Freshmen Orientation: Prof. Gwarzo warns Students Against Drug Abuse

The Founder and Chairman Governing Council of Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Prof. Adamu Abubakar Gwarzo has warned students of the University against indulging in drug abuse, saying anyone found in the act will be dismissed.

Prof. Gwarzo gave the warning on Thursday, 8th December, 2022, during the Orientation exercise organized by MAAUN Kano for its 2022/2023 Freshmen held at the School of Social and Management Sciences (SMSC).

He said the University has zero tolerance for drug abuse hence the reason candidates seeking admission into the institution were subjected to drug test as pre-condition for admission.

Prof. Gwarzo who is the President of the Association of African Private Universities (AAPU), charged the newly admitted students to be of good moral character so as to reflect the good image of the institution.

According to him, the students of MAAUN should not only pursue academic excellence, but rather they should be innovative in order to achieve their wildest dream in life.

While urging the students to concentrate on their studies with all seriousness, Prof. Gwarzo advised them to shun bad companies in order not to get distracted from their studies.

Earlier in his welcome address, the President of MAAUN Kano, Prof. ( Dr.) Mohammad Israr urged the new students to live a responsible life and avoid anything that would tarnish the good image of University.

"As students of MAAUN, you must uphold certain basic values. Some of these include; respect for the rights of others, differences and dignities of others; honesty and integrity in all dealings; commitment to the pursuit  of excellence in your academic work; and accountability for your actions and for your conduct. 

I wish to congratulate each and every ‘fresher’ first on having secured your admission to this University and second for choosing Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria as your University of choice. 

"The primary purpose of this orientation is to help you understand the nature of the University, the educational opportunities available to you, and the central objective of the University as an academic enterprise," Dr. Israr said.

He commended students for displaying good conduct and enthusiasm for classroom activities hoping that the students will be great ambassadors of the University in the future. 

In his vote of thanks, the Vice President Administration, Dr. Habib Awais Abubakar congratulated the new students for being lucky to get admission into the University and urged them to always be good ambassadors of the  institution.

He commented the NDLEA officials for their indepth presentation on the dangers associated with drug abuse especially among students.

Four papers were presented at the occasion. The first paper was presented by the Director, Institute of Africa Higher Education Research and Innovation (IAHERI), Prof. Abubakar Sadiq Haruna on American University System and MAAUN Code of Conduct on Campus.

The second was presented by Ag. Director, Academic Planning and Qualify Assurance, Dr. Nura A. Yaro on An Overview of MAAUN Academic Activities while the third paper presented by Ag. Director, Health Services, Dr. Muhammad Lawal Tahir on MAAUN Health Services.

Similarly, the Assistant State Commandant, Drug Demand Reduction Unit of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mrs Aishatu Hamida presented a paper on MAAUN Zero Tolerance Policies on Drug Abuse.

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