By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”The Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, FUTO, Professor Celestine Onwuliri, has expressed worry that â€œincreased access to university education is still a major challenge in Nigeria because of the teeming population of young Nigerians wishing to pursue university educationâ€.
Prof. Onwuliri, who stated this while addressing the 28th matriculation of the institution at the weekend, also disclosed that the university authoritiesâ€™ recourse to serious academic activity had resulted in the achievement of an enviable stable academic calendar.
â€œOur recourse to serious academic activity has resulted in the achievement of an enviable stable academic calendar and the timely graduation of our students for the world of work,â€ Onwuliri said.
He urged the fresh students to shun all vices, such as secret cults, examination misconduct and malpractice, drunkenness, alcoholism, rape, sexual harassment, violence, intimidation of staff and students, extortion and use of dangerous weapons.
Addressing parents and guardians earlier, Onwuliri disclosed that FUTO admitted 3,000 students, who passed both the University Matriculation Examination and the internal screening exercise.