Akwa Ibom state Governor Udom Emmanuel has warned over 300 pioneer matriculants of Southern Atlantic Polytechnic (SAPOLY) against cultism.
Emmanuel, who gave the warning during the maiden matriculation ceremony of Southern Atlantic Polytechnic in Uruan local government area of the state over the weekend, reminded them that cultism remains prohibited in the state.
The governor, represented by his Special Assistant on Security, Mr. Fubara Duke, noted that anybody caught being a member of any of the proscribed cult groups in the state shall be strongly dealt with through the law.
“As you are coming into this institution, I strongly believe that the school has never set up Faculty of Cultism. On this note, I want to warn you all to stay away from cultism because it can ruin both your life and future.
“Focus on your studies, do whatever assignment you are asked to do by your lecturers and most importantly, read with proper understanding.
Emmanuel, who said that education remains one of the key areas in his completion agenda, congratulated the students for becoming the first set of learners in the institution, assuring the school community of the state government continuous support.
On his part, the Rector of SAPOLY, Dr Innih Nttah, further warned the matriculants against hard drug addiction and high concentration on smart phones, stressing that those things were distractions against their academic pursuit.
Nttah, who commended relevant education stakeholders for approving and licensing of the National Diploma (ND) and certificate courses for the institution, assured that Higher National Diploma (HND) would be added before the commencement of the new academic session.
The Founder of SAPOLY, Pastor Bassey James, expressed happiness over the commencement of the institution, adding that the institution was on a mission to transform the economy of the country through practical skills and innovations.