By Gid Ahanonu
The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Prof. Chigozie Asiabaka, has reminded students of tertiary institutions that they were given admissions to acquire knowledge which will later make them useful to themselves and to the society.
The VC was speaking at the inauguration of the newly-elected Students Union Government (SUG) executive of FUTO as well as the commissioning of their resource centre built by the students union but funded by FUTO management.
Prof. Asiabaka commended the former exco, led by Comrade Onochie David Edozie, for completing the resource centre as well as the peaceful conduct of elections.
While urging the new exco to begin new projects, he advised the new president, Comrade Ezenwa Obinna Emmanuel, and his team to live by his oath of office and to emulate their predecessors.
He urged them not to allow external influences but to also seek guidance where necessary, warning against embezzlement of funds and other activities that hamper academics and ruin careers.
Earlier in his address, the Dean, Students Affairs, Prof. M.C. Ofor, commended the Vice Chancellor for being student-friendly and for providing a level playing ground for the students to operate.
He praised the admission method of the university which, he said, guaranteed merit and peace in the campus.
In his valedictory speech, the immediate past president, Comrade Edozie, thanked the VC and entire management of FUTO for their cooperation which enabled him to succeed.
According to him, the SUG during his tenure caused the rehabilitation of the FUTO back gate road, renovated some hostels and the provision of power generating set for hostels, among others.
Also speaking the new president, Comrade Ezenwa, thanked the VC and management as well as his fellow students for electing him.
He pledged to improve on the standard his predecessor had set and enjoined the students to shun cultism, exam malpractices sexual harassment, indecent dressing and other acts that could give the institution a bad name.