Benson Idahosa University on Friday matriculated a total of 600 students into her undergraduate programme for the 2017/2018 academic session.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie, who disclosed this at matriculation ceremony of the University, charged the new intakes to be disciplined and dedicated to their studies. The event was attended by principal officers of the institution.
While congratulating the freshers for being among the few lucky students who have been offered admission, he stated that the privilege given to them came with responsibilities which required them to take their studies serious.
“Dear Matriculating Student, I congratulate you for making the right decision by choosing Benson Idahosa University. I know you had other choices, there are a lot of Universities in Nigeria but for so many reasons you decided to come to Benson Idahosa University. But, I want to remind you that this admission comes with responsibilities,” he said.
Benson Idahosa University is guided by its Mission, Vision and Core Purpose.
“The Vision of Benson Idahosa University is raising Academics, Professionals and Entrepreneurs, who will be effective disciples for Christ by excelling in their professional fields and our Mission is raising leaders for the nation, who are complete in spirit, mind and body, thus contributing to the production of high-level leadership and quality manpower for the nation and the world.”
He warned the students shun cultism and drugs as the University has a zero tolerance to illicit drug consumption, sexual immorality and cultism adding that the Founder of the University, Archbishop Benson Idahosa placed a standing curse on whomsoever that would indulge in these practices. He advised them to be law-abiding and to refrain from joining unlawful groups, saying the Management would not hesitate to deal with offenders.
Prof Izevbigie said: “I want to make it clear that Benson Idahosa University has a zero tolerance policy for cultism, in other word there is no room for cultism. Contravention of this policy would attract severe sanction as stipulated in the Student Handbook. As matter of fact the founder of this great University placed a curse on any Staff or Student that would bring cultism into Benson Idahosa University.”
According to him, the students are trained to become agents of change to and develop their leadership and communication skills to succeed long after they graduate. He reminded them that the school’s degree certificate is awarded only to those who have been found worthy both in learning and in character.
The high point of the event was the symbolic signing by representative of each Faculty and the administering of oath by the Registrar, Rev. Mike Okagbare.
The Registrar, Rev. Mike Okagbare, told the students that the oath is binding on them and they must live up to the Core Purpose of the University which to change Nigeria.
Some of the matriculating students, who spoke to ‘The Pipeline’ thanked God for the opportunity given to them to study at the institution and promised to be law abiding.