MATRICULATION ADDRESS PRESENTED BY PROFESSOR FRANCIS OGBONNAYA OTUNTA, (FNATE,FIIA, FIMC, JP), VICE-CHANCELLOR, MICHAEL OKPARA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE, UMUDIKE, ON THE OCCASION OF THE 25TH MATRICULATION CEREMONY OF THE UNIVERSITY ON FRIDAY, 23RDFEBRUARY, 2018
It is my pleasure to welcome the Fresh Students to the 25th Matriculation Ceremony today, Friday, 23rd February, 2018.
May I first of all give glory to the Almighty God who has given us life, and brought you to this level. Matriculation Ceremony in all Institutions of higher learning marks the formal admission of Fresh Students into the institution, and all Fresh Students must participate fully by swearing to the Oath of Admission and signing the Matriculation Register before they are regarded as bona – fide students of the Institution, and so entitled to all rights and privileges appertaining therein. The rights and privileges of course can be withdrawn if the conduct of the student is found to be inimical to the well-being of the institution.
I am glad to announce to this gathering that Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) admitted only about 4,450 students this year, out of the over 18,000 who passed and qualified to be admitted into Joint Admissions and Matriculation Examination among thousands that selected MOUAU as University of their Choice. This immediately tells you how precious this admission is, and should be, to our Matriculants today.I join your families, friends, and well-wishers to congratulate you on your initiation into academic life. You really deserve my congratulations.
The 2018 admission year was full of rigours and unforeseen frictions, occasioned by the introduction of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’s (JAMB) Central Admission Process System (CAPS).
Another major challenge was the Strike Actions by the various Unions that make up the Academic Community. First the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in September 2017 embarked on warning strike, followed by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) whose strike started mid-way into the admission process. However, we thank God that despite these challenges, we pulled through and are gathered here today to celebrate your matriculation.
I want to encourage you to face your academics squarely and not give any room to the devil. This University has maintained and will continue to maintain a zero tolerance for all anti – social behaviours such as cultism, examination malpractice, hooliganism, prostitution and such other vices. The University has enjoyed relative peace over the years, and you are therefore advised to keep to the matriculation oaths and stay away from any activity(s) that will constitute a threat to the peace of this noble institution of learning, as any manifestation of such ills shall be dealt with in accordance with the University rules and regulation. It is also important to remind you to be security conscious in view of the state of the nation. Do not keep late nights. Do not move alone particularly when it is dark. Be careful of the kind of friends you keep.
Finally, you are urged to obey the rules and regulations of the institution. The Governing Council, Senate,Management,and Staff of this institution have great interest in your progress and would do everything within her powers to protect your genuine academic efforts.
My sincere prayer for you is that you graduate promptly in flying colours, and become useful to yourself, your family, the Nigerian Nation and the World.
Once again, Congratulations for making it into Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.
Prof. Francis Otunta, FNATE, FIIA, FIMC, JP