“Today’s occasion is symbolic because this is the first time all geo-political zones of Nigeria are now represented in the student body of Federal University Otuoke”
This was disclosed by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Mobolaji Aluko at the 4th matriculation ceremony of the Institution Saturday, December 6, 2014.
Giving the breakdown of 496 students admitted by the University which according to the VC were drawn from 21 out of the 36 states, the Northern states of Kogi, Benue, Kaduna, Yobe and Taraba had 10 students while the South- East, South-South and South-West had 137, 317 and 32 students respectively.
According to the University Boss, the students are enrolled in twelve programmes across the two faculties and five departments, noting that all 213 female students admitted by the Institution have University residence in the new four-floor West Campus Female Hostel while their male counterparts reside in the University’s rented hostels.
The University helmsman restated his commitment to create a conducive environment for students to learn, while thanking parents and family members of the students for reposing confidence in them to be in loco parentis of their wards.
In his words, “we take our substitute parenthood seriously at the University, and while you are not exactly children in age, we urge you to reciprocate in respect, character and civility, as you carry out your academic studies seriously, while at the same time enjoying the fun of University life devoid of cultism, violence or any kind of criminality”.
Speaking further, the VC remarked, “if you were to look closely at the quality of our student intake and Staff employed, and the excellence of our facilities, you will agree that what we have truly begun to create here at Otuoke is a citadel of learning, teaching, research and community service for the generation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge, so that in the shortest possible time, we can gain and maintain a reputation as a world-class University”.
He reiterated the intention to propel the core values of learning, integrity, knowledge, excellence and service to create an atmosphere of an expensive private University in an inexpensive public educational setting.
The Vice Chancellor noted that the research focus on oil and gas studies, energy and environment, marine and wetland studies, human dynamics and conflicts resolution, and entrepreneurship will continue to guide the applied research and collaborative efforts of the University which according to him will enhance the socio-economic development of Niger-Delta.
The VC used the occasion to expressed his gratitude to the University’s benefactors for their unalloyed support to the new University while urging the matriculating students to be of good behavior and utilize facilities made available by the University to their advantage.
An ecumenical service ends the matriculation ceremony.