Ekpo Okemini, Umuahia
Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), has made it mandatory for the students to hang their identity cards to distinguish them from other population in the University.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Francis Otunta stated this on the occasion of the 24th Matriculation ceremony of the University, adding that it is aimed at maintaining the chaste orientation of the students.
Otunta, who is the 5th vice-chancellor of the University, said it has no other business than learning, teaching, research and other activities intended to foster values, which make good citizens.
He said, “That is the reason this University has zero tolerance for cult activities and other anti-social behaviors. Cultism is a social menace that has eaten deep into the fabric of the society.”
According to him, the University is rapidly evolving as a center of excellence where training, research and community service for the development of national development goals and global relevance are emphasized.
He said the management of the University was employing all known techniques to ensure it becomes of world-class, adding that on his part he was determined to make a center of academic excellence.
He said 18,904 candidates qualified for admission into the University through the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), but the National Universities Commission (NUC), approved only 4,300 with 10 percent attrition.
“At the end, a total number of 5,615 candidates were admitted to pursue various programmes in the University this session, adding that this showed that most of them had been admitted on merit.
One of the students, Ndukwe Blessed Arianzu, expressed appreciation to God for the opportunity, assuring that she would put in all efforts to come out in flying colors.