No fewer than 5,977 fresh students of Federal Polytechnic Unwana, in Afikpo North LGA of Ebonyi State, who cut across six faculties of the institution, on Friday 6th March, 2020, were administered with the oath of allegiance.
Speaking during the 39th matriculation ceremony, the Rector, Venerable (Dr) Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo said that the event was mainly to accept the students officially and grant them all the rights and privileges in accordance with the precepts of the institution.
He advised the new students to always adhere to all the rules, participate in the activities of the Polytechnic and show full commitment to their studies as to justify the admission given to them.
“As the future leaders, you are expected to abhor all forms of social vices against the constituted authority which include cultism, sexual immorality, drunkenness, examination misconduct, truancy, among others.
“Be warned that any student who happens to be caught in cult related issues will not only be expelled but also handed over to police for prosecution but in case of any misunderstanding, channels for conflict resolution should be adopted rather than taking laws into one’s hand,” he said.
The Rector while giving account of the institution disclosed that the management’s principal vision is to train high level skill manpower which would invariably contribute immensely to the development of both Nigeria and global economy.
He further pointed out that the institution had in the time past received recommendation indicating that most of its graduates are gainfully employed in public and private sectors while stating that the management is poised to uphold, protect and ensure the welfare and peaceful co-existence of all the students.
Following the worrisome security situation in the country, Dr. Ibe-Enwo charged all and sundry to be vigilant and security conscious at all times by reporting all suspicious activities to the law enforcement agencies for their prompt action.
The Rector, having noted that many social problems were caused by high level of unemployment thereby advised that serious attention should be given to qualitative technical and vocational education in a manner that it would be attractive to both educated and uneducated persons as to reverse the trend.
“If this idea can be supported through the provision of collateral-free soft loans for young entrepreneur, it will go a long way in eradicating poverty in our nation” he said.
The matriculants, Master Okuneni Samuel Egwu, from the Faculty of Science and Miss Jacinta Ogba, from the School of Industrial Technology respectively expressed delight over the admission offered to them and meanwhile promised to observe all the rules and regulations guiding the institution.
“We promise to make both the institution and our parents proud by reading hard as to graduate with good results while we shall at the same time abstain from every ungodly act.