Federal College of Education, Okene, Kogi state, has matriculated 957 students into the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) 2019/2020 academic programme with a charge to all students to shun cultism and other social vices that are inimical to their studies.
The provost of the college, Dr Umar Hassan, in his speech after the administration of matriculation oath on the students at the college auditorium, said the figure consisted of 320 male and 637 female students.
He added that 382 students are in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, 17 students in the School of Adult, Non-Formal and Special Education, 46 in the School of Early Childhood Care and Primary Education, 43 in the School of Languages, while the School of Sciences has 297 students and 172 students in the school of vocational education.
Dr Hassan urged the new students to remain law abiding, obedient and discipline throughout their academic sojourn in the institution. He noted that the college has zero tolerance for all forms of social vices such as cultism, examination malpractice, indecent dressing, alcoholism, assault and fighting, among others.
He said, “I must warn all the NCE I 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.”
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.
Dr Hassan, who assured the students of adequate welfare, said the management would not condone vandalisation of college properties.
“One major thrust of this administration is the staff and student welfare,. It is our desire to sustain this practice. I strongly enjoined 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 seriousness it deserves.
“And as you prepare for your exams, I urge you to study and internalise the examination guidelines as contained in your examination card. I wish to also charge you to tap from the potentialities abound in the college in the area of high tech academic facilities such as e-library among others” the provost advised.
One of the matriculants, Miss Audu Mariam Temitope of the department of Biochemistry who spoke with newsmen expressed gratitude to the management of the institution for considering them worthy for admission, pledging to ensure that they obey all the rules and regulations of the college.