From Mutiat Ibrahim and Oluwatobi Yusuff, Offa
The Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State has held its matriculation ceremony for the newly admitted Students into National Diploma(ND) and Higher National Diploma(HND) programmes for the 2015/2016 Academic Session last Thursday.
Taking the matriculation oath in the 1000-Seater capacity lecture theatre at the school’s permanent site, the new students solemnly declared that they would abide by the rules and regulations of the polytechnic.
Rector of the institution, Dr. Mufutau Olatunde Olatinwo, who congratulated the new intakes for being admitted into the citadel of learning and for having weathered the stormy admission process, said: “It may interest you to know that the fraction of candidates eventually admitted into the polytechnic is so insignificant when compared to the total number of qualified candidates seeking admissions into the polytechnic. I want to urge you to set this as a benchmark to justify your admission by keying into the established tradition of academic excellence and moral discipline in the polytechnic.”
The rector advised the new students to buckle up for serious academic work, face their studies and aim for distinction grade in order to stand the chance of being retained as lecturers or bag scholarship in their various fields.
“Let me restate that the Polytechnic Academic Board will not hesitate to withdraw any student who performs below expected standards in his or her academic work,” he said, warning them “to shun all acts of violence, cultism, examination malpractice, gross misconduct and other forms of indecencies as they attract outright expulsion.”
Olatinwo implored the new students to make use of the huge opportunities embedded in entrepreneurship development programmes of the Federal Government which is aims to reduce unemployment and increase self-employment among graduates. “In a bid to make this objective achievable, the Management (of the polytechnic) has provided a well-equipped Entrepreneurship Development Centre(EDC) to train students in all kinds of small-scale production like soap-making, cake-baking, juice-making, computer and phone repairs and auto diagnosis, etc.”
The rector urged them to ensure peaceful co-existence within and outside the campuses by maintaining harmonious relationship with their colleagues and members of the host community.
Olatinwo advised them to take advantage of the recreational facilities provided in the polytechnic to sharpen their talents for possible glorious exploits in the field of sports.