A total of 1,733 new students admitted to study various undergraduate programmes in Nigeria Army University, Biu (NAUB) in Gombe State have been matriculated for the 2019/2020 academic session.
While speaking at the matriculation ceremony, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Fatima Tahir said that there was a substantial increase in 2019/2020 academic session where 1,733 were admitted against 1,016 in 2018/2019 academic year.
Fatima Tahir further said that out of the number admitted this academic session, 235 were servicemen and women and implored the matriculating students to take their studies seriously because the institution has zero-tolerance for exams malpractice and no place for unionism within the university walls.
The VC also assured parents and guidance that their wards are in safe hands as their security is guaranteed by the institution authorities.
In his speech, the Chief of Army staff and the Chairman Governing Council of the University Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai said that the task as a University is to give life to the dreams of the bright-eyed young fellow and the next generation.
The COAS who was represented by the former Deputy VC (Military) of the University, Maj. Gen Obot Ifiong said that for the journey to succeed, all stakeholders including students and their parents must be seen to be dedicated to the cause.
He also said that the problem Nigeria is facing as a nation can only be solved when indigenous-solutions are connected with the right platform where they can be gestated and nurtured.
The COAS further said that the solution when fully mainstreamed are expected to give the Nigerian Army and indeed the nation a competitive edge against their counterparts all over the world.