By Ibrahim Kaulahi, Gusau
Zamfara State College of Arts and Science (ZACAS) has matriculated 1,133 2020/2021 students with the achievement of appreciable increment in enrollment of female students by 47 percent into the college for the 21st matriculation ceremony.
The Provost, Dr. Yakubu Sanusi Gusau while warning the matriculated students against involving into any act of exam malpractice and cultism, said the college was established with the mandate to among other things serve as a gateway for the students to further their education in across the universities.
“For emphasis and stocktaking, ZACAS was established with the mandate to among other things serve as a gateway for the teeming youth of the state to further their education not only in the universities but in all other tertiary institutions in the state and beyond.
“In the past 21 years of our existence as a great citadel of learning, our achievements are unprecedented, we are affiliating 10 diploma programmes with the Federal University Gusau with the sole aim providing yet another veritable platform for the teeming school leavers of the state to gain admission into the University and other universities.
“We have also applied for and fulfilled all criteria for introduction of medical technician programme, and have equally upgraded our computer based test centre for JAMB and other related computer based examinations as we have the maximum requirement of 250 systems and backups which were all purchased and maintained with our meagre resources”, Dr Gusau has stressed.
Dr. Sanusi Gusau further cried for the State Government, philanthropists and or organisations’ interventions with a view to overcome the challenges facing the college, adding that, “Some of the challenges bedevilled the college were the need to construct and rehabilitate the whole college especially laboratories, hostels, classes, halls, library, administration block, road network and drainages”.
“There were needs for official and utility vehicles, the management has never been allocated official vehicle and the last time we were given busses was in 2008. The college is also in dire need of the renovation of staff quarters and the constructions of additional ones”, the Provost added.
In his remarks, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Kabiru Balarabe Dan Isa, said his administration despite fights against security challenges, was committed to ensure total overhaul in education sector with a view to provide sound education in the state.