By Dayo Adesulu

Admitted students of Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology, (FCFMT) have been warned that opportunity lost in the institution will never be regain if they are not academically sound in their two years programme by recording carry-overs as extension more than a year will not be allowed.

The Provost, Professor Samuel Zelibe made the declaration recently during the 14th Matriculation ceremony where about two hundred and forty-six (246)students were admitted to various courses to obtain National and Higher national Diploma.

Marticulating students

“I want to use this opportunity to remind you that you are on a 2-year program. Ensure you do not have extension by way of carry-overs as you may not be allowed to extend more than a year on a programme, Zelibe said.

While speaking to the new intake on the importance of academic seriousness, Zelibe reiterated that out of a total number of 609 who registered for admission, only 246 were admitted. He therefore charged the students to be of good conduct and shun those rascality, carefree attitude, undue fun seeking, juvenile delinquency, indecent dressing as FCFMT will not condone any acts of hooliganism, violence and flagrant disobedience to constituted authorities.

Speaking on cultism, the Provost maintained that the College has a formidable Committee which includes Security personnel drawn from the Military and Nigeria Police Force saying “the penalty for any indicted student is summary dismissal and handing over to Law enforcement agency for prosecution.

On examination malpractice, he noted that the College has zero tolerance for examination malpractice in any guise as any form of it will be punished if convicted.

Moreover, in order to promote healthy competition amongst students, Zelibe stated that the best student having reasonable G.P.A. in each programme will be honoured as a College Scholar and will win a scholarship valued at N5O,OOO.OO.

The Professor said: “There is no shortcut to success, except through hard work. If a man’s life is right, his life will also be right. For those that are academically poor, with dint of hard work, diligence, dedication and commitment, you will get there.

Anyone aspiring to excel in his or her endeavour should learn how to live the right life to get things right. You must have a plan, you must set goal before you can get things right. it is no failure to fall short of realising all that one dreamt of, but failure is for one to fall short of dreaming.

Every individual possesses an advantage kit lying dormant within them waiting to be unwrapped and unveiled.

The pathway to maximising your advantage is to add value to whatever you do or wherever you find yourself doing. Value is the defining quality that sets the president apart from the pauper, the renowned from the unknown.

When you maximise your value, you will become a valuable commodity in life’s marketplace.

The Provost alley the fear of students on whether the courses were accredited or not. He maintained that most of the College academic programmes have been accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) pointing out that the only exception is the Marine Engineering courses. His words: “By the development determinate posture of the present College administration fix anomalies, we secured official approval of NBTE to mount the Marine Engineering programme by late 2010. With grant obtained from World Bank, the Foundry is being equipped. Marine Engineering Foundry is one of the requirements by NBTE for accreditation. We hope to complete and equip the Marine Engineering studio by end of 2011 using funds from Capital and ETF.

Another landmark achievement of the current College administration is getting attention and approval of NIMAS for the first in the History of this College. These efforts were to ensure full accreditation of Marine Engineering programme by end of 2011.

The World Bank Grant equally covers boat-building and fish finders for Nautical Sciences, Cold room and utility vehicle for Fisheries Technology. The current administration had presentations to National Assembly on the need for the College to own her own training vessels.”

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