In a ceremony held on Wednesday, the Federal University in Gusau, Zamfara State, officially welcomed 2,865 students for the 2022/23 academic session.
This, as learned by Beyond Boders, marks a notable increase from the previous academic years, with 1,945 students matriculating in 2020/21 and 1,453 in 2019/2020.
Despite the prevailing insecurity in the North-West state, where bandits pose a constant threat, the university has seen a rise in student enrollment.
Also, the region has been grappling with attacks on villages and schools, leading to tragic incidents of residents, including students, being killed or abducted.
Addressing the gathering, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Muazu Abubakar, extended prayers for the swift release of students who had been abducted by bandits.
He acknowledged the ongoing efforts of security personnel in the search for the missing students.
Moreover, the vice chancellor took the opportunity to counsel the new students on the importance of being vigilant and security-conscious in their daily activities. He emphasized, “I am calling on all the students to be extra vigilant and security conscious as you go about your daily activities. Kindly report any suspicious movement of persons or groups to the nearest security agents or appropriate university authorities.”
Expressing concern for the abducted students, Prof. Abubakar reassured them, stating, “I want to assure them that they are always in our hearts and we are always praying for their safety and quick release.”
Furthermore, the vice chancellor expressed gratitude to various dignitaries who supported the university during challenging times, including Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Dr. Betta Odu, Minister of State for Education Dr. Yusuf Sununu, and Sharu Sheriff Nastura, Convener of the Coalition of Northern Group.
He also thanked the Kano State government and the Sultan of Sokoto, among others.