By; DAHIRU SULEIMAN, Dutse
President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed the federal government’s determination for the training and re-training of academic staff of the country’s universities, as well as review the nation’s educational curriculum for nation building.
The President who was represented by the Executive Secretary National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, stated that entrepreneurial studies would also be strengthened for the socio-economic development of the country.
He described the way and manner Federal University Dutse was progressing as a clear commitment, and hard work of the Vice Chancellor’s determination to move the institution forward, a situation which he said was worthy of emulation.
He also called on the varsity’s graduating students to utilize the education they acquired to contribute towards nation building.
In his message of goodwill to the occasion, Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, ably represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Namadi said the state government was aware of the developments taking place in the institution, and assured of the present administration’s commitment to support the university to achieve the desired objectives.
Earlier, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Federal University Dutse, Alhaji Ibrahim Akuyam said the institution has recorded successes which are visible in students conduct, quality and relevance of programmes, discipline in academic and non teaching staff, collaborations and interactions at national and international levels as well as development in infrastructure.
In her remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Fatima Batul Muktar said 786 students were conferred with degrees in various fields of endeavour, while 52 students obtained first class degrees, with a Jigawa indigene emerging as the best student.
She stated, “we at the Federal University Dutse cannot and will not rest on our oars, thus, we would therefore continue to initiate more cogent programmes as we grow into the new decade. To this end, therefore, we are passionately thinking on a number of strategies that can turn this university into a veritable stronghold for learning and scholarship.
She thanked the state government, the emirate councils and the entire people of Jigawa State for their support and cooperation towards the development of the university.
Professor Fatima Batul Muktar assured of her commitment to come up with programmes that will further develop academic activities as well as design socio-economic initiatives for the wellbeing of communities closer to the university.
Abdullahi Yakubu Zandam who was declared best student was presented with four awards.
Sultan Muhammad Sa’adi Abubakar, representatives of Kano, Yobe, Sokkoto Governors, the Emir of Dutse Alhaji Nuhu Muhammadu Sanusi, the Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, Vice-Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts of Polytechnics and Colleges of Education from across the country, parents and well wishers of the graduates attended the occasion.