Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Vice Chancellor Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka Anambra State Prof. Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku has cautioned new students of the institution against sexual inducements, cultism, sorting, examination malpractices and a host of other vices inimical to their aspirations in the university.
The Vice Chancellor who gave the caution at the 2018/2019 matriculation ceremony of the university held at the weekend, told the new intakes that the institution was not a place of jamborees but a citadel of learning associated with excellence as evidently manifested in its products in the corporate world.
Ahaneku said, “The advice is clear; that the students should face their studies and attend classes. They shouldn’t join bad groups. They should avoid the abuse of drugs. Fighting, raping, robbery, smoking of marijuana and other forms of narcotics, can earn them expulsion and we will not hesitate in doing that.
They took oath of loyalty. They took oath to avoid cultism and they have also signed that any person found to be a member of cult group is expelled. It’s been like that in this university. So they signed an undertaking and their parents are witnesses.”
He however opined that the university will continue to guarantee conducive learning environment for the students stressing that the hostels have been remodeled with curtain edge facilities coupled with uninterrupted electricity supply.
The VC also admonished students not to be in their hostels when they should be in the class rooms taking lectures pointing out that if students failed to attain 75% attendance to lectures, the student or students may not be allowed into the examination hall. He said, “It is not good enough to just read from the internet to pass exams; students must be physically present in both lectures and practicals to obtain full knowledge of their disciplines.”
The Vice Chancellor recalled that in the past, about 16 year-one students tried to induce a lecturer into unethical conduct but the lecturer resisted the temptations and reported the issue which the Vice Chancellor said earned the students suspension adding that as the university authority punish lecturers who abuse students, they equally warn students not to tempt lecturers who are dedicated to their duties.
On the issue of sexual harassment, Ahaneku stated that the university issued a hotline during orientation course where students can report such cases on the basis of anonymity to guarantee confidentiality of the students as some may be scared to report issues of sexual abuse and the like.
Meanwhile, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka matriculated more than 9,500 candidates for the 2018/2019 academic session comprising those of continuing education programme (CEP) as well as regular students.