The Vice-Chancellor of Osun State University, Professor Labode Popoola, Wednesday, said no fewer than two thousand, seven hundred and fifty (2,750) qualified candidates were admitted for 2016/2017 academic session even as he reiterated his commitment to fighting cultism and corruption in the institution.
Professor Popoola made this known in his speech delivered at the University’s 10th Matriculation Ceremony held across all campuses of the institution on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. He said the 2,750 matriculating students were found qualified and offered admission out of a total number of six thousand, seven hundred and seventy-nine (6779) candidates who applied to study various courses being offered in the University.
He said: “For 2016/2017 academic session, a total number of six thousand, seven hundred and seventy-nine (6779) candidates applied to Osun State University to study various courses being offered in the Institution.
Of this number, only two thousand, seven hundred and fifty (2750) candidates were offered admission having been found successful in the mandatory Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), and the oral screening conducted by the University to further ascertain and strengthen the quality of candidates being admitted to the University in particular. “Our record shows a snapshot of the 2016/2017 Admission Exercise as follows: College of Agriculture-125, College of Education-322, College of Health Sciences-451, College of Science, Engineering and Technology-720, College of Management and Social Sciences-736, College of Humanities and Culture- 349 and College of Law- 47. Being among the lucky few calls for deep reflections.”
He said the University would not tolerate cultism, hooliganism and other evil acts. “You need to continually remember that the distance between today’s ceremony and convocation ceremony is quite wide and it is important that the journey ends successfully. “For this to happen, you need to be regular in attendance at lectures, carrying out all your assignments, shunning deviant behaviours and other vices that can expose you and others to danger. This University has zero tolerance for cultism, any form of hooliganism and corruption. I need to further advise you to show respect to your colleagues and staff in the University to make your stay fruitful and productive. Be modest and decent in your dressing and approach to issues,” he stated.
He also advised the students to pay school fees as no unregistered students would be allowed to write the semester exam. “In spite of dwindling resources, the University has managed to stay afloat to deliver good services to our students. We must continue to be prudent with, and make judicious use of our meagre resources by blocking every possible leakage. Your role in prompt payment of fees and other charges would assist the University greatly in this regard. “The recent audit of the payment of fees reveals that the University is being owed over Two Billion Naira. This unwholesome trend must stop. The University has therefore, decided that no students will be allowed to write examinations without full payment of all prescribed fees. We need your cooperation in this regard to enable us deliver on our mandate of producing graduates that are globally competitive and can contribute meaningfully to global development. On our part, we assure you of probity, transparency and accountability in the use of your resources,” he stated.
Professor Popoola also reiterated the commitment of his administration to the provision of adequate security on all the campuses of the University. “I wish to assure you of maximum security on all our campuses. We however, plead that you do not hesitate to report any suspicious activities to the Dean of Student Affairs, Sub-Deans, Security Officers attached to you campuses, and your Course Advisers. Be reminded that the oath you have taken today is to be obedient to the Vice-Chancellor, all those in authority, and to be of good conduct throughout your stay in the University. Please be warned that a breach of the oath taken today will definitely attract appropriate sanctions. Again, I admonish you to steer clear of cultism, hooliganism and other forms of social menace,” he warned.