BY OLAYEMI FOFAH
In order to curb mediocrity among students aspiring for any Students Union Government (SUG) office, the Provost, Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology (FCFMT), Lagos, Professor Samuel Zelibe has said that minimum qualification is G.P.A of 3.00.
”As an academic community, students that are mentally focused would be encouraged to participate in their governance as G.P.A of 3.00 is the minimum qualification for aspirants to any SUG office,” he said.
Speaking at the 15th Matriculation Ceremony, Professor Zelibe added that if any student does not understand his primary objective of coming to an institution of higher learning, he will have no business in administration, noting that the era of mediocrity is gone.
Zelibe who urged the students to be academically serious said, students should ensure that they do not have extension by way of carry-overs as they may not be allowed to extend more than a year on a programme.
Also, to promote healthy academic competitions amongst students, the Provost restated: “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 N50,000”
His words: “I appeal to the entire students of the college to work and be dedicated to your studies as hard work does not kill. There is no shortcut to success, except through hard work.”
For those that are academically poor, he said, “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.”
According Professor Zelibe, if you desire to succeed, you must have a plan and set a goal. “It is not failure to fall short of realising all that one dreamt of, but it is a failure for one to fall short of dreaming,” he noted.
On examination malpractice, Zelibe pointed out that the college has zero tolerance for examination malpractice in any guise, warning students to guard against any form of examination malpractice as admission will be truncated if convicted. “Be guided by the tradition of excellence which is the hallmark of the college and her products since it was established 43 years ago,” he added.
Assuring students of the accreditation of most courses run by FCFMT, the Provost said that most of the college academic programmes have been accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) noting that the only exception is Marine Engineering courses which the school is working toward.
He added that another landmark achievement of the current college administration is getting attention and approval of NIMASA for the first time in the history of the college saying that the efforts were to ensure full accreditation of Marine Engineering programme.