Vanguard (Lagos)

5 December 2012

Nigeria: Cultism - LASU Warns New Students

It Was a two day re-awakening of consciousness for the 2012/2013 new students of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, as principal officers of the university took turns to orientate them on what they needed to know throughout their stay on campus.

Amidst the pertinent issues raised, the freshmen were warned that anyone who indulges in cultism and other related social vices will be expelled from the university.

Principal officers who graced the orientation were the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Prof. John Oladapo Obafunwa, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Omolara Bamigboye, Registrar, Barr. Lateef Animashaun, Esq; Prof. Kabir Akinyemi, Dean of Students' Affairs; Bursar, Mrs. O.A. Awoniyi; Mr. F.O. Okusaga, representing the Librarian and Dr. Sola Fosudo, Director, Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations (CIPPR), LASU.

Representing the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Oladapo Obafunwa, on the first day, Dean, Students' Affairs, Prof. Kabir Akinyemi, in his opening remarks admonished the new students to always remember the children of whom they are, noting that the university authority and their parents expect much from them.

Akinyemi also pointed that the vice chancellor of the university has a lot of programmes in store for the students, thereby imploring them to always abide by the rules and regulations of the school. He further advised the freshmen to always be punctual to lectures, tests and examinations if they must excel.

His words: "To excel in your academics, be punctual to lectures as the university's rule is that students must meet up 75 per cent attendance to lectures, if they must be allowed to sit for any course' exams. I also urge you not just to read, but to think about what you have read.

"Ask questions when you are not clear, and always adhere to instructions on your examination question papers. In all, identify the friends you make on campus. Make friends with those who will contribute meaningfully to your journey to academic excellence," he enthused.

Speaking on 'Students' Code of Conduct: Rules and Regulations,' Barr. S.T. Yekini, reeled out to the new students rules and regulations of the university, which they must abide by.

He admonished them to shun all forms of violence, assault, cult activities, impersonation, taking of hard drugs and alcoholics, stating that the punishment for any of these acts is expulsion.

Yekini, also instructed the freshmen never to fail to report to the campus marshals, anybody who poses a threat to their lives on campus. He also warned, "Read your books, because anyone who fails to meet up a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 1.0 in two semesters will be shown the way out of the university."

Meanwhile, while addressing the new students on the second day, the VC, Prof. Obafunwa assured that the rapid infrastructural and academic facelift taking place in the university will make study easier for them, while making LASU better.

"Very soon, the infrastructures we are putting up will be completed. The building of male and female hostels for students on campus will commence by 2013, to be handled by a private company."

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