By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan (UI), Professor Idowu Olayinka on Friday declared that there is no short cut to admission into the University of Ibadan as the Premier University will continue to maintain its outstanding quality.
Professor Olayinka who stated this while delivering his speech at the 2017/2018 UI Matriculation Ceremony held at the International Conference Center, University of Ibadan emphasized that the university will at all times goes for the best.
The Vice Chancellor stated that as a result of this, University of Ibadan has remained ” the first and the best university in Nigeria ” and that the university will at all times goes for the best to sustain its set standard.
“With the very high quality of our intakes on account of the rigorous and transparent admission process. It is much easier for the camel to pass through the eye of the needle than for a UTME applicant to secure admission into this institution. We make bold to state here that our admission is easily the most competitive among all the universities in the Nigerian University system.” he said.
Buttressing this, the Vice Chancellor said the admission exercise in UI remained the most competitive in Nigeria, with only 3,514 applicants making it to the University from the initial 53,513 candidates who applied to the University and met the national cutoff point.
According to Professor Olayinka, by gaining admission to University of Ibadan, the matriculating students ” have attained an uncommon feat, saying, ‘ I am sure your neighours will now regard you with some measures of respect because this university remains the first and the best University “
“You have attained an uncommon feat by being admitted to UI. I am sure your neighours will now regard you with some measures of respect because this university remains the first and the best university in Nigeria “,
Professor Olayinka stated that to make best of the ” uncommon feat” , there is the need for the matriculating students to make success out of the uncommon feat by being “diligent, focused, avoid cultism and drug abuse” adding , that since they are no longer under the prying eyes of their parents, they should be more mature in attitude and disposition.
Emphasizing that the best way to succeed in University of Ibadan “is to be passionately prepared for the intellectual rigour of the institution”, the Vice Chancellor urged the new students to shun bad company, drug abuse and be security conscious adding that,” success in any race is not determined by the starting point, but by adequate preparation which is the antidote to poor performance”
“Academic performances suffers greatly from the use of these drugs and graduating with a decent grade may be incompatible with regular drug use. A student might find himself or herself sleeping through lecture periods while under the influence of the drugs or unable to report for examination as well.
These drugs have direct toxic effect on the brain causing reversible (sometimes irreversible) damages to the brain which may manifest as seizures in a previously non epileptic young person.’.
The Vice Chancellor added that “the assault on the brain may also cause a young person to become suddenly psychotic manifesting by seeing and talking to unseen people and behaving abnormally. Other organs of the body also take a hit from the drugs especially the liver and kidney.” adding that ” the
University in collaboration with other organization including National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has put in place a programme to assist students with substance abuse issue”
Speaking further, Professor Olayinka while charging the students to obey the rules and regulations of the university, be prompt in the continuous assessment avoid associating with undesirable groups and associations as well as avoid examination malpractices assured that the University’s Management will improve on the existing structures in the Institution.
Professor Olayinka gave the breakdown of the Matriculating students as Agriculture (241), Arts (620), College of Medicine (581) and Education (691). Law (165), Renewable and Natural Resources (178), Science (631), Technology (376), The Social Sciences (378) and veterinary Medicine (99), adding that with the new admission, the success rate for admission in the institution currently stands at 6.6 percent for UTME students while that of the direct entry admission stands at 16.8 percent.
Delivering the Matriculation lecture titled “Start well and finish great”, the MD/CEO of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Dr Demola Sogunle tasked the Matriculating students to be focused, hard working, and passionate about success as well as manage their times efficiently and avoid distractions, stressing that the world respects the best and the outstanding.