Only about 7,000 new students were formally admitted into
various faculties of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) during
the 39th Matriculation ceremony of the institution held Thursday.
Addressing the fresh students, the Vice-Chancellor of the
University, Prof. Bartho Okolo congratulated them for their
success during the admission stage and tasked them to tow the
footsteps of great men and women who had passed through the
University on their path to eminence.
The Vice-Chancellor’s address was read by Deans of Faculty, as
the matriculation ceremony was held in different faculties of the
University.
Prof Okolor said; “You earned a place at today’s ceremony
because of your impressive performances at both the University
Matriculation Examination (UME) and the Post University
Matriculation Examination (PUME). You should all be proud of this
achievement.”
“However, you should be humbled by the fact that less than
7,000 of you have been given the opportunity out of the over
100,000 candidates that competed for a place at the University of
Nigeria.”
Prof. Okolo advised the fresh students to resist any temptation of
involving themselves in anti-social behaviours, stressing that the
University had zero tolerance policy on cultism and examination
malpractice.
He further asked those who were already members of cult groups
before joining the University to denounce such memberships or
risk being expelled and prosecuted by the police.
“There are a number of legitimate students’ clubs which are
registered with the Department of Students’ Affairs. You are
encouraged to identify the ones that appeal to you, and to register
and participate in the activities of these genuine associations,” the
VC told the students.
He also entreated them to be law-abiding and prioritise their
academic work to enable them achieve their mission to the
University.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that his administration had made
spirited effort to improve the welfare of students and provide a
congenial environment for their learning.
According to him, the administration had embarked on the
execution of students’ oriented projects, ranging from the
modernisation of classrooms and laboratories, construction of
students’ multipurpose centre, to digitalisation of classrooms and
provision of facilities for extra-curricular activities.
Prof. Okolo assured the students that the University will not
renege on its duty to offer them the needed support to enable
them actualise their dreams and aspirations. He however urged
them to make their own input, stating that “to whom much is
given, much is also expected”.
The question is: Do we rejoice or weep ? Only 7% of the
applicants are to realise their dreams eventually. What of the rest?.
Any meaningful alternatives? If a University of Nigeria absorbed
only about 7%, what would become of others??

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