university.
Ogundamisi had tweeted “Since the inception of the Department of Economics, University of Jos, 43 years ago, no First Class graduate has been recorded. Victory Onya Njah became the first student to achieve such a historical feat by graduating with a First Class in Economics.”
The news caught the attention of the former governor of Osun State Mr Rauf Aregbesola, who shared the tweet.
Hundreds of Twitter users have also reacted, one of them @SJimoh tweeted “Congratulations, the university can retain, or let CBN offers her employment. We need eggheads in public sector to help us”
Tajudeen Amoo said “The fact that it’s Not a private University makes it taste better”
Another Twitter praised her for graduating in flying colour despite her beauty, “Beauty, and Brain, Real slay mama, not those Nude selling slay Jezebels”
Another user @Olamoni13 added another twist by berating the kind of award universities in Nigeria give their best graduating student, “Hope she won’t be rewarded with 5k”
An alumni of the University of Jos said it isn’t an easy task to graduate with First Class at the department of Economic of the institution.
“Congratulations dearie. This is the department I graduated from and I know what it takes to graduate with first class in that department that’s full of sadists,” Lawrence Isaac said.
Looking at it from another perspective, Temitayo Ajibade said JAMB should review its cutoff marks for Nigeria’s higher institutions.
“I suppose she didn’t score the equivalent of today’s 160 jamb cut off mark to get admission in Jos. We can’t promote failure and expect to celebrate excellence. Congratulations”
Another Twitter user Adegboyega Brown said, “Congratulations to the first class graduate, the University of Jos despite its location in one of the ELDS is still living the way a university should live.Some others are now competing with the number of fake first class candidate they could produce.”
Another commenter Jonas E some academics are wicked naturally not to produce first graduate in their department.
“In a country where lecturers & profs shamelessly boast that “nobody has ever scored an A” in my course or that “nobody has ever graduated with a 1st Class” from this dept, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear 20 years from now that no one is yet to bag the next 1st Class after her,” he tweeted.
Another Twitter user @joshibirogba said producing first class more than four decades isn’t a good thing.
“While this is commendable to the lady, the lecturers in this dept should be tagged failures because we all know how these lecturers intentionally don’t want to get grades like this, since the inception of a dept this is the first time someone is doing this, sounds not cool!”
University of Jos was established in November 1971 as a satellite campus of the University of Ibadan.
The first students were admitted in January 1972 as pre-degree students and the first Bachelor of Arts degree program begun in October 1973.
In October 1975, then military government under General Murtala Mohammed established the UNIJOS as a separate institution.
Classes began at the newly reorganized University of Jos in October 1976 with 575 students spreading over the existing four faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Education, Natural Sciences and Medical Sciences. Post-graduate programs were added in 1977. By 1978 Faculties of Law and Environmental Sciences were established and the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences was separated.