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Varsity throws out 4 matriculating students for indiscipline

By  Anayo Okoli

Umudike—The Michael Okpara University of  Agriculture, Umudike, at the weekend revoked the admission of  four matriculating students for indiscipline. The students sat with their matriculation gowns removed when the Registrar asked all matriculating students to remain standing to be formally admitted into the institution.

The university’s security men arrested the students and brought them before the Vice Chancellor,  Professor Ikenna Onyido, who immediately revoked their admission. He said,  “I want to show you what indiscipline is all about. Registrar, get their particulars,  their admission is hereby revoked.”

The VC  advised Deans of the institution  to inculcate discipline in students before presenting them for matriculation. Onyido, who said the university placed emphasis on discipline and character moulding, noted that the nation was under-performing in many sectors due to indiscipline. He said the country was underdeveloped because the “educated elites have no character, sense of value, no ideals for life and are driven by selfish motive.’’

“We cannot make progress if  we do not address these character flaws, if we do not embrace a value system that places the nation and our fellow human beings above individuals,” he added.

He told the matriculating students that the university was in the vanguard for “a better Nigeria as we insist that our graduates must be found worthy in character and learning.”  The VC said the institution has zero tolerance for anti-social behaviour, such as cultism, examination malpractice, indecent dressing, sexual harassment and extortion.

He  urged the students to toe the path of good behaviour, adding that the  facilities were grossly inadequate to support the training of  graduates. “The quantum of infrastructure in this university at present is grossly inadequate to support the kind of education we have in mind for our students and which the nation needs for the realisation of her aspirations,” he said.


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