From Zara Nwachinemere, Abakaliki
The Rector, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Afikpo in Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi state, Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo, has warned newly admitted students of the institution against any form of social vices.
Ibe-Enwo, who stated this during the 40th matriculation ceremony of the school reiterated that the polytechnic does not award its certificates to students who are deficient in learning and character.
The rector said 4, 746 students were admitted into the polytechnic, and they took oath of matriculation at the event which was held at the institution.
A breakdown of the figure indicated that 2,079 were admitted into Higher National Diploma programme of the Polytechnic while 2,004 where offered admission into National Diploma programme and 663 students admitted into Part-Time National Diploma programmes which cut across six schools and thirty academic departments in the Polytechnic.
He hinted that the core values reflect the vision of the Management of the institution to nurture an institution of high standard where high-level skilled manpower would be produced for the development of Nigerian and global economy.
Ibe-Enwo urged the newly admitted students to brace up for hard work in their studies, stating that discipline and hard work constitute the only highway to success.
He stated: “I also enjoin you to avoid all forms of social vices and offences such as cultism, sexual immorality, drunkenness, examination misconduct, truancy, disobedience to constituted authority, violent protests, destruction of school properties, oppression and molestation of fellow students, theft etc as you run the risk of being expelled or denied the certificate of the Polytechnic.
“Our nation Nigeria, like many other nations in the world, is currently facing an unprecedented crisis. At its core are a global public health pandemic caused by Covid-19 and insecurity caused by breakdown of law and order and violent extremism.
“For us at Polyunwana, we are committed to protecting the lives and property of members of the Polytechnic Community as well as the health and safety of the Polytechnic Community in order to curb the spread of the raging coronavirus pandemic in the country”.