The Rector, Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Lagos, Dr. (Mrs.) Margaret Kudirat-Ladipo, has appealed to the newly admitted students of the institution to make best use of the golden opportunity presented to them to attend the school.
Speaking at the 2012/2013 matriculation of the college, Ladipo stated that it is expedient for the students to utilise the golden opportunity given them by making good grades after their two-year stay in school.
While congratulating them for making it through the school's keenly competitive and merit-driven admission processes, she said; "I congratulate you the newly matriculated students, you are indeed privileged to have been selected after keen competition through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and the rigorous post-UTME screening by the college. It's undoubtedly a thing of joy and pride to be enrolled as a student of Yaba-the-Great, the cradle of higher education in Nigeria.
"I urge you to make the best use of the golden opportunity presented by your admission into the college, because the oath of allegiance, which you have just sworn, commits you to be of exemplary behaviour throughout your stay in this college. You must shun all forms of anti-social behaviour such as examination misconduct, cult activities and other unruly behaviour."
As the college had matriculating, a total of 1,500 and 3,000 National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) students respectively, the don averred that this is a far cry from the 110, 000 candidates who applied to the college as their preferred institution at the 2012 UTME.
Saddened by this development, she said; "In line with the Federal Government's directive and our resolve to improve access to education, we have made concerted effort to improve our carrying capacity through the construction of more structures that will provide additional sitting space for our students. One of such structures is a lecture auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,300 through Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Special Intervention. There is also the 500-seater lecture theatre project which is being upgraded to a three-storey building.
"By the time these projects are completed, we will be able to further provide comfortable classroom, studio and laboratory accommodation for our students."
The rector confirmed that the college has been given an approval for additional streams of 18 programmes, which will see the college's carrying capacity being increased by 1,150.
While also harping on important issues bordering on academic discipline, discipline in appearance and behaviour, 75 per cent compulsory class attendance, entrepreneurial orientation, which the college has made a compulsory course, cultism, ban on sale and use of alcohol on campus, amongst others, she appealed to the students to remain focused and make a success of their stay in the college.
Her words: "I see all of you as my children and future leaders. I hope you will make good progress in your studies by being focused, prayerful and hardworking and in two years' time, at your graduation ceremony, we will be able to remember today's occasion with nostalgia."