Sokoto State University has matriculated no fewer than 2,902 students.
The students took their oath of allegiance as students during the school matriculation exercise on Wednesday May 10, 2023.
While speaking about the event, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Bashir Garba, said the matriculated numbers represent the 2020/2021 and 2022/2023 combined.
Prof Garba said, “The admission process for the 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 academic sessions has just been completed and is indeed the reason why we are here today.
“For the 2021/2022 academics session, the University received a total of 3,579 undergraduates application out of which 1,789 candidates gained admission into their prospective programmes of interest.”
He added, “While for the 2022/2023 academic session, a total of 6,480 candidates applied for admission but only 2,626 making hundred percent of the total quota, secured admission for the various degree programmes of the University.
“This brings the total admitted candidates for the two academic sessions to 4,415 students out of which only 2,902 students registered for the combined academic session.”
He explained that the school combined the two academic sessions programme due to the eight months of the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of the University in the country.
While congratulating the newly matriculated students of the school for being so lucky to have been admitted into the school, the vice-chancellor charged them to face their studies squarely so as not to lose the golden opportunity of acquiring a university education.
He, however, appealed to the state government to consider paying the visiting and sabbatical lecturers as at when do. He said the school so much relies on the support of this category of lecturers, most especially for the post-graduate programmes.
He said the visiting and sabbatical lecturers have outstanding salaries which need to be paid as many of them come from far places and need the salary to support their journey.
Other speakers at the matriculation ceremony include the state commissioner for higher education, Professor Aisha Madawaki, the chairman of the governing council, Engineer Bello Suleiman and House committee chairman on higher education, Suleiman Romo.