From Agaju Madugba, Katsina
The Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina, held its second convocation ceremony at the weekend with a total of 4,179 students bagging various degrees from the school.
Out of the 4,027 first degree graduates, 54 of them got first class degrees, 46 persons had postgraduate diploma certificates, 105 Masters degrees and one PhD.
A foremost banker, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab was also decorated as the new Chancellor of the university at the event. Speaking at the ceremony, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Idris Isa Funtua urged the graduands to be optimistic even in the face of the prevailing economic recession in the country.
“My advice to the graduands is to stay optimistic. Things like getting a job or starting a career may take longer time than expected, most especially, in the present economic situation we find ourselves, but usually, things have a way of working out,” he said. Also speaking at the programme, the Visitor to the university, who is also Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, reaffirmed his administration’s determination at repositioning education in the state.
Masari said: “Recently, the state government inaugurated a committee that was charged with the responsibility of setting up a teaching hospital, with the aim of facilitating the establishment of a faculty of medical sciences in this great university.
“As soon as the faculty is set up, the university will start programmes leading to the award of degrees such as MBBS and so on, which will help the state government to address serious challenges of inadequate medical doctors in our hospitals.”
Masari urged authorities at the school to be prudent in the management of resources. He said the university should also intensify efforts at internal revenue generation as part of measures to sustain the rapid expansion of the institution in enrollment and academic programmes.