To further strengthen its resolve against cultism, the 2020/2021 fresh students of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, (MOUAU) have been reminded that the school does not tolerate anti-social vices.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, handed down this warning Wednesday at the opening ceremony of the 26th orientation programme for the students.
Represented by his Deputy Vice_Chancellor (Academics), Professor Udo Herbert, the vice-chancellor warned, “We have zero tolerance for anti-social behaviours and tendencies as a University.
“As a consequence, cultism, examination malpractice, indecent dressing, extortion, violent behaviour of any description, sexual harassment, prostitution and other manifestations of anti-social behaviour have no place in this University.
Senate will deal decisively at all times with any student involved in such acts.
“I wish to return to the issue of cultism because of the dangers it poses to unsuspecting students and our corporate life as an institution. Cultism has ruined many lives and brought untold grief to many families. Cultists use all sorts of seemingly benign strategies to recruit innocent students and this includes persuasion and deceit.
“They paint all kinds of false but attractive pictures and scenarios to lure prospective members. They promise power, security, wealth and immunity from all kinds of hazards as dividends accruable to members. These are all false promises because, cultism leaves in its weak debasement, low esteem, failure, despair and sorrow.
“It is imperative to make it abundantly clear that anyone of you who allows himself/herself to be lured and initiated into cult groups shall be shown his/her way out of this University irreversibly. If you were initiated before you arrived here, you have an opportunity to renounce cultism and repudiate it completely.
“We have instituted two prayer sessions in the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike because of our strong belief in the limitless possibilities of prayer. One session holds on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 8.30 am while the other holds every Quarter. Moslem staff and students also hold their prayers simultaneously.”
MOUAU as a young but rapidly growing institution, he said had limitations and challenges in the area of infrastructural facilities, adding “If you are wise, you shall choose today, the path of success which is travelled by only disciplined and hardworking individuals, and assured “if on graduation you come out the best student with a very sound First Class Honours degree, you will have a chance to be automatically employed in the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.”
Also advising the students, the national President of the school’s Alumni Association, Dr Obasi Igwe Oscar, who was represented by Dr Augustine Ogbonna, said choosing the school is a step in the right direction and urged them not to cue into negative behaviours, while the Dean of Student Affairs, Mark Ogbuagu assumed that his office will give them positive bearing thorough advice.
A minute silence, conducted by the President, Students Union Government, Chukwuma Ogochukwu was observed for the student crushed by trailer on Sunday.