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ADDRESS BY THE VICE-CHANCELLOR, ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA
UNIVERSITY, BAUCHI, PROF. M. A. ABDULAZEEZ ON THE OCCASION OF THE MATRICULATION
CEREMONY OF THE 2018/2019 FRESH STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY ON FRIDAY 31ST
MAY 2019, IN THE 1000 SEAT CAPACITY LECTURE THEATRE

 

Principal Officers of the University

Members of the University Senate

Deans and Directors

Coordinators of Department

Staff and Students of the University

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

It is my pleasure to welcome you to this
very important occasion of 2018/2019 matriculation ceremony. It is an annual
event that formally admits fresh students into the main stream of our academic
community. I therefore, congratulate you on this rare opportunity. For sure, as
I speak, tens of thousands of other less fortunate Nigerian youths are out
there wishing they were you.

There
is no gainsaying the fact that many Nigerian Universities face common
challenges of cultism, examination malpractice, improper dressing, immorality,
drug abuse and other vices. Let me stress right away that the Abubakar Tafawa
Balewa University has zero tolerance for all of these misconducts. We want to
believe that your predecessors must have given you a hint on how this
University frowns at these social disorders. With the matriculation oath that
has just been administered on you, the full weight of rules and regulations
would dispassionately fall on any offender irrespective of who, or whose, you
are. Don’t say you were not warned beforehand.

My
dear students, your success in this University will depend on how well you know
and understand the workings of the system. This fact makes the orientation
programme compulsory for all fresh students. Over the years, we have observed
that some students who make certain terrible mistakes were usually those who
did not take advantage of the orientation programme. You are therefore, advised
to apply yourselves diligently to the matriculation exercise and take full
advantage of the orientation exercise.

Distinguished
ladies and gentlemen, I would now want to devote the next few minutes to some
key issues I consider very critical in cultivating a winning attitude as you
begin your studies here. Have you ever noticed that most people seem to be not
bad or okay at things? Then there are those few who are good or even excellent
at whatever they do. What actually separates them from most? It could be a gift
from God perhaps, or maybe luck. True it could sometimes be luck. But
thankfully the good news is that his isn’t the case. All of us can indeed be
winners. We all have the ability to be great so long as we behave in more
productive ways.

KNOW THE ENVIRONMENT

Knowing
and understanding the rules of the game is perhaps the most important part of
playing it. Certainly you can’t expect to get anywhere in a competition of
which you don’t know the rules of engagement. You are unlikely to win if you
don’t know how. Therefore to win, you have to know what is not allowed so you
can avoid actions that will get you penalized. In other words, you need to know
how much room you have to maneuver and how to avoid getting in trouble.
Luckily, you have the student’s handbook to advise you regarding the dos and
don’ts of the University. I urge you to study the book carefully and abide by
the regulations.

BE ENTHUSIASTIC

Your
ability cultivates enthusiasm about what you have chosen to do here will be
very crucial. Sometime, one does not get his first course in the University and
this surely may affect his motivation, but it doesn’t have to do to be so. My
appeal to you at this point, is for you to cultivate the needed enthusiasm
about the course you have ended up with. This is because a man can succeed at
almost anything for which he has an unlimited enthusiasm. Enthusiasm enables
you to control the emotional climate of any given situation. Be happy and
content with the course you have chosen or haven been given to study, have the
needed passion for it and be self-motivated. Also remember that God has
ordained that you should be here at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University and
has chosen for you this course to study. Nothing really happens by chance.

PLANNING IS CRUCIAL

One
of the primary ingredients of success in anything in life is your ability to
plan. During the course of your study period here, you will discover that
sometimes, you may have several competing demands on your limited time. What
will help you to get things done in an orderly manner will be your ability to
anticipate these demands on your time, make the necessary provisions for them
and allow room for flexibility. This way, you know well ahead of time what
needs to be done, when and how. When you plan your activities well ahead of
time, you have a clear sense of direction or vision. This way, you have the
opportunity to analyze various alternative courses of action, properly allocate
your resources including time, thereby drastically reducing uncertainties and
unnecessary panicking. This will enable you to have a clear blue print against
which you will be able to measure your success or failure. I will encourage you
to make it a habit to plan your activities ahead and I assure you that you will
never regret it. Remember that he who fails to plan is actually planning to
fail.

BE FOCUSED

Distinguished
ladies and gentlemen, in addition to planning and enthusiasm you need to have
focus. In life, there are so many distractions which have the potential to
distract anyone from his or her goals. At times, we are attracted by these
distractions and tend to follow paths we have not earlier planned to pursue. An
American investor, Thomas Boone Pickens, said “The older I get, the more I see straight path where I want to go. If
you are going to hunt elephants, don’t get off the trail for a rabbit.”
This
clearly shows that, focus is very important in life when one wants to achieve
one’s goals in life. Your ability to focus on your goals, will among other
things, help you to reach decisions quickly and firmly by saving time and
energy which you would otherwise have wasted while wavering through possible
courses of your journey.

BE POSITIVE

There
are two groups of people generally-optimists and pessimists. Some people will
say the glass is half full while others will look at it as half empty. A
positive attitude leads to happiness and success and can change your whole
life. If you look at the bright side of life, your whole life becomes filled
with light. The light affects only you and the way you look at the world, but
also your whole environment and the people around you. If it is strong enough,
it becomes contagious. If you cultivate a positive attitude in life generally,
you stand to benefit from achieving goals and attaining success by looking at
the bright side of issues instead of groaning and nagging about negative things
and being pessimistic. You must be optimists and believe that you are
accountable for good things and these good things will generally come your way.
If something bad comes instead, treat it as only an isolated incident and
believe that things will be better in the future. You may get poor grade in a
course which situation has the tendency to bring you down. Do not lose hope,
for you have the opportunity to take it again. After all, you are not and will
not be the first or last to fail a paper and take it again; many great men have
treaded similar path in the past. No matter how gloomy the situation may be, be
positive and remember what Anthony J. D’Angelo said “Where you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own
sunshine”
.

AVOID CULTISM, DRUG ABUSE,
EXAMINATION MALPRACTICE AND OTHER FORMS OF CORRUPTION

The
higher institutions cannot operation in absolute isolation from the communities
where they are found. Cult activities are prevalent in the society and have
unfortunate infiltrated part of the higher education system. Such negative
conditions as overcrowding, deteriorated facilities, admissions malpractice and
inadequately challenging academic programmes have been blamed for encouraging
the emergence of secret cults in the system. Cult activities have had an
extremely negative impact on learning and discipline in the institutions.
Illicit use of drugs has become a common engagement among the youth in all
levels of education. In most cases, the addicts who are supposed to be the
pride of the nation and a good number of cases are, otherwise quite promising,
are left in the hands of the law enforcement agents to become wastes.

Finally,
let me acknowledge with thanks, the numerous support we have been getting from
our stakeholders, our immediate host community and the Bauchi State Government,
for their contribution toward the development of the University.

Before
I conclude, let me inform you that we have just matriculated a total of 4,194
students with breakdown as follows:

1.      Faculty
of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology                  237

2.      Faculty
of Engineering and Engineering Technology                 938

3.      Faculty
of Environmental Technology                                         677

4.      Faculty
of Management Sciences                                                 386

5.      Faculty
of Science                                                                         1,136

6.      Faculty
of Technology Education                                                  789

7.      College
of Medical Sciences                                                          55

Total                                                                                                4,194

 

















































































Thank
you.

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