The management of Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Orumba North LGA of Anambra State, has warned new entrants of the institution to shun unholy gathering that could lead to membership of a cult group.
The Rector of the polytechnic, Francisca Nwafulugo, who addressed the students during the 37th matriculation ceremony said the institution has a strong policy against cultism, and that the sanction for belonging to it is severe.
Nwafulugo, who was represented by the Deputy Rector, Administration, Dr. Kenneth Ezekwe at the virtual matriculation ceremony held on Saturday to minimize physical gather said the institution only tolerates social, religious and sport gatherings, while charging the student to embrace their studies.
“You can engage in social, sport and religious activities that would help you in your academics as well as in character building, but not cult related activities.
“I must inform you that the polytechnic is not a dumping ground for anyone who wishes to while away his or her time. It is not a place to join cult groups and get entangled with other dangerous activities as the management has zero tolerance against cultism in whatever shape or form it might take.
“It is not a place to cheat in exams when you have not read your books or attended classes, else you will be expelled from this institution. The polytechnic also does not tolerate indecent dressing, stealing, fighting or utter disrespect to constituted authority. Failure to adhere to these rules will meet serious sanctions.”
The Rector urged academic and non-academic staff members as well as parents of the new intakes to work assiduously to ensure that their wards are always in the right track so as to bring glory to themselves, their families, the institution, the nation and society at large.
Two students each from various departments represented others at the physical event, while other students followed the ceremony virtually.
Officials of the institution who attended the event included; Deputy Rector, Academic, Mr. Uche Onyegbu; Polytechnic Librarian, Mrs Ezemba Nwabu, Director, Medical Services, Dr. Ifeoma Monago. Deans of the institution; Dr. S.I. Okeke, Dr. Dr. Onyeka Uwakwe, Comarde, S.I. Okonkwo, Dr. Chineyere Emele, Dr. C. Mbonu, Tpl.Val Ezenwa Engr. V. Oti and Dr Aghanya also attended the event