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Governor Dr. Umar Dikko Radda Of Katsina State Announces Automatic Jobs for 1st Class Graduates of UMYU


Katsina State Governor, Malam Dikko Umaru Radda, reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to education development during the combined 9th-13th convocation ceremony of Umaru Musa Yar’adua University (UMYU) on Saturday. In a significant move to boost educational excellence, Governor Radda, who serves as the Visitor to the University, offered automatic appointments to all indigenes of Katsina State who graduated with a first-class degree from UMYU.


Financial Support for Students

Governor Radda also announced the approval of ₦555,897,648.00 for bursary allowances to 37,799 Katsina State students studying at various institutions of higher learning across the nation. This includes ₦174,293,160 for 11,605 fresh students of the 2021/2022 academic session and ₦381,914,588 for 26,194 continuing students of the 2022/2023 academic session.

Earlier in his tenure, the Governor settled outstanding scholarship allowances amounting to ₦648,000,000 for the 2020/2021 (fresh students) and 2021/2022 (continuing students) academic sessions. This demonstrates his administration’s dedication to supporting students financially and ensuring their academic pursuits are not hindered by financial constraints.

Strategic Focus on Education

Governor Radda emphasized that education is a strategic policy priority for his administration. He highlighted ongoing efforts to improve the standard of education across Katsina State, which include:

  • Upgrading infrastructure and facilities in existing schools.
  • Building new schools to accommodate increasing student enrollment.
  • Recruiting additional qualified teachers.
  • Enhancing student enrollment through various initiatives.

Moreover, the Governor announced initiatives aimed at enhancing the skills and productivity of the state’s workforce through comprehensive training and retraining programs.

Alignment with National Agenda

Governor Radda aligned his administration with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s “Renewed Hope Agenda,” aiming to position Katsina as both an educational vanguard and an agricultural hub. He acknowledged the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for its crucial role in supporting infrastructure development at UMYU and highlighted the state government’s financial contributions, particularly in supporting university staff pursuing higher degrees at various institutions.

Call for Diversification and Financial Commitment

Looking ahead, Governor Radda urged the university management to explore alternative revenue generation models, taking cues from successful diversification programs undertaken by other universities. He reaffirmed the state government’s commitment to fulfilling its financial obligations, ensuring the prompt release of funds for the institution’s running costs, staff training, and development initiatives.

Celebrating Academic Excellence

The 9th-13th convocation ceremony celebrated the graduation of 10,868 students across various disciplines, awarding Bachelor’s Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, Master’s Degrees, and Ph.D. degrees. The ceremony also included the conferment of Honorary Doctorate Degrees on former Governors of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari and Sa’idu Barda, alongside Alhaji Garba Ammani and Hajiya Hassu Iro Inko.

In a noteworthy announcement, Governor Radda appointed Wazirin Katsina, Senator Ibrahim Ida, as the new Chancellor of UMYU.

Appreciations and Future Vision

Professor Salihu Muhammad, Vice-Chancellor of UMYU, expressed his appreciation for Governor Radda’s unwavering dedication to education. He thanked distinguished guests for their participation, congratulated the graduating class on their achievements, and emphasized the significance of the ceremony in celebrating academic excellence and fostering a brighter future through education.


Ibrahim Kaula Mohammed Chief Press Secretary to Katsina State Governor

25 May, 2024

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