Damaturu — College of Administrative and Business Studies (CABS), Potiskum in Yobe State has matriculated 885 students into various diploma programmes.
The 11th matriculation held at the College Convocation Ground where the oath was administered by the state's chief registrar, M. Auta.
The event attracted prominent personalities from every nook and cranny of the state, which included the representatives of the Emirs of Fiks, Pataskum, Nangere, commissioner for Education, security operatives among others.
In his address on the occasion, the Rector of the college, Malam Ali Goni Kadugum, lamented that the matriculating students were 344, School of Administrative Studies; 198, National Diploma in Public Administration; 80, National Diploma in Local Government; 66, Diploma in Library and Information Science; 260, School of Business Studies; 57, Diploma in Accountancy; 90, National Diploma in Business Administration; 33, National Diploma in Office Technology and Management; 80, Diploma in Account and Audit.
Others include 281, School of Social Development; 182, National Diploma in Social Development, and 99, Diploma in Community Development, respectively.
According to him, the slight fall from a total of 935 matriculated last year was due to stringent admission requirement and limit set by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for admissions into their various programmes.
Kadugum explained that it was one thing to secure admission and another to study hard, "live and abide by rules and regulations and obey constituted authorities to merit the award of certificate of this institution, for being found worthy in learning and character. I therefore implore our matriculating students to work hard and adhere to laid down rules and regulations of the college."
The rector further assured that "ours is a purposeful administration with the pursuit of academic excellence and discipline as its focus, willing to carry everyone along and always prepared to listen to constructive advises which will enhance the advancement of the College and education in the state."
He warned that absenteeism, indolence, rumour mongering and other forms of behaviours detrimental to the progress of the college shall not be tolerated.
Kadugum stressed that the college was trying to maintain and improve its position in the light of the recently acquired interim accreditation status. "Also efforts are at top gear to resuscitate its training and retraining programme as well as administer Civil Servants the opportunity to progress in their fields of endeavour."
According to the rector, National Communication Commission, Abuja, has donated 110 computer laptops and 100 sets of desktop computers to the college through initiatives of Universal Service Provision Funds (USPF) School Access Programme (SAP). "This gesture has gone a long way in enhancing the staff and students' appreciation of computer. It has also boosted computer holdings or stock of the college. As a result, the computer lab of the college was renovated and standardized," he said.
He listed the major challenges of the college to include absence of wall fencing, lack of standard college library, provision of additional lecture halls; lack of Internet facilities, inadequate funding and lack of utility vehicles for principal officers among others.
Highlight of the occasion include presentation of awards to hardworking staff.
Also, a philanthropist in the town, Alhaji Garba Madi, who is the managing director of ANNACO Nigeria Limited pledged to drill a borehole in the college campus as part of his contribution to the development of education in the state.