The Vice Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (AE- FUNAI), Thursday, warned newly admitted students that the University do not tolerate any form of cultism, campus prostitution, exam malpractice, money-for marks and other social vices.
The VC, Prof Sunday Elom, issued the warning at the 9th matriculation ceremony of the Institution.
He said the university matriculated 4,715 students for the 2020/2021, and that out of the number, 2,191 are males while 2, 524 are females.
Prof. Elom advised the matriculants to shun anything that can deter them from reaching their goals.
The VC said the university would not hesitate to rusticate or expell any student found culpable of any social vices, even as he warned them to beware of campus life attractions.
He urged the students to report any form of sexual abuse, intimidation and extortion from staff to the relevant authorities and assured the student of disciplinary actions against any staff that is found to be intimidating or harassing any student sexually.
The Vice Chancellor mentioned some of the challenges facing the institution to include, accommodation problem, lack of banking facility, inadequate lecture halls, heightened insecurity due to the ongoing communal conflict between our host community – Ikwo and Izzi.
He assured the students to that despite these challenges, the University remains committed to students’ welfare and would continue to improve the conditions in the hostels and the entire campus.
“So, today, I want to assure you that the interests of our students is of top most priority to me, and the University Management will continue to work assiduously to ensure that your academic journey in AE-FUNAI will be rewarding and memorable.
“AE-FUNAI is on the right track in its drive to becoming a world-class university and a vibrant centre of learning and research because excellence, integrity and entrepreneurship are our core values.
“We are putting things in place to make sure your stay on campus is peaceful, comfortable and worthwhile”.
“Our long term plan is to have at least 60% of the students’ population living on campus. Plans are also on the way to construct more faculty buildings, lecture halls and theaters and staff offices to enhance teaching and learning.”
“This University is not just interested in producing first-class materials that would rule their world after graduation but also men and women of honour and character that will be a light to their generation” he added.