Akpan Etukudoh Asare
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu has cautioned the 10,450 newly matriculated students of the school not to associate with or joining clandestine groups.
The VC gave the charge when the institution held its 41st matriculation ceremony for the 10450 who were selected from 32,896 applicants for the 2018/2019 academic session.
Akpagu warned the freshmen against socializing with any association that has been proscribed by the University such as the infamous secret cults.
He said that the university has zero-tolerance for cultism, any form of hooliganism, corruption and other vices, adding that penalties for misconduct are contained in the Student Handbook.
The Vice Chancellor, however, assured the freshmen of a safe environment for teaching and learning and urged them to adhere strictly to the tenets of the university and uphold her ideals.
While also assuring the freshmen of maximum security, Prof. Akpagu urged them not to hesitate to report any suspicious activities to the Dean of Student Affairs, Security Officers and their Course Advisers.
He said that the institution is fully prepared to help freshmen fulfill their academic and social dreams.
He said the dreams of the freshmen can be achieved if they depend largely on the depth of their sense of commitment to their studies, personal character, peer group they associate with, their resilience and Godliness.
While congratulating the freshmen for securing admission into the institution, the Vice Chancellor urged them to take up the opportunity and make themselves, their parents, guardians and their community proud by being responsible and work to come top in their classes.
He said, “As bona fide students you will now be fully bound by the rules and regulations of the University and become beneficiaries of all rights and privileges due to bona fide students.
“You must keep before you, always, the very reason that you are here, know always that your admission offers you a life time opportunity which you must not waste.
“The University is prepared to help you fulfill your academic and social dreams because our staff do not just teach, they also help you develop additional competences that should make you complete graduates and carry out world-leading research in your subject areas”.
Prof. Akpagu charged the freshmen to work hard to be found worthy in character by embracing and imbibing the university culture of responsibility and decency even as he urged them to pay their school charges as and when due.
The Vice Chancellor said prompt payment of all school charges will enhance the commitment of the university to cater for their needs.
Prof. Akpagu said with the assistance of the Federal Government, especially through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) and Needs Assessment Funds, the University is building new faculties, lecture halls, hostel accommodation to ameliorate shortfalls.