The Federal College of Education Okene, Kogi state on Friday matriculated 1,059 students into Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) 2018/2019 academic session of the institution after they were screened and certified qualified for admission into the citadel of learning.
In his speech after the administration of matriculation oath on the students at the college auditorium, Provost of the college, Dr Umar Hassan, said the figure consist of 356 males and 703 female students.
He added that 414 students are in the school of arts and social sciences, 22 students in the school of Adult , Non-Formal and Special Education, 100 in the School of Early Childhood Care and Primary Education, 27 in the School of Languages, while the school of science has 297 students and 199 students in the school of vocational education.
Hassan, who urged the new NCE students to remain law abiding , obedient and discipline throughout their academic sojourn in the institution, noted that the college has zero tolerance for all forms of social vices, such as cultism, examination malpractices, indecent dressing , alcoholism, assault and fighting among others that are inimical to their studies and future.
While urging the students to be security conscious at all times, within and outside the campus, the Provost charged them not to hesitate in reporting any unusual movement to the college security operatives.
He also assured the students of adequate welfare, but revealed that “management would not condone damages to college properties”.
According to him: “I must warn all the NCE 1 students that any student or group of students caught in these acts would not only be shown the way out of the college , but would be made to face the full wrath of the law to serve as a deterrent to others.
“One major thrust of this administration is the staff and students welfare. It is our desire to sustain this practice. I strongly enjoin all the students to always protect and guide jealously the facilities we have provided on campus to enhance your welfare.
“I am also charging the matriculating students to brace up with their studies. FCE Okene is known for academic excellence and standard, therefore there is no room for shortcuts. You should take your studies with all the seriousness the deserve.”