By; ADAMA JOHN, Lokoja
The Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, Dr. Salisu Usman Ogbo has warned students to steer clear of cultism and other related vices that have dented the image of the Polytechnic.
The Rector gave the warning, while speaking at the matriculation ceremony of 2023/2024 session held at the main campus of the institution in Lokoja, recently.
To the Rector, the warning became important as the polytechnic has zero tolerance for all forms of social vices that have become the norms of the students against their studies.
Such social vices include cultism, gun-running, examination malpractice, drug abuse, alcoholic addiction, unhealthy social gathering, cybercrimes, incitement to violence, gangsterism, destruction of public property, stealing and indecent dressing among others.
The Rector in a construed language stressed that the only option left for the students to escape the dangling debacle is for them to eschew participation in the the aforementioned social vices that have done untold dent to the image of the polytechnic.
“My simple warning is for you to stay away from these vices to avoid running afoul of the law. Any breach will attract the appropriate penalty, including outright expulsion and prosecution” he said.
He advised the students to take advantage of Information Handbook that will be distributed to them their various departments and digest the contents tyou through your respective departIgnorance of the law has no place in the institution and will not be condoned.
It may interest you to know that we have specifically put in place all visible and invisible security architectures in strategic places to deal with cultists, their sympathisers and sponsors.
He also advised to report any move intended to intimidate and lure you into or enlist you into cultism.
“We encourage you to be sterling examples of what moral discipline is. You are advised to dress modestly and in accordance with the acceptable standards. Undue exposure of body parts is considered provocative to the sensibilities of others, and will be severely dealt with. You can always access further information on how to dress on this campus on our posters, billboards and handballs. ”
He disclosed that a total of 4,349 students were admitted to run for both National Diploma and Higher National Diploma programmes of the Polytechnic.
According to the Rector, the National Diploma Programme has 3,124 matriculating students while the Higher National Diploma Programme has 1,225 matriculating students spread across Schools and Departments of the Polytechnic.
Students were admitted into departments in the Schools of Agricultural Technology, Applied Sciences, Art Design and Printing, Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management Studies.
He urged the matriculating students to see their admission into the institution as a rare opportunity which they must endeavour to make judicious use of and congratulated them for the favour bestowed upon them.