The Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, (FCAH&PT), Moor Plantation, Ibadan, has organized a three-day orientation programme for the newly admitted students of the college.
The event which was held at the school premises began on Tuesday, October 17, ended on Thursday, October 19, 2023.
The highlights of the programme include; admonition from the provost of the college and other principal officers, together with other members of staff, talks on Youth and Sexual Matters (Rape, Sexual Assault, STIs, teenage pregnancy), Drug abuse, Substance Abuse (the causes and the Consequences), talks on “if Education is a Scam, Academic Excellence and so many others.
During the programme, students were also given opportunity to ask questions and express their feelings.
The Provost of the institution, Dr Adekoya Owosibo stated that the essence of the orientation is to inform the students about the ‘Dos’ and Don’ts of the school; and also the expectation of the school.
Owosibo urged the orientandees never to fall a victim to any lecturer who try to extort them by the sales of handouts, books or by asking for sex from the students.
In an interview with CEOAFRICA, the provost clearly stated that the purpose of the orientation was to tell the students about what it takes to be in a tertiary institution. He said it is good for them to know how to curtail their freedom so that they will not be introduced into the menace that is going on in the society today.
In his words, “most of these new students are coming green from secondary school. They have not had freedom from their homes in the past; so, we need to orientate them about what it takes to be in our prestigious institution. They need to know how to curtail their freedom so that they will not be lured into the menace that is going on in the society today.
While speaking on what to do if any lecturer does less of his or her self by asking for sex for marks, the provost revealed that the culprit will face the full wrath of the law. “Hence, any student who is being victimised is expected to report the lecturer to him or other school authority.” He warned.
The Provost said “We frown at anything that has to do with any financial transaction between students and lecturers or form of immorality having to do with sex for marks. We do not tolerate such. We have a unit that is called ACTU Anti-Corruption Transparency Unit. The unit is saddled with the responsibility of looking into cases of such. We also have a suggestion box which any student that is abused or anything close to such, can freely write anonymously and drop in that box for us to look into. And if for any reason you can stand to prove your point, you can walk up to the provost, Directorate of academic planning or Dean of students, to report any unethical and immoral attitude. This will enable the management to call the lecturer, technologist and/or other categories of staff to order.
Dr Tinuade Ajani, a consultant in University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan; one of the guest lecturers walked the students through Youth and Sexual Matters (Rape, Sexual Assault, STIs, teenage pregnancy, abortion, others).
Ajani in her lecture admonished the students not to allow sex and ungodly relationships ruined their career. She also advised students to stay away from sex before marriage, as this can cause life threatening damage.
According to her, having sex outside marriage can lead to severe consequences such as unwanted pregnancy, incurable STDs, abortion, losing the person you would like to marry, marrying the wrong person, divorce, having a child with birth defects, becoming infertile, and so many other issues.
Also, the Dean, Pure and Applied Science of the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, (FCAH&PT), Moor Plantation, Ibadan, who double as the Chairman, Orientation Programme for the freshers, Mrs Omolara Jemimah Ojezele speaking with CEOAFRICA on why the school organized the programme for the freshers, disclosed that the orientation was organized to let the students know some vices that can debar them from having academic excellence.
She said that the normal culture of orientation is “to take the students round so that they will familiarize themselves with the College; but the school now discovered that they need more than that because some of the students are coming with different baggage from their Secondary Schools or wherever they are coming from.
So, we brought seasoned professionals and they were able to relate with us based on their own experiences in times past.
These experts were able to coin from their own experiences and make the students to know what they will encounter and the challenges in the College and how they can overcome it.
Ojezele, advised the students that everything they may need has been put together. She urged them to be focused on their studies and forget every form of distraction that may be hinderance to their studies.