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Bauchi Versity Emerges Center of Excellence as VC Bags Excellence Award

The efforts of Bauchi State Governor, Architect Bala Mohammed, in the educational sector in his state are paying off. This can be noted through the actions of Prof. Auwal Uba, Bauchi State University vice-chancellor.

Last week, during the matriculation ceremony for incoming students, Prof. Auwal Uba, the Vice-Chancellor of Bauchi State University Gadau, was given an award as the most “active Vice-Chancellor” in Nigeria by the Morocco-based African Students Parliament.

Mr. Simon Sayor, Speaker African Students Parliament during his citation, commended Prof. Uba for the landmark developments he initiated as the VC Bauchi State University. Sayor said that no VC has developed any higher institution in terms of infrastructural facilities and academics as Prof Auwal has done.

Mr. Sayor also commended the students of the institution for responding to their vice-chancellor and being as proactive as Uba.

In line with the pursuit of academic excellence, a target set by Governor Bala Mohammed, Bauchi State University has become the 7th university in Nigeria to run a Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Many institutions find it difficult to run D.Pharm courses due to the high financial, academic cum facilities that the program needed.

Nonetheless, Prof. Auwal Uba fulfilled his promise that BASUG would run the program this year.

The Vice-Chancellor was at his vintage best when choosing the matriculation ceremony to announce that the Doctor of Pharmacy is a reality.

“Last year, we made a promise that we would admit students into the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences for the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Prof. Uba continued:

It is gratifying to report that, by Allah’s Grace, we have admitted 60 students for the program after successfully passing the resource verification exercises by both the National Universities Commission and the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria.

“We are among the only 7 universities in Nigeria that offer the Doctor of Pharmacy program,” Uba added.

Still, on the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Desert Herald Newspaper saw a set of equipment procured by BASUG for the faculty.

According to Dr. Yahaya Katagum, the equipment purchased is for the production of drugs such as paracetamol and other medicines in tablet form.

Katagum said,

“We received some heavy types of machinery which include the tabulating machines.

The tabulating machine is used to make all sorts of tablets that you know, including paracetamol, Ventolin, and many more.

“Secondly, we also have the granulating machine, which stirs, turns, and fumes the powdery substance called the active pharmaceutical ingredients and turns them into granules.”

We have received the ingratiating machine and many others.

“We also have an impressive and modern laboratory called the formulating lab. All the machines are kept at the formulating lab and from there we churn out many products.

Dr. Katagum, who is the Dean of Pharmaceutical Sciences, further exuded confidence in the ability of the institution to successfully teach students of Doctor of Pharmacy with all the equipment and laboratories that BASU has.

“As you can see, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences has all the facilities, the equipment, the specimen, and laboratories to impart know into our students. I can assure you that after rounding up their courses, we would have the best graduating students”.

Speaking further about the D.Pharm degree, Dr. Katagum stated that the program is a step above a degree in Pharmacy and is intended to train professionally trained pharmacists in the country.

Katagum further revealed that apart from BASUG, only two higher institutions in Nigeria and the West African region have been able to get hold of the equipment.

Katagum also praised the efforts of Prof. Auwal Uba, who he said ensured that the Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty got all the materials that they asked for.

I must commend the visionary leadership of Prof. Auwal Uba for making sure that we list our master plan and our strategic plan and then implement them one after the other.


Due to the concerted effort put in by the management and staff of the Institution led by Prof Auwal Uba, Bauchi State  University, Gadau has become the hub of prospecting students nationwide and beyond.

Over 19000 candidates applied for admission to BASUG during the recently completed Joint Admissions and Matriculation (JAMB).

The quantum leap in the number of those seeking placement in the Institution is due to the academic performances of the students who have been groomed.

Prof. Auwal Uba further explains

Records before us indicate that more than 19,000 applicants chose the university as their first choice for studies in the 2021–2022 Academic Session. Of these 3, 688 were successful and therefore admitted into the various academic programs across the 4 campuses of the university at Gadau, Bauchi, Jama’are, and Misau.

The Vice-Chancellor further explained that due to the competitive nature of the selection process, only 3688 were admitted into the various faculties.

“With this high number of applicants, the pressure on the selection process was high and very tight. The admitted students are distributed as follows:

Agriculture – 157

2. Arts – 279

3. Fundamental Medical Sciences-276

Education -724

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6. Management Sciences –  446

60. Pharmaceutical Sciences


9. Social  Sciences –

Speaking exclusively to Desert Herald Newspaper, a consultant on educational and political matters based in Abuja, Alhaji Aminu Dogo explained that if you follow the trajectory of Prof, you wi understate that he is a goal-getter. Whatever he set out to achieve he will achieve it.

He also praised Governor Bala Mohammed for giving the Vice-Chancellor a free hand to implement all the developmental plans he had for the institution.

