The joy of pursuing higher education by 920 males and female, young Nigerians, came to fruition recently as the Taraba Polytechnic, Jalingo upgraded their provisional admission status as full students of the institution.
The matriculation ceremony witnessed by top government officials, management of the polytechnic, family and friends of the new entrants, no doubt signified a new phase in the lives of joyous students as they swore to the oath of matriculation for the commencement of the 2014/2014 academic year collectively.
Rector of the institution, Mr. Gladson Dogo Sallah in his welcome address congratulated the matriculated students on successfully scaling over the various verification processes to gain admission into the polytechnic.
His words, "Today mark a turning point in your life by virtue of this memorable matriculation. This brief ceremony, which is the culmination of weeks of the registration exercise qualifies you to be duly registered students of this prestigious institution, thereby making you an integral part of the polytechnic family.
"On behalf of the Governing Council, Management, staff and the continuing students I wish to felicitate with you as you have just taken the matriculation oath to be of good conduct and decorum in the pursuit of your educational goals," he added.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mr. William Lamu, assured the Polytechnic community that the challenges facing the institution would be tackled by the Arc. Darius Ishaku led administration in the state.
In an interview with Daily Independent, an excited student of building construction in the engineering department, Ode Paul Ogaji said, "This is the day I have been waiting for, I am now a full-fledged student of the Taraba state Polytechnic".