The Taraba State University (TSU) in Jalingo has produced its first-ever doctor of philosophy degree (PhD) graduate since 2008.

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NAN reports that the feat comes after Hanawa Rufus successfully defended his thesis in mathematics education.

Benjamin Imoko, the external examiner, pronounced Rufus qualified in character and learning, and thereafter awarded him the degree on Tuesday.

“Having satisfied every requirement needed, I pronounce you as a holder of Ph.D. in Mathematics Education,” he said.

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Reacting to the development, Vincent Tenebe, the institution’s vice-chancellor, expressed his delight to see the varsity attaining such height during his tenure.

Tenebe congratulated Rufus for the feat while enjoining other Ph.D. as well as masters degree students in the university to concentrate on their research to succeed.

“I want to urge other PhD and Masters degree students to concentrate more on their studies because at these levels, it is not just theory but also practicals,” he added.

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“They should learn how to conduct research and report the findings in order to deliver quality works that would contribute to societal development.”

On his part, John Ajai, a co-supervisor of the thesis, also described the feat as a historic moment since the institution was established in 2008.

He noted that the successful defense of the first Ph.D. thesis is a testament that both students and lecturers remained committed to the growth and development of the varsity.

Ajai also commended the management of the institution for increasing the manpower strength of the university which aided its ability to run Ph.D. programme in several courses.

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