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DELSU MATRICULATES 4,958 STUDENTS, AS VC ADVISES AGAINST BREACH OF MATRICULATION OATH
The Delta State University (DELSU) Abraka, which is now one of the most sought-after state universities in Nigeria, recently matriculated 4,958 (Four Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty-Eight) fresh students on Saturday, January 25, 2020, for the 2019/2020 Academic Session.
The colourful ceremony which attracted many parents, relatives and friends of the matriculants, was held at the Convocation Arena in Site III of the Main Campus of the University at Abraka, in Ethiope East Local Government Area.
Welcoming the fresh students with gladness and appreciation to God, the newly- appointed Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Andy O. Egwunyenga, explained that “matriculation ceremony is a requirement in higher institutions and the oath is an initiation into the intellectual community which confers on you (the students) full rights of studentship”, and emphasized that it is a universal academic tradition for any would-be-scholar in pursuit of higher education.
Continuing, the Vice-Chancellor congratulated the students for not only attaining yet another important stage in their academic career, but also for having successfully scaled through the difficult hurdles of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and the Post-UTME Screening Tests, noting that they were fortunate because they successfully emerged out of the 22,448 (Twenty-Two Thousand, Four Hundred and Forty-Eight) candidates that applied for admission in the 2019/2020 Session. He then counselled the fortunate matriculants: “While you are here as students, you need to be diligent in your academic work and be honest in the pursuit of your dreams in Delta State University. You must avoid being captives of the social network media, which is a subtle distraction and time waster”.
Regarding the Breach of Matriculation Oath, the Vice-Chancellor warned that the students should refrain from activities which could be detrimental to the growth of intellectualism during their stay, pointing out that “the University takes serious exception to issues that bother on indiscipline and lawlessness, particularly when such involve violence, cultism, yahoo plus activities, breach of the peace, examination malpractice, indecent dressing, drug addiction, and others under the broad classification of Breach of Matriculation Oath”. He also pointed out that to avoid endangering their lives, the students should channel all their requests/enquiries for accommodation, through the Students Affairs Division, noting that the University offers decent hostel accommodation with very comfortable state-of-the art facilities to students.
Concluding his speech, which was applauded time after time, Prof. A.O. Egwunyenga, used the opportunity to express eulogy to the late Olorogun Felix Ovuodoroye Ibru, the first Executive Governor of Delta State, who established DELSU in April, 1992, and also gave kudos to the present Delta State Government being steered by His Excellency, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa whose interest and commitment to the overall well-being of the University has helped it to grow to an enviable height. The Vice-Chancellor equally mentioned that recently, DELSU secured more accreditation for its programmes, including all the programmes in its Faculty of Engineering; and has also got approval for increase of its admission-carrying capacity from 5,333 to 5,633!
The highpoint of the ceremony was the administering of oath on the matriculants by the Registrar of DELSU, Mr. Daniel A. Urhibo, with the students standing, adorned in their matriculation gowns and with copies of the matriculation oath form in their hands, and this exercise elicited ovation from staff, parents and all well-wishers present. Thereafter, the Registrar warned the students against following bad acquaintances under any guise, as such ones could swindle them or arrange for their raping or even lure them to death.
The University Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Freeborn Aganbi, who anchored the programme, while congratulating the matriculants, also reiterated the advice and warnings earlier given by both the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar.
Interestingly, after holding the matriculation programme in Abraka, the Vice-Chancellor and his Management team together with other officers of the University moved to Oleh and Asaba where the same type of ceremony was celebrated for fresh students admitted for programmes domiciled in those campuses.
Present at the matriculation ceremonies were Prof. Andy O. Egwunyenga (Vice-Chancellor), Prof. S.O. Asagba (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration), Prof. (Mrs.) G.N. Ogwu (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic), Prof. E.P. Oghuvbu (Provost, Asaba Campus), Prof. I.O. Amata (Provost, Oleh Campus) Mr. Daniel Urhibo (Registrar), Prof. S.O. Uwaifo (University Librarian), Mr. Justice Egbare (University Bursar), Deans of various Faculties, Directors, Heads of various Departments, Deputy Registrars, academic and non-teaching staff of DELSU, parents, relatives, well-wishers, students and others too numerous to mention.