By Abubakar Hassan

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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai has matriculated 4,089 students into the university for the 2017/2018 academic session, with a call on them to maintain discipline and respect the rules and regulations of the institution.

In his address during the matriculation ceremony last Wednesday, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Muhammad Nasir Maiturare urged the students to respect every staff of the institution and avoid any form of indiscipline and vices within and outside the university campus, saying that the degree to be awarded to them after graduation will be for both academic performance and character.

He explained that the admission exercise of the current academic session was more challenging as a result of phenomenal rise in the number of applicants into the institution, adding that a total of 17,751 applications were received for both UTME and direct entry, while 8,466 candidates did the screening, out of which 4,089 candidates were offered admission.

While welcoming the new students into the university, the Vice Chancellor said the university was steadily making impact at both national and international levels, revealing that the university had successfully delivered a novel organic agriculture program in Uganda last year, conducted research on characterization of mineral deposits in North Central Nigeria for a Federal agency and is currently undertaking a high-tech hydrocarbon prospectivity research in the Bida and Sokoto Basins for NNPC.

He also noted that some of the students were given courses other than what they desired due to competition and JAMB subject combination, urging them to accept the new course wholeheartedly and to do their best to excel in it.

Prof. Maiturare then called on the new students to always remember that a university is a universal and cosmopolitan society, a melting pot for various people and cultures, saying “as enlightened citizens, university students are expected to be conscious of their civic responsibility, understand and respect identity differences as well as promote mutual understanding among diverse people.”

He said the university management on its part in spite of the daunting challenges will continue to strive towards creating conducive and enabling environment for the students to realize their full potential, adding that continuous efforts were been made to improve learning and living facilities in pursuit of the university’s vision of becoming a world class university.

Prof. Maiturare also appreciated the support and cooperation the university was enjoying from the state government under the leadership of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello since his assumption in office.

In his brief remark, the state Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Muhammed Baba Adamu said the state government was committed to ensuring a conducive environment for teaching and learning to effectively take place in the institution.

The Commissioner who was represented at the occasion by the Director of Tertiary Institutions in the Ministry, Alhaji Mohammed Tswako said education must be functional and urged the students to be mindful of their time in the institution, adding that they should strive to be among those to be awarded scholarship next academic session.

While congratulating the institution for spearheading the hydrocarbons research, he also assured that the Governor will soon redeem his pledge and work on the additional hostel will commence in earnest.

Highlights of the event were short talk on morality by Mal. Umaru Dada Paiko and Prof. A.O. Olorunsanya, presentation of scholarship award letters to the overall best students in each of the university’s program, and five students who did the university proud at the last Universities games, held at University of Agriculture, Makurdi were also decorated with their medals by Vice Chancellor.

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