VC charges students to be studious, cautions against vices

There was an atmosphere of celebration at the University of Africa Toru-Orua, in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State when 303 students were matriculated to pursue various degrees in its fully accredited 21 courses on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

Delivering his welcome address at the colourful fifth matriculation ceremony, which was held at the University Multi-Purpose Hall; Vice Chancellor Prof. Kingston Nyampfene charged matriculants to commit themselves to their academic goal and learn skills offered by UAT to cope in an ever increasing competitive world.

Prof. Nyampfene  urged them to imbibe the University’s core values of hardwork, discipline and excellence in their pursuit of knowledge at the institution as they join the global community of scholars and cautioned them against engaging in vices.

He said since its establishment by the Bayelsa State Government in 2017 with a World Class vision, the University has evolved into a cohesive learning community driven by a common purpose and assured students that UAT will equip them rightly in both character and learning to meet individual responsibilities and provide knowledge-driven solutions to global challenges. 

Prof. Nyampfene said the huge investments in Information Communication Technology in partnership with the Bayelsa State Education Development Trust Fund at UAT provides students and staff ready access to information on endless research opportunities and enjoined the new students to take advantage of it.

He noted that the matriculants represent a new hope for the development of Nigeria and the African continent.

Some students, Victoria Woko, Hali Halima and Vincent Emmanuel, expressed excitement and burning desire to impart society and make their families proud.

The students are pursuing degree programmes in the four faculties of: Agriculture, Arts and Education, Basic and Applied Sciences, as well as Social and Management Sciences.

Cultural performance by the UAT Arts troope spiced up the event.