From Chidi Asonye, Umuahia
Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State, has matriculated 3,532 students for the 2019/2020 academic session.
Out of the number, 3212 students were admitted into the university’s full time undergraduate programmes while 204 others were given admission into the part time programmes of the institution.
Similarly, a total of 116 matriculated into the university’s PostGraduate programmes.
Speaking during the 27th matriculation ceremony which took place at the weekend, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Francis Otunta, tasked the newly admitted students to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the institution to avoid jeopardizing the real reasons they came into the school.
“The problems of this country have been compounded by those who boast of all kinds of degrees but have no character. No country makes progress when such people are in the majority.
“The university has no intention of contributing to this stock of potential leaders. We are the vanguard for a better Nigeria and a better tomorrow as we insist that our graduates must be found worthy indeed, in character as well as in learning,” he said.
Prof. Otunta posited that the Senate of the institution has resolved to confront all forms of anti social behaviour while warning those who engage in or are planning to engage in cultism, extort and intimidate fellow students to have a rethink as the institution has zero tolerance for anti social behaviour and other tendencies.
His words: “As a consequence, cultism, examination malpractice, indecent dressing, extortion, violent behaviour of any description, sexual harassment, prostitution and other manifestations of anti social behaviour have no place in this university.”
He assured the newly admitted students of the commitment of the university to giving them sound and functional education that will make them worthy and confident professionals, well prepared for the global society and for successful careers, and fully adapted to the demands of a technologically advancing world.