He added that “Arch Bala Mohammed is also a very visionary and charismatic leader who is keen on developing Bauchi State University, College Education, College Agriculture, and other various institutions in the state”.

The President of the African Students Parliament, Sayor, also gave kudos to the state governor for being the architect of the educational development of the state.

Sayor said, “ever since Bala Mohammed became the Governor of Bauchi State, education has taken a giant leap forward.”

He had nothing but praise for the VC of BASUG as well.

Choosing Bauchi State University as an institution of the first choice out of the numerous Universities in this country is a clear confirmation of the confidence that you have in use for our high moral standard and academic excellence. I would like, on behalf of all of us at Bauchi State University to assure you in unequivocal terms that we are determined to uphold, protect, and ensure the peaceful stay of all of you in the University. All our stakeholders are fully supportive and cooperative in striving to achieve that. By the Grace of the Almighty Allah, we will not disappoint you.

Last year, we made a promise that we would admit students into the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences for the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

It is gratifying to report that, by Allah’s Grace, we have admitted 60 students for the program after successfully passing the resource verification exercises by both the National Universities Commission and the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria.

We are among the only seven universities in Nigeria that offer the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

My dear students, your presence here is a testimony of your ambition and determination to become somebody important in the future, and from this day forward, you will be ambassadors of this university. I hope you will associate your name with confidence with Bauchi State University and say it with pride. We will continue to strive to give you the best.

The significance of the matriculation ceremony is indeed important in the life of every tertiary institution. It is a day set aside to consummate the process of admitting students. On this occasion, fresh students are made to take an oath of allegiance to constituted authority and to commit themselves to peaceful living and coexistence as members of the university community. In other words, matriculation confers on the participating candidate’s full membership of the institution, having fulfilled all requirements. Flowing from this, every matriculated student is entitled to all rights and privileges recognized by the university authorities, which include the right to access information in the library and the enjoyment of all available teaching and learning facilities in the university.

On the other hand, as full members of the university community, it is part of your obligations to maintain law and order, protect the university’s properties, respect the rights of your fellow students, and report any criminal activities to the university authorities. In light of the above, we hope that you will allow all these obligations to guide your conduct throughout your stay at the university. You must be completely dedicated to your studies and be able to justify your selection from among the thousands who applied to study here.

Your admission to the university is an achievement, and therefore, you are enjoined to study hard to excel in your academic pursuits. While I am congratulating you for being found suitable for admission, you should count yourselves among the lucky ones who became successful after the process.

The university is a center for learning and character molding for students. The core values also reflect the vision of Bauchi State University, which is to become a center of excellence in scholarship in as many academic disciplines as may be needed in response to the intellectual and other development needs of the people of Bauchi State, in particular, and the nation at large.

This university has zero-tolerance for anti-social vices. To avoid expulsion, you must avoid cultism, sexual misbehavior, indecent dressing, examination malpractices, thuggery, fraudulent acts, and other nefarious activities. I assure you that all the campuses of the university are safe places to live and are conducive to learning. Do not allow selfish individuals or groups to hijack and use you for their selfish interests.

It is worrisome today that the majority of our youth have lost the virtues of hard work, honesty, punctuality, and a sense of morality. It is at this juncture that I enjoin you to inculcate the culture of hard work and honesty, always be punctual in your academic activities, and strive to be morally upright.

It is important to realize that you are not only here to acquire knowledge, but also to be molded in character, so that you can become assets to your families, communities, and the country at large.

Therefore, during your stay here, your lecturers and support staff will, through their exemplary lifestyles and moral preachment, take you through rigorous but rewarding moral and academic training.

I assure you, our doors are open to you at all times. The Student Affairs Division shall be your point of call for matters about your welfare and that of your respective Deans and Heads of Departments for academic matters. This university is indeed lucky to have a Student Representative Council (SRC) leadership that is highly responsible, up and doing, and committed to the development of the university. Please cooperate with them as they will guide and assist you so that you can have a smooth sail during your academic and social pursuits.

There is no gainsaying the fact that the use of Social Media is the vogue in our society today. You are advised to use it for only positive things that will add value to your stay at the University.  In line with the extant rules of the University, no student is permitted to publish anything concerning the University without the written permission of the Vice-Chancellor through the office of the Registrar or Dean of Student Affairs as the case may be. You are therefore advised not to take the laws into your hands.  Any violation of this rule will not go unpunished.

There will be an orientation program designed for your benefit at the level of your faculties and departments. I advise all of you to attend all through as it will help you a lot.

Finally, I wish to re-emphasize the need for you all to take your studies very seriously. As a result, I am looking forward to the successful completion of your various programs in record time.

Once again, congratulation to all the students who have just been matriculated, and wish you success in the years ahead.

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