By Nick Chibunna
Newly admitted students of the Imo State University (IMSU) have been asked to imbibe the culture of hard-work and moral discipline. They were also enjoined to shun all manner of negative tendencies that might constitute impediments to their future aspirations.
The call was made in an address presented by the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ukachukwu A. Awuzie, during the 2014/2015 matriculation ceremony of the university held at the institution’s main campus Owerri penultimate Saturday.
The event which was organized simultaneously in various faculties due to large crowd saw the students, their parents and well-wishers expressing their joy for the august gathering. The vice chancellor’s address was read simultaneously by Deans of various faculties.
In the address which was entitled: “Children of positive Change”, the V.C. congratulated both the students and their parents for choosing the Imo State University as a place of learning, study and research and promised to partner with them.
Prof. Awuzie who said that IMSU is now the 7th most subscribed university in the country attributed the feat to diligence, resilience and hardwork of both the students and the management.
He described the fresh students as “Prime beneficiaries of positive change and infrastructural development,” which would make their study and learning conducive. He said that tertiary education in Imo State is 100% free and enjoined students to work very hard in order to actualize their dreams.
Prof. Awuzie used the occasion to reel out what he described as the achievements and progress of the institution, describing the university as now, a big construction site with magnificent edifices springing up here and there.
On information and communication technology, the V.C. said that IMSU have now acquired FM Radio (90.9 MHz) and IMSU Gazette, a forthnightly newspaper that highlights the activities of the institution.
He harped on dress code and moral behaviour and enjoined all to shun such evil practices sagging, skimpy and short blouses, spaghetti straps or bare backs, adding that a brilliant scholar without moral values is useless to the society.
He thanked the Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas for giving the institution life line in various areas of endeavour and wished all a happy stay in the institution.
The highpoint of the event was the official declaration and oath taking by the new students who promised to be of good behaviour.
All the students who spoke to Christian Voice described the event as life opportunity and promised to make the best use of it.
The occasion was well attended with the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Prof. B.E.B. Nwoke.