By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
Professor Sani Dangoggo, Vice-Chancellor of the Sokoto State University, Sokoto has reiterated the institution’s commitment to the sustenance of existing mutual understanding and benefit that exist between the University and the US Embassy, Abuja.
According to Dangoggo, the institution was practically ready to partner with education related organs for landmark academic excellence that would drive its vision to success in learning and character.
The Vice Chancellor stated this Thursday when he received the education and cultural delegation of the United States of America’s Embassy, Abuja, under the leadership of Mr. Larry Socha, who paid an official visit to the University
In a release signed and issued to reporters by the University’s Information Officer, Zayyanu Shehu said Dangoggo expressed appreciation to the American Embassy for consistently acknowledging the University among few worthy of visit for knowledge sharing as well provision of scholarship opportunities across its staff and students.
However, Professor Dangoggo further urged both The eligible members of staff and students of the University to utilize the opportunities availed them in the areas of scholarship and exchange programmes of the United States.
“I therefore, call on all members of staff and students of the University to work towards securing and benefiting from the US scholarships window.
” Note that it is a unique and rare opportunity now at our doorsteps. , All we need, is to follow the laid down procedures of accessing the scholarship”, the release quoted the Vice Chancellor as saying.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Mr. Larry Socha, told the Vice Chancellor that the visit was aimed at further considering opportunities for faculty exchange and US federal assistance available to Sokoto State University.
According to him” it also includes as study opportunities in the United States of America, scholarship and application processes to support the University’s academic standards.”
In the same vein, Socha said the synergy would also be strengthened and extended to cover students exchange programme and ICT development usually receiving attention the US Embassy.
However, Socha urged the participants, who were mainly staff and students of the University, to engage themselves to ICT driven global realities while describing as great the Sokoto Caliphate, noting that it was an empire that has for centuries been connected to the world.
It is a remarkable achievement that every citizen of Sokoto should be proud of. Connection with the outside world is what keeps nations moving towards achieving greatness; hence, the need for all staff and students of Sokoto State University to connect with the other parts of the world, however, such connection should not be only social, but all encompassing.
Accordingly, he tdescribed Nigeria as a nation-state, that was densely populatted and endowed with both human and natural resources, which impress donor agencies and thus provide opportunities for the US scholarship programme.
In a brief speech, the Registrar of the University, Hajiya Amina Yusuf Garba, MON, who is one time participant of US funded programme thanked the officials of the US Embassy for the visit and gave words of encouragement to staff and students. She similarly called on them not relent in their efforts towards accessing the scholarship opportunities.