Rains threatened matriculation in Jos


Heavy down pour Saturday in Jos, plateau state almost disrupted the 17th matriculation ceremony of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in the state.
The rains which started as early as six in the morning prevented a lot matriculating students and guest invited for the programme hence the stipulated time of 10:00am for the commencement of the ceremony had to be shifted by almost hours.

When the programme eventually started, less than three hundred of the over eight hundred matriculating students were present at the ceremony according to Iliya Ewuga Saleh the Senior Assistant Registrar of the centre who represented the Registrar and administered the matriculation oath to the students.
However, the Centre Director Jos study centre Prof. James Timothy represented the Vice Chancellor at the ceremony declared the occasion opened and read the Vice Chancellor’s message.
In Abuja, despite the rains, students of the special study centre for the National Union of Roads Transport Workers (NURTW) Garki-Abuja defile the rains to attend the matriculation ceremony which took place at the University’s headquarters Jabi Abuja.
Prof. Hakeem Ibikunle Tijani, the centre Director represented and read the Vice Chancellor’s message at the occasion. He added “This Centre feels highly favored and privileged to be the first among all centres in the federation to be granted the right to conduct it’s matriculation ceremony here at the convocation square. We thank the VC alot and his team”. 

Although the centre matriculated over nine hundred students according to the centre Director, our correspondent notice a little above one hundred students mostly young people in attendance.
The ceremony attracted the presence of Deans and Directors as well as National officials of the NURTW.
At the Abuja model study centre, two thousand one hundred and fifty eight students matriculated at a well attended ceremony populated by mostly young people.
Prof. Sanni Ayodele Micheal Centre Director Abuja model centre represented the Vice Chancellor while the Director Academic Registry NOUN Tayo Oluwola  represented the Registrar and administer the matriculation oath to the students.

In his speech, the Vice Chancellor assures the university will continue to push forward for academic infrastructures and charges students to see character development as an integral part of academic development.
From Otukpo community study centre Benue state, comes the report a Reverend Sister among other civil servants matriculated. According to Mrs Margaret Habu acting overseer.