Monday, 19 January 2015

How UNIZIK Matriculates Over 6000 Freshers, VC charges students to be discipline, hard work






Over 6000 new students were enrolled at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University
(UNIZIK) Awka, Anambra state, during the Matriculation ceremony of the
2014/2015 Academic year of the University.
The matriculants all clad in different shades of their matriculation
gowns with their faces beaming with unending smiles, marched gallantly
as they led the procession into the venue of the event which was the
convocation arena in front of  Prof. Nwako Aghagbo digital Library.
They were followed by the academic staff of the institution, deans of
faculties, directors of the various directorates and members of the
school management. The melodious tunes by the music department led by
the music maestro, Dr. Alvan Nwamara which serenaded the atmosphere
gave the event a touch of class.
Prof. Ahaneku who was accompanied by his wife, Dr. Gladys Ahaneku
restated that his administration has put in place adequate measures,
structures, plans and policies in the university in order to provide a
congenial learning environment for the students.
Addressing the freshmen, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof.
Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku congratulated the students for their success
during the admission stage, and urged them to tow the footsteps of
great men and women who had passed through the University on their
path to eminence.
Continuing, the Vice-Chancellor said; “I am glad to welcome you all.
Today’s matriculation ceremony formally brings to a close the
2014/2015 admission cycle. You earned a place in today’s ceremony
because of your impressive performances at Post University
Matriculation Examination (PUME). You should all be proud of this
achievement.”
“However, you should be humbled by the fact that less than 7000 of you
have been given the opportunity out of the over 40,000 candidates that
competed for a place in the University.”
Prof. Ahaneku advised the freshmen to resist any temptation of
involving themselves in anti-social behaviours, stressing that the
University had zero tolerance policy on cultism and examination
malpractice.
Further, he urged those who were already members of cult groups before
joining the University to denounce such memberships or risk being
expelled by the University and terms of imprisonment by the state.
Cultism he said is anathema in the University, “all proven cultists
are expelled and other deviant behavior such as robbery and rape etc,
and are not tolerated for these are both misconduct and crime”.
He also entreated the students to be law abiding and prioritize their
academic work to enable them achieve their mission to the University.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that his administration had made spirited
efforts to improve the welfare of students and provide a congenial
environment for their learning.
According to him, the administration which came on board seven months
ago, is to transform the University that by the end of his five-year
tenure,” it would have become one of the best five hundred (500)
Universities in the world, one of the best one hundred (100)
Universities in Africa and the best University in Nigeria. My vision,
mission and agenda for the University resolve around this lofty but
quite realizable goal. We shall harness all resources, human and
material, from within and outside the University in the pursuit of the
actualization of this dream”.
Prof. Ahaneku assured the students that the University will not renege
on its duty to offer them the needed support to enable them actualize
their dreams and aspirations. He however urged them to make their own
input, stating that “to whom much is given, much is also expected”.
While administering the University oath of loyalty on the students,
the Registrar, Barr. C.C Okeke, said the matriculation called for both
celebration and sober reflection due to the limited number of persons
the university was able to admit from the large pool of candidates.
He urged the students to live up to the institution’s expectations,
even as he warned them again not to engage in examination misconduct
and all other forms of social vices. He said the University, which is
more vigilant and frowns on bad conduct, has put measures in place to
check security breaches within and outside the campus.
“While congratulating you for this achievement, I urge you to make
the best use of the golden opportunity presented by your admission
into this great University. You need to stay conscious of the
expectations of your parents as well as the enormous sacrifices they
are making to see you through school at this point in time. You must,
therefore, make a personal commitment not to let them down,” he said.
Okeke cautioned the fresh students against the notion that attendance
at lectures was not essential. Rather, he stressed that, “The academic
regulation provides that students who fail to register their courses
within the stipulated time will forfeit the session and all full-time
students must attend 75 per cent of all lectures in order to qualify
to write examinations in the courses.”
Meanwhile, some of the matriculating students who spoke to Campus Sun
expressed joy over the admission and shared their aspirations.  For
Opara Kenedy, Mass Communication department, “I am very glad to be
among the privileged few that got admission into this prestigious
university, and I hope to make good use of the opportunity to develop
myself and impact on the society. When I graduate, I hope to apply the
knowledge I would have acquired in the area of my itinerary to solve
the problem of moral decadence that is the lot of our society.”
Oluebube Enyinnaya, Department of Accountancy, “I feel very excited
today, to me, it is a dream come true. Even before entering this great
University, I had set a target to graduate with a first class degree
so that the University will retain me as a graduate lecturer; I pray
God will help me attain that goal.”

Also, some parents who expressed gratitude over what they described as
environmental facelift and infrastructural upgrade in the University.
Mr Benjamin Odogwu, father of a student in the Faculty of Social
sciences, had this to say; “today’s event is fantastic. The University
is very much improved more than what it used to be, most of the
buildings looked very dilapidated but I can see some kind of
improvement, not only the structures but also the environment.”
Mrs Ifeoma Umeh o her own part said; “I feel great to attend the
matriculation ceremony of my third daughter and I am impressed with
what I am seeing, the environment has really changed. As a Zikite. I
am happy. I have seen a lot of structural changes. That shows that
things are going well here.”
While admonishing the students to eschew violence and bad company,
Dean Student’s affair (DSA) Prof Ken Nwogu charged the students to
obey the University’s rules and regulations, warning them to shun
cultism, drug abuse and examination malpractice, which he said could
terminate their academic ambition.
He advised the fresher students to adhere strictly to the
matriculation oath they had sworn to, urged them to take the bull by
the horns by making their academic work their top priority even as he
reminded the students that the institution had zero tolerance for
forgery, warned that the management would not hesitate to terminate
the admission of any student or group of students involved in any of
the vices.
Speaking shortly after the matriculation in a interview, the President
Students Union Government of the institution, Comrade Noble Eyisi,
urged the matriculants to remain focused in their studies and adhere
strictly to what they have learnt in the course of their orientation
adding that his administration would always represent the interest of
the students at large.
He urged the new students to adhere to matriculation oath and to take
the bull by the horn by making their academics their priority and make
judicious use of the unique opportunity to learn and become useful to
themselves, their families and the society.
“Let me use this medium to congratulate the new students for securing
admission into this prestigious university because many wished to be
here but were not opportune. I urge them to desist from all forms of
social vices that will tamper with their educational career, these
vices are in no doubt inimical to their future success,” Eyisi said.
Members of the school management present at the epoch making event
include the vice chancellor, Prof. Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku; the deputy
vice chancellor, Prof. Charles Esimone; the registrar Barr. Christian
Okeke; the Bursar, Mr. U.J Agu and the acting University librarian Mr.
E.O Onwuka. The president of the Students Union Government, Comrade
Noble Eyisi and the vice president, Comrade Precious Ozems were
present as well.

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