The Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, has advised new students of the institution to combine academic excellence with culture of virtue.
Ogunbodede gave the advice on Wednesday, at the matriculation ceremony organised for new intakes of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, for the 2019/2020 academic session.
While welcoming the 6,105 freshmen, out of 18,000 candidates who applied for admission, the VC described OAU as the most beautiful campus in Africa and a leading research and ICT based university in Nigeria.
He advised the students to be diligent in their studies in order to excel, stressing that their academic pursuit for success starts immediately.
Ogunbodede also tasked the freshmen to use their time judicially and judiciously by avoiding colleagues whose perception of the university was a place of unlimited freedom without a corresponding degree of responsibility.
The VC warned the new students against all forms of social vices that could disrupt the smooth running of the university and unnecessary truncating or elongating the academic calendar.
“Therefore, we implored you to desist from such anti-social displays, but only make choice of friends that’ll positively influence you and cultivate attitudes that will lead you to overall success.
“Note that Obafemi Awolowo University has zero tolerance for cultism, examination malpractice, violent behaviour, flagrant disregard to constituted authority and all forms of sexual harassment,” he said.
Mr Paul Alaje, a former President, Obafemi Awolowo University, Student Union, who was the guest lecturer, urged the new students to hit the ground running and optimally take advantage of the opportunities the institution has provided.
Alaje whose lecture was titled: “The Greatness of Great Ife; Creating an Indelible Mark”, said Nigeria needs to diversify her economy as it could no longer depend on revenue from oil going by emerging global trend.
He advised the students to exert themselves by focusing on their academic pursuit and avoid being distracted from achieving their goals.