The University of Benin has recorded breakthroughs with the development of a new software for electronic voting, thereby asserting its influence at the global stage.
The electronic voting software that was developed by the ICT Unit of the institution has already been tested for congregation and other students elections in line with the principle of shared responsibility.
Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Lilian Salami said this at a media briefing, ahead of the institution’s 48th Convocation and 53rd Founders’ Day Ceremonies.
Prof. Salami revealed that the University has almost completed the laying of optic fiber for internet connectivity at Ugbowo Campus of the University.
She explained that the innovation would compliment the already connected internet and online services at Ekehuan Campus of the University and fast track ICT services among students and staff.
The VC also announced the institution’s plans to deploy a paperless E-senate that would enable students results and Senate papers to be uploaded without undue delay, in addition to e- learning platform which are at completion stage for all academic Units.
“The ICT Unit, Vice Chancellor office has completed the development of electronic voting software ( already used for congregation and other students elections).
“The University has completed the laying of Optic Fiber Cable for internet connectivity to about 90 per cent of buildings on Ugbowo Campus.
“Ekehuan is now connected to internet and online services will provided there, this eliminating the stress of staff and students coming to Ugbowo before getting some Portal related issues resolved”, Prof. Salami said.
In addition, the University has successfully implemented a paperless E-senate, this, students results repository has been created so that all results and Senate papers are uploaded to without undue delay”, according to the VC.
Prof. Salami further explained that procurement of modern Clinical Equipment in Medical Laboratory, provision and installation of equipment in Engineering Faculty, construction and equipment of Urology Department would ease learning and reduce stress amongst students and staff.
A breakdown of the grades for the 14,254 graduating students of the University indicates that 178 bagged First Class honours, while 4353 students got Second Class Upper degrees.
Also, 8,607 students made Second Class Lower Division while others made Third Class degrees Category in addition to other Classified and unclassified Certificates.
Similarly, the University shall confer honorary doctorate degrees on some deserving eminent personalities, including former governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola who is an alumnus of the University, and the First Lady of Edo State, Mrs Betsy Obaseki in the forthcoming Convocation.