*over 19,000 candidates jostle for admission
*Prof Uba is most active VC in the country – PAS
*commences Doctor of Pharmacy Programme
*takes delivery of tabulating machines, set to produce tablets in Nigeria
*experts in education commend Gov Bala Mohammed
By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The efforts of Bauchi State Governor, Architect Bala Mohammed in the educational sector in his state is paying off.
This can be noted through the actions of Bauchi State University Vice Chancellor, Prof Auwal Uba.
Last week during the matriculation ceremony for incoming students, the Vice Chancellor of Bauchi State was given an award as the most “active Vice Chancellor” in Nigeria by the Moroco based African Students Parliament.
Mr. Simon Sayor, Speaker African Students Parliament during his citation, commended Prof. Uba for the landmark developments he initiated as the VC of the university.
Sayor said that no VC has developed any higher institution in terms of infrastructural facilities and academics as Prof Auwal has done.
Mr. Sayor also commended the students of the institution for responding to their vice chancellor and being as proactive as Uba.
In line with the pursuit of academic excellence, a target set by Governor Bala Mohammed, Bauchi State University has become the 7th varsity in Nigeria to run a Doctor of Pharmacy programme.
Many Institutions find it difficult to run D.Pharm course due to the high financial, academic burden and facilities that the programme requires.
Nonetheless, Prof Auwal Uba fulfilled his promise that BASUG would run the programme this year.
The Vice Chancellor was at his vintage best when he chose the matriculation ceremony to announce that the Doctor of Pharmacy has become a reality in the institution.
“Last year, we made a promise that we would admit students into the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences for the Doctor of Pharmacy programme.
“It is gratifying to report that by Allah’s grace, we have admitted 60 students for the programme after successfully passing the resource verification exercises by both the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria.
“We are among the only seven universities in Nigeria that offers the Doctor of Pharmacy programme”, Uba added.
Still on the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, our correspondent saw a set of equipment procured by BASUG for the faculty .
Dr. Yahaya Katagum told our correspondent that the equipment’ procured are meant for the manufacturing of drugs such as paracetamol and and others which are tablet form.
“We received some heavy machineries which includes the tabulating machines.The tabulating machine is used to make all sorts of tablets that you know, including paracetamol, Ventolin and many more .
“Secondly, we also have the granulating machine which stirs, turnd and fumes the powdery substance called the active pharmaceutical ingredients and turns them into granules
“We have received the integrating machine, mixer machines and many others.
“We also have an impressive and modern laboratory called the formulating lab .All the machines are kept at the formulating lab and from there, we churn out many products,” he explained.
Dr Katagum who is the Dean Pharmaceutical Sciences, further expressed confidence in the ability of the institution to successfully teach students of Doctor of Pharmacy with all the equipment and laboratories that BASU has .
“As you can see, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences has all the facilities, the equipment, the specimen and laboratories to impart knowledge into our students.
“I can assure you that after rounding up their courses, we would have the best graduating students”. He assured.
Speaking further on the D.Pharm degree, Dr.Katagum reiterated that the programme is a step ahead of a degree in Pharmacy and it is meant to build professionally trained pharmacists in the country.
Katagum further revealed that apart from BASUG, only two higher Institutions in Nigeria and the West African region have been able to get hold of the equipment .
He praised the efforts of Prof.Auwal Uba whom he said, ensured that Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty got all the materials that they asked for.
“I must commend the visionary leadership of Prof Auwal Uba for making sure that we list our master plan, our strategic plan and then Implement them one after the other,” he said.