From Austine Tule, Makurdi
The Akawe Torkula College of Advanced and Professional Studies, Makurdi, has matriculated a total of 627 students; consisting of 538 for Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) and 87 for diploma programme for the 2018 academic session.
Speaking at the ceremony in Makurdi, the acting Rector of the College, Dr. Joseph Utor, stated that the vision of the school is centred on the maintenance of high academic excellence and urged the new students to be committed to their studies.
He pointed out that unlawful acts such as cultism, examinations malpractice, stealing, fighting and smoking in the campus, among others, would not be tolerated and warned that any students caught indulging in such activities will be severely disciplined.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar noted that the matriculation is just the beginning of the academic journey and warned that some unserious students would be shown the way out if they fail the prescribed examination.
Represented by Mr. Samuel Abagi, the Director of Higher Education in his ministry, the commissioner stated that education remain key to the government of Samuel Ortom, saying the administration is preparing the younger ones so as to take over leadership in the state in due course.
The chairman of the occasion, who is also the Executive Secretary of Benue State Scholarship Board, Dr. Isaac Igbe, called on students and staff of the college to cooperate with the new rector to ensure success in his new assignment.
Igbe commended the immediate past rector, Dr. Tyotom Keghku for restoring peace in the institution and urged the students to read so as to come out in flying colours.
On his part, the ex-rector, Keghku, charged students to concentrate on their studies, noting that the college has not been receiving grants from the state government and urged parents to always pay relevant fees to ensure the smooth running of the school.