When Amina Ibrahim, an indigene of Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State completed her secondary education in 2017, she looked forward to gaining admission into the university to pursue her dream of becoming a certified nurse. The following year, she registered for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) but was denied admission despite securing the cut-off mark.
“I wrote another UTME and failed, but I never gave up. Then I made another attempt for the third time and passed. I was very happy when I received my admission letter to study for a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the Zamfara State University (ZAMSUT). I even hosted a small party in our family compound before proceeding for matriculation,” she said.
But no sooner had the footsteps of family members, friends, and well-wishers who came to celebrate with her for securing a university admission faded, than Amina began to feel frustrated.
“My happiness for securing admission into the ZAMSUT turned into bitterness because it soon dawned on me that I had entered ‘one-chance’. Since my matriculation, I have not been stable in school as an undergraduate. In 2020 we spent almost two years away from the school due to the coronavirus palaver.
“Then I realized that the school depended only on visiting lecturers because they don’t have permanent academic and non-academic staff,” said Amina, who is now in her 200-level.
She is just one out of the many students of Zamfara State University who are worried over the deteriorating state of affairs in the institution. Another student, who also reads Nursing, lamented that they had found themselves in a rather bad situation.
The 200-level student who craved anonymity said the state government was playing politics with the university.
“Zamfara is the only state in the country that didn’t have a state university before it was established by the immediate past governor, Abdulaziz Yari. When the current government took over, he suspended the university before reopening it.