The Provost, Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Dr. A. O. Owosibo, has urged students to eschew every form of dangerous development among students in tertiary Institutions across the country. He made the remark while addressing the new intake during the Matriculating Ceremony held at the DR. K. J. Nwufoh Hall College Auditorium, Ibadan, Nigeria.
The 2022/2023 Matriculating Ceremony which took place on Thursday 8th, December, 2022, attracted dignitaries from all works of life. Welcoming everyone to the occasion, the Provost specially congratulated all the freshers for the honour of been admitted to the prestigious College. A college he described as having distinctive heritage and mission in confronting major crises and controversies of our times. He listed social economic issues of secret cults, violence, thuggery, religious intolerance and many more. “You must not allow such dangerous tendencies to infiltrate, let alone, take root in your midst. The College has enjoyed considerable religious peace and democratic practices among our student body for several decades. You must strive to keep up this noble tradition and avoid any recourse to underground societies. We should all be resolve to our commitment to democracy, civility, and the rule of law.” He strongly advised.
Explaining the essence of the Matriculating Ceremony as part of the academic culture of any tertiary institution dating back to centuries, the Provost said it is a simple act to “entitle you to register for courses and examinations of the College. It confers on you certain rights and privileges under the laws establishing the College.” He added further that “matriculation imposes certain obligations in the students’ relationship with the College. This he said include the right to learn and have access to knowledge and information; the right to reside on the College Campus; the right to general protection under the law; expected exemplary behaviour that would enhance its corporate image as well as its smooth administration.
The Provost also challenged the students to be academically prepared as the school does not tolerate lazy and indolent students. He reminded them that any student who scores less than 40% in any course will be required to repeat the course in accordance with the National Board for Technical Education’s NBTE regulation. “You must avoid unnecessary prolong of your stay in the College”. He asked the freshers to promote the good image of the college; known to excel in sport/sporting activities, scientific inventions among others.
Dr. A. O. Owosibo went further to caution the matriculating students on the need to dress decently in the campus as it is part of their school culture and tradition to have students morally tidy in their pursuit to attain academic excellence. “Wearing of suggestive short/mini skirts or tops, body hugs exposing muscles, unkempt hair and bathroom slippers to College activities would not be tolerated.” He assured that the school has expended on the procurement and improvement of the infrastructural facilities of the past administration. “Much progress has been made but a lot more remains to be done. I am delighted to tell you that a lot of fund had been expended on classrooms, Computer Hardware Laboratories and ultra-modern laboratories to facilitate teaching and learning activities in the College.” He said. He added that this will combined to the other quality services to achieve a robust academic excellence at the college.
While wishing them a successful academic pursuit in the College, he urged the matriculating students to cooperate with the College Management to take the college to the next level.