ByÂ Anayo Okoli
Umudikeâ€”The Michael Okpara University ofÂ Agriculture, Umudike, at the weekend revoked the admission ofÂ 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 universityâ€™s security men arrested the students and brought them before the Vice Chancellor,Â Professor Ikenna Onyido, who immediately revoked their admission. He said,Â â€œI want to show you what indiscipline is all about. Registrar, get their particulars,Â their admission is hereby revoked.”
The VCÂ advised Deans of the institutionÂ 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 â€œeducated elites have no character, sense of value, no ideals for life and are driven by selfish motive.â€™â€™
â€œWe cannot make progress ifÂ 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,â€ he added.
He told the matriculating students that the university was in the vanguard for â€œa better Nigeria as we insist that our graduates must be found worthy in character and learning.â€Â The VC said the institution has zero tolerance for anti-social behaviour, such as cultism, examination malpractice, indecent dressing, sexual harassment and extortion.
HeÂ urged the students to toe the path of good behaviour, adding that theÂ facilities were grossly inadequate to support the training ofÂ graduates. â€œThe 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,â€ he said.