The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof Zana Akpagu has warned new students against cultism, saying the institution would waste no time in expelling students found to belong to any proscribed organisations and cult groups.
Akpagu spoke yesterday during the 40th Matriculation ceremony of the institution which took place at the Abraham Ordia stadium, and in which Nine thousand, two hundred (9200) new students matriculated for the 2017/2018 academic year.
“This University has zero tolerance for cultism, any form of hooliganism, corruption and other vices. Be notified that the penalties for any misconduct are contained in the University Handbook which I am sure has been issued to you. Be modest and decent in your dressing and approach to issues,” he stated.
Pillar reports that out of the number, faculty of education had highest matriculants with 2,226 students, seconded by faculty of social sciences with 1,125, while Faculty of Pharmacy admitted only 45 students being the least in the admission table.
He disclosed that 37, 278 candidates applied to the University to study various courses and that “of this number, 27,028 wrote the screening test from which 9200 candidates were offered admission having been found successful in the mandatory Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).”
Akpagu said the number increased significantly due to introduction of new programmes such as Dentistry, Marine Biology, Human Nutrition and Food Science, Pharmacy, Engineering among others, and lamented that the increase was impacting on the institution’s infrastructure and facilities such as lecture rooms, hostel accommodation and utilities.
“On that note, we are spending greater part of our revenue in maintaining the existing infrastructure,” he stated, and noted that the management of the institution “will continue to be prudent with, and make judicious use of our meagre resources by blocking every possible leakage.”
He said further that with the assistance of the TETFund and Need Assessment Funds, the University was building new facilities, lecture halls, hostels accommodation and therefore called on private individuals and organizations to partner with the institution for the provision of facilities.
“Let me also use this opportunity to assure you of maximum security. We are on course to achieving uninterrupted power supply via an ongoing solar energy project with German government,” he said.