The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has assured first-class graduates of the University of Benin of Edo origin of automatic recruitment into the State Civil and Public Service.
The governor gave the assurance while addressing graduates at the 48th Convocation and 53rd Founders’ Day ceremony at the UNIBEN main campus, in Ugbowo, Benin City.
Governor Obaseki said, “Governance is key and the quality of governance I see the Vice Chancellor of this university display is the one that is so admirable.
“As a government, we decided, seven years ago, to support this university even if it is not a state-owned university. This university is all about knowledge for service and what this university has done to position Edo State in Nigeria in terms of human capacity development is really unheard of.
“We are not a large State but a state with a population of about 5 million people and one university graduating 500 PhDs speaks a lot. I want to thank the university for this achievement.
“It is now a standing policy for the Edo State Government that any student of Edo State origin graduating with a first class degree from any recognised university gets an automatic job from the Edo State Government.
“For your 179 students who may not want to proceed immediately for further studies, just tell them that with just one e-mail, they get an automatic job with the Edo State Civil/Public Service.”
He added, “I have to be here to honour this event because this will be the last time I will be participating as governor of Edo State. I see quality Nigerians selected for honour today.”