From Raji Bello Sokoto
The Federal Government has directed all universities in the country to give priority to science related programmes during admission process.
The Vice Chancellor, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru disclosed this during the institution’s 39th matriculation ceremony held in Sokoto.
He said the directive by the Federal Government mandated a ratio of 60 science students to 40 in humanities during admission process in the universities across the country.
Zuru disclosed that the university matriculated 5,325 students out of over 10,000 candidates that applied for placement at the school in the 2017/18 session.
He noted that the faculty of science got the highest with 1495 students. “It is also our response to the federal government’s desire of the country for rapid development through advances in science and technology,” he said.
He added that the university now has full accreditation of 94 per cent of its courses from the National University Commission while three newly introduced programmes had interim accreditation.
The Vice Chancellor, however, congratulated the new students and charged them to be both morally and academically good.
In his remarks, the Dean Students Affairs, Professor Aminu Mode also charged the students to be obedient, diligent and of good character throughout their study years.
According to him: “You are here for values addition. You must make your parents proud throughout your academic period and associate yourselves with good characters fellow students.” “There is no sweet without sweat.
The institution has zero tolerance to corruption and any anti society vices. Be law abiding and good ambassador to your parents and to the institution.” He advised.
Mode promised that the students affairs division is ready to guide or counsel any students to success.
Also speaking, President, Student’s Union Government, Comrade Ibrahim Shehu Kalgo urged the newly admitted students to be obedient and committed to their studies throughout their academic years.