From Steve Oko, Umuahia
Vice Chancellor, Abia State University Uturu ( ABSU), Prof. Uche Ikonne , has tasked parents and guardians to closely monitor their children and wards who were admitted into the university to prevent them from joining bad gangs.
Ikonne, who gave the charge during the 36th matriculation ceremony of the university which witnessed the admission of 6, 483 new students into the various programmes of the university, said parents should partner with the institution in instilling discipline in the students for sound moral life.
His words: “I plead with parents, guardians and sponsors of these our students to monitor their company and spare time to know where they live. This will assist us in keeping them focused in their studies and avoid a truncated academic history”.
The VC, who maintained that expulsion remained the inevitable but not the only sanction for exam malpractices and cultism, warned students to abstain from such as well as other vices as the university management under his watch has zero tolerance for all manner of bad behaviour.
He also charged students to take their studies seriously and strive to distinguish themselves in their various courses of study in order to excel and enhance the university’s acclaimed reputation as “centre of excellence”.
Ikonne, who is widely applauded for his academic expansion drive and visionary leadership strides, announced that two new academic programmes – Anatomy, and Physiology – had been introduced in the university.
These, he noted, were in addition to Engineering, Public Health, Survey and Geo- Informatics that were recently introduced less than three years he took over as VC.
He also announced the establishment of the Institute for Continuing Education which , according to him houses part-time programmes in undergraduate, postgraduate, postgraduate diploma and certificate courses.
The VC declared that all programmes of the university enjoy full accreditation status from both the National Universities Commission and other respective regulatory bodies.