The Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU), on Friday, admitted 2,340 students for 2015/2016 academic session and advised them to be security-conscious due to crime increase in the country.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eno Ibanga, gave the advice during the sixth Matriculation Ceremony at Akpaden, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.
He said that a total of 2,340 students were admitted in the 2015/2016 academic session and so far 1,823 were cleared for matriculation.
He stressed the need for the students to take their personal, group security and wellbeing seriously.
He further advised the students to manage the opportunity to the best of their abilities and shun acts capable of jeopardising their successful studentship.
The vice chancellor said “security situation has changed and students should be more security-conscious because cultism is on the increase, religious bigotry is on the increase, politically-inspired violence on the rise.
“Militancy is on the rise and all kinds of crimes, so new entrants should be aware of these, so that they don’t get involved and become victims.”
Ibanga said that the institution had put mechanism in place to facilitate good teaching and learning atmosphere for the students.
He then warned against indecent dressing on campuses of the institution, adding that the university had zero tolerance for any form of misconduct.
He thanked the state government for providing facilities and resources to enable the institution to achieve its goals.
The institution, he added, used its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to ensure that facilities were readily available to students on campus.
He decried over dependence of students of tertiary institution on social media as it was the tendency today; advising parents to caution their wards in that direction.
He restated the university’s commitment to be one of the best in the world such that graduates with certificates could be counted as some of the best graduates.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that highlights of the event include the presentation of the maiden copy of the newspaper “AKSU MIRROR’’ by Dr Church Akpan, the Head of Department, Mass Communications to the vice chancellor.