By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu, has warned new students to desist from cultism and other forms of crimes, saying that appropriate sanctions would be meted out to those found to belong to nocturnal organizations and cult groups.
He gave the warning at the 40th matriculation ceremony of the institution held at the Abraham Ordia Stadium, involving over 9,200 students for the 2017/2018 academic session.
Akpagu, while welcoming parents and well-wishers of the matriculating students, noted that the occasion marks the official entry of every new student into the higher institution of learning since it is a statutory gathering to formally admit deserving and qualified candidates that have been offered admission into the institution.
The ceremony, he said also signifies the conclusion of the admission processes for the year disclosing a total number of 9200 candidates were offered admission from a total number of 37, 278 candidates who applied to the University of Calabar to study various courses being offered in the institution.
He advised students to imbibe some of the best University tradition and culture in the course of studying to include: payment of School changes as at when due, Faculty and Departmental Registration.
Others include; procurement of School identity cards (from UNICALCONS) as well as enrolment with approved social groups and associations noting that the registered associations would provide them with leadership training which could be very valuable to them in the future.
Akpagu informed the freshmen that they are not expected in any way or manner to socialize with any associations that has been proscribe by the University such as the infamous “secret cults” noting that the penalties for any misconduct are contained in the University Handbook.
While advising them to show respect to colleagues and staff of the University so as to make their stay fruitful and productive, Prof Akpagu urged them to be modest and decent in their dressing and approach to issues.
He called on the freshmen to keep to the tenets and ideals of the institution as the university will continue to provide a safer environment for teaching and learning, as well as equipping them to become what they want to be after their duration of their stay.
He assured students of maximum security in the University while appealing that they should not hesitate to report any suspicious activities to the Dean, Students Affairs, Security Officers and the Courses Advisers.
According to him, the institution is working assiduously in ensuring that the University is put on the global map, hence; going into collaboration and linkages that are yielding very positive dividends to the university community.
He disclosed that the university is on the verge of achieving uninterrupted power supply via an ongoing Solar Energy Project with the German Government, including Scholarship awarded to 47 deserving Students with a commitment to make it an annual event by the people Republic of China through her Embassy in Nigeria as well as the introduction of Korean Studies into the Curriculum of the Bassey Andah Centre for African and Asian Studies.