By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Just a fortnight the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) suspended its eight month old nationwide strike, the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, (FUOYE), on Friday, matriculated 7,433 new students.
However, the varsity authorities also used the occasion to inform the public that it had been granted approval by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCAN) to run Medicine and Surgery.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sunday Fasina,said the institution had been given the nod to commence the course with a maximum of 50 students from 2022/2023 session.
The Vice Chancellor gave the disclosure in Oye Ekiti, on Friday, during the Matriculation ceremony for the 7,433 new students admitted for the 2021/2022 session.
Prof. Fasina however warned the new students against “cultism, rape, prostitution and examination fraud”, saying perpetrators of such nefarious acts will summarily dealt with in accordance to the rules and regulations of the citadel of learning.
He expressed delight at the approval granted the university for the running of Health and Medical Science Faculty, saying this will boost the ranking of the institution by national and global agencies.
He said; “MDCAN had given us the approval to admit 50 students to begin Medicine and Surgery in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. We have facilities on ground. Facilities for Basic Medical Sciences courses will be used to kickstart the programme”.
The VC said the university has remained a citadel of learning renowned for research, moral upbringing, community service and sound academic programmes, warning the students that FUOYE is not a fertile ground for those with criminal tendencies.
He said; “Be diligent in your studies and respect our rules. I want you to respect and honour the matriculation oath that you took today. It is a bond between you and the university. Shun vices like cultism , prostitution, rape and examination fraud.
“However, we have one of the best behaved students among the Nigerian universities. No case of sexual harassment and cultism had been recorded here. We don’t tolerate such because our students have been properly baked right from inception to know that such attract outright dismissal.
“About 53,000 admission seekers applied for admission here out of which 7,433 were admitted, so this is a unique opportunity for you”.
Fasina said the university now operates 11 Faculties running full fledged courses, saying FUOYE was ranked sixth among the ivory towers operating in Nigeria, and that the tempo must be kept going.
“With this good rating, FUOYE beats some first and second generation universities in Nigeria, we beat them to it. We are also working hard to ensure that we boost our ranking . We will consolidate on the current momentum.
“Teaching, research and community services are our focus and we are fulfilling all to our people. No nation develops above its knowledge . I won’t rest until our university develops fully.
“You have to make use of the opportunity provided for you in this university. Work hard and complete your academic programmes in record times. We will work hard to ensure stability in our academic calendar, and you as students must play your own part”, Fasina said.