Over the weekend the University of Portharcourt held it’s 31st Convocation ceremony. President Muhammadu Buhari (represented by the Minister of State for Education, Prof.
Anthony Onwuka) during his speech directed Vice-Chancellors to expel students in tertiary institution who fail to make a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) greater than 0.5 out of the maximum 5 points.
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President Muhammadu Buhari in saturday gave
vice chancellors a marching order to expel
students with less than 0.5 Cumulative Grade
Point Average (CGPA) from next academic
session. Such students, he said, are unserious
with school and therefore should not be
accommodated any longer in higher institutions.
The President cautioned governing councils
and managements of universities against
muzzle-flexing and ego-tripping, which he
said had thrown affected universities into
avoidable crises. Buhari spoke at the 31st
convocation of the University of Port Harcourt
He further assured his
administration was committed to the 2009
agreement entered into with the Academic
Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
This, he noted, led to the recent setting up of
a committee to renegotiate the contentious
agreement. Buhari, who was represented by
the Minister of State for Education, Prof.
Anthony Onwuka, told vice-chancellors and
their managements to practice transparency,
accountability, fairness and ensure discipline.
He said: “We must a stop to continue
housing adventurers, who have no business
remaining in the universities beyond the
time specified for their studies in the
universities. In that wise, it is being
proposed that at the end of this academic
year, any student with less than 0.5
CGPA should cease to be a student of the
university and should be shown the way out.
The universities must continue to have
people who are serious in what they have
come to do in school. If you have less than
0.5 in your CGPA, you are out. You are out
for good so that the space will be left for
those who have come to do serious
On governing council, he charged them to
avoid unnecessary muzzle-flexing and ego-
tripping that throw affected universities into
They must look after the welfare of staff and
students and ensure proper development of
On the contentious 2009 agreement with
ASUU, Buhari pleaded with the lecturers to
give peace a chance, by coming to the
negotiation table in the best interest of
higher education. He reassured ASUU and
other unions that government was
committed to quality education in the
universities and other layers of the education
sector, including the welfare of staff in the