By Andrew Nsoseka & Njodzeka Danhatu
After scheduling and rescheduling the deadline for admission into “the place to be”, the University of Buea, UB, Saturday, November 17, finally matriculated its 26th batch of students for the 2018/2019 academic year.
This was during a solemn ceremony at the Herbert Nganjo Endeley Amphitheatre, presided at by the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Horace Ngomo Manga. The matriculation ceremony is coming at a time when security threats are rife in the Region. But UB is resolute to continue with its mission of moulding young, patriotic and God-fearing Cameroonians.
Presiding over the matriculation ceremony, Prof. Manga said: “in the name of the Chancellor of the University and by virtue of the powers vested in me as Vice-Chancellor, I declare all these students duly matriculated at the University of Buea for the academic year 2018/2019”.
After the VC’s declaration and the signing of the matriculation document in various Faculties, the freshmen felt excited for finally enrolling into the university. However, their only worry was the security menace in the Region
Brandon Atabong Tajap, a student of the Department of Biomedical Science, said: “after this, we are going to have a lot of celebration in our various Departments. Also, we are going to start strongly with our studies. Even though things are very challenging, but we are really trying. During this time, we know when to go out and when not to. We know that on Mondays nobody goes out. All of us are aware of that…”
Another freshman, who elected for anonymity, said: “the matriculation was fine, everything went well, but for me, I was not putting on a suit, but got a t-shirt which I use to matriculate. When I am coming from Muea, a place where everyone is scared, I can’t put on a uniform to come to school because children are caught every day at the roadside, so I was scared to put on a suit. Some of the boys there know that today is our matriculation day and for that reason, I couldn’t put on my suit. Thank God I have finally matriculated.”
At the ceremonial ground, religious leaders from different denominations prayed and called on God to guide these students throughout their training.
Meanwhile, Sandra Nga Kinyuy, a student from the Nursing Department said: “It is obligatory to be present and sign the matriculation registers before UB can recognise you. I plan to study with prayers and determination. I know it can’t go only with determination because if you don’t put your trust in God, and hope only on yourself, it can’t work.”
Speaking to the press on the effectiveness of lectures in the University of Buea, the VC averred that “school has started and they have been attending classes. This is simply a traditional ritual which assures our community, students, their parents and the administration that the school is enjoying all its peace in full vitality and that it is achieving its mission. It has started operating and it is going to achieve its mission to students to give them all it has to its learners.”
On the take-home message for the students, Prof. Ngomo said “my message to the students is simply that they have chosen the right place, we as a university, are ready through our lecturers, to transmit to them all the knowledge available on campus and in return, they are expected through their behaviour to create a conducive atmosphere for them to be able to learn.”
One of the important high points of the event was the signing of a partnership agreement between UB and Orange Cameroon for education digitalisation.
Dr. Ernest Molua gave a discourse on “the art of learning for a holistic success”. During the event, the VC unveiled the newly created Departments of the University, which are “Public Administration, Performing Visual Art and the newly created Faculty of Law and Political Science.