Prof. Idris Isa Funtua
Vice Chancellor's Address at the 12th Matriculation Ceremonies (2017/2018 Undergraduate) on 3rd May 2018
It is a great pleasure for me to stand here and welcome you all to the matriculation ceremony for the 2017/2018 undergraduate set of Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, and as I welcome you one can see all the faces and people that exhibit such enthusiasm and joy at this memorable event for the fresh students. For many of you, this is your first time at UMYU and, for some of you first time in Katsina town and Katsina State. I hope you are impressed by what you see around you - the environment, buildings, facilities and welcoming, friendly and supportive staff and students.
You have worked hard and long hours and have excelled in your O-Levels, A-Levels, JAMB and post UTME as the case may be and some of you have had to also overcome difficult personal problems and great economic and social hardships to be here, considering the economic situation in the Country. To gain admission into University is a tremendous achievement, given the non perfect schooling system that you came through. We applaud you and have great admiration and hope for you, and we hope one day you will be counted among the most intellectually talented members of our society.
Of course, your success is also a testimony to the contributions and support of your earlier teachers, families and guardians. You must also recognize the sacrifices that your families and guardians made to enable you to be here and the sacrifices they will be making for the duration of your studies. You should be grateful to all of them.
Our first purpose as a University is to produce knowledge, so that we can better understand our natural and social worlds and also enrich our scientific and cultural heritage. Above all, as stated by someone somewhere else, at a university we ask questions. We don’t immediately worry about the right answer or solution. No, we worry, first, about the right or better question. This creates inquisitive minds and intellects and we urge you to be part of the system.
The competition for placement into UMYU is getting tougher each year due to the increasing number of applications as we had over 14,000 out of which a total of about 2,600 were admitted. You are admitted today with the oath taking to be of good conduct into various programmes situated in five Faculties of Education, Humanities, Law, Natural and Applied Sciences and Social and Management Sciences.
Our ambition at UMYU as an entity is to continuously nurture a vision of the purest scholarship, of research driven by curiosity and by the intrinsic challenge of our society. With this ambition in mind we are offering you resources to take you through and be part of that ambition to project and protect the reputation of UMYU.
So I want to congratulate you for being a member of UMYU community and to encourage you in your dedication to your studies. Your work must be driven by the logic and the power of the questions it seeks to answer, not by a ticking clock. You must learn to revel in the power of patience - in a classroom or lecture hall, in a laboratory, in the field, in a library or walking alone in the Campus.
During this week an orientation programme is planned for you, you are to ensure full participation and pay attention to the dos and don’ts. Avoid anti-social behaviors and run away as far as possible from dreaded drug abuse that is wreaking havoc in our Society.
Make a resolve to succeed and ask for God’s help and you will be where you want to be.
Welcome to Umaru Musa Yar’adua University and once again Congratulations.
Professor Idris Isa Funtua, FNMGS, FMSSN, FSESN