By Kelvin Ololo
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Cross River State (UNICROSS) Prof. Augustine Oko Angba has warned students to avoid all form of vices, pay quality attention to studies and stay safe as they return for 2019/2020 first semester academic session.
The VC gave the warning while meeting with his first year and second year students for the first time since his appointment at new cafe, calabar campus.
Welcoming the students with some top member of the school management after a brief prayer session for peace and progress, he advised those present to take charge of their lives on campus.
He said, “We want to tell you at this stage to be very very careful, your year one and your year two will determine your stay on this campus, it is not everybody who came in year one that will leave year four … Some will fail and drop out, some will be shot in cult (gang) activities, some for one reason or the other may not graduate. But don’t be found among all these and the only way you ensure you graduate depends on what you do as you are in year one.
“If you join cult (gang), two things can happen, it’s either you kill somebody or somebody will kill you … If somebody kills you, you will die, if you kill somebody you will be arrested and you will go to jail and create sorrow for your parent. So go back home and think for your self. If any body want to lure you into lesbianism, gay or cultism (gangsterism) let us know.
“In year one people will want to use your head; if you don’t pay here this will not happen, if you don’t pay there the file will not move, if anybody ask you to pay money that you feel that is not legitimate I beg you the seventy something thousand and eighty something thousand you are paying as school fee is enough, just pay your school fees, we will do everything to give you the best environment to learn. When it has to do with your academics a lecturer must not have any personal affairs with the student.
“Those of you who are girls I tell you, success is not sexually transmitted, if you want to sleep with lecturers to pass you will be losing so much, if you want to sleep with anybody to give you money to pay your school fees, I read on Facebook people saying that because the school fee is expensive so many CRUTECH students are involved in prostitution – not my student! My students cannot involve in prostitution.” He demur.
Prof. Angba further revealed that the management is working very hard to get scholarship for outstanding students from external audit and the scholarship will be strictly for students who are serious with their academics.
He went on to disclose that his office is making arrangement with companies outside for students that will graduate with very good result to get jobs.
The Chairman, COVID-19 Task Force Prof. Emmanuel C. Uttah said students must adhere to measures as “there are already 4,797 suspected cases and 267 confirmed cases in Cross River State.
Meanwhile, academic activities for year one and two students started Monday 22 February, 2021.
Attending the orientation were, the School Registrar, Mr. Victor Ephraim Ene; School Administrator, Prof. Mary Eyo; Deputy VC Academic, Prof. Joy Etowa; Deans of Students Affairs, Dr. Friday Ovat; Heads of Department and Students from five faculties in Calabar campus.
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