By Gid Ahanonu
Students of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) under the auspices of the Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (IWOGDS), in collaboration with the Federal University of Technology Owerri Women Association (FUTOWA), and the Students Union Government (SUG) of the school, last Tuesday, embarked on a sensitization campaign against ills in the institution.
The programme, which was tagged “War Against Vices in FUTO” was flagged off by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. E.C. Eze, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. J.B. Orebiyi.
In his speech, Prof. Orebiyi remarked that FUTO, as a seat of excellence, was noted for good conduct in character and learning, stressing that it cannot afford to be associated with negative activities that could tarnish the image of the institution.
He commended the students for their efforts which were geared towards sanitizing the institution of negative vices.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor appreciated the efforts of the wife of the Vice Chancellor, Dr. (Mrs) E. Eze, who is the President of FUTOWA and the Director of IWOGDS, Prof. (Mrs.) Gloria Okwu, in piloting the event, describing it as marvelous.
Earlier, Dr. Eze disclosed that the sensitization was aimed at making the youths to realize that social vices are detrimental to their health and careers as well as capable of tarnishing the image of their school.
She stressed the need for them to shun all forms of vices that are capable of leading them to expulsion or suspension from the university, as the school was already rated highly.
IWOGGS director, Prof. Mrs. Okwu, counseled students, as they embarked on field work, not to stop the event that day to to follow up their objectives.
She charged them to track down the culprits by reporting them to the authorities for adequate punishment.
The SUG President, Comrade Frank Samuel, disclosed that the exercise became necessary because of negative publications against FUTO in the social media.
He stated that they had been reporting some culprits to the school’s security agents for disciplinary action and assured that the vices in the institution would be stamped out.
The students carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Say no to cultism”, “Say no to cyber crime”, “Say no to Co-habitation”, “Say no to drug abuse”, etc round the university community.