Mohammed Kaka Misau
The Emir of Katagum, Alh. (Dr) Umar Farouk II has advised the newly admitted pioneer students of Federal University of Health Sciences Azare, Bauchi state not to involve themselves in cultism, drug abuse and any other act inimical to their studies and the society.
Dr Umar Farouk II gave the advice while speaking during a Pre-matriculation Lecture organized by the university management for the newly intake students at the institution’s premises on Tuesday.
While enjoining the students to ensure total concentration on their studies, the Emir commended the federal government for establishing the institution in Azare town of Katagum local government area of Bauchi state, which he said will bring more development to the area.
Earlier speaking, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Bala Mohammed Audu said that the Pre-matriculation Lecture was meant to cross-fertilize ideas for the development of the University by having outside speakers to speak to the staff and the students.
“There are two Pre-matriculation Lectures today, the first one was delivered by the commandant of NDLEA who talked to the students about the dangers of drug abuse and how to avoid it while the second Lecture was delivered by the representative of the Nigeria University Commission, which focused on all the roles that this university can play in the development of health resources for the national development of this country”, the Vice Chancellor said.
Professor Bala pointed out that all the matriculating students were admitted from across the country purely on merit across five Programmes of medicine, dentistry, medicine nutrition and Radiology.
The vice Chancellor who advised the students to sustain the habit of concentrating on their studies, said he is very impressed with their eagerness as well as their in-house continues assessment.
“I think we have made a very good choice of the students”, he noted.
While thanking the Katagum Emir for honoring the invitation of the university management by attending the event personally, Professor Bala described the Emir as a father to the university and the entire Katagum emirate.
“His words have always been words of wisdom, he has always encouraged us to put merit as our flag-bearer in whatever we do and he has always welcomed us and given us all the necessary advice”, he added.
He further said, “as you can see, he has also said that all the students are his children and that they are under the protection of the emirate and that they should feel free to continue their studies”.
Professor Bala Mohammed who expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his foresight and wisdom in establishing the university in Azare also thanked the minister of education who he said has been a major source of inspiration to the university for giving all the necessary support for the timely take off of the institution.
“We also thank the National university Commission and the Medical and Dental Association of Nigeria for their regulatory role in facilitating and ensuring that we take off at a very early stage”, he said.
Professor Bala Mohammed who said with such support, the university was not just able to admit students for the 2022/2023 academic session but have also admitted students for the 2021/2022 academic session across all the five Programmes in the university.
The Vice Chancellor thanked Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi for making available to the management of the University, the permanent site which is a former campus of Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi, College of Administrative and Business Studies (CABS), Azare.
According to him, the gesture of the Governor also contributed tremendously in ensuring that academic session takes off at the very early stage.