The Vice Chancellor gave this assurance while addressing a cross section of students during the 4th Orientation Exercise organised for freshmen of the University in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology and 3rd batch students held at the University’s Auditorium on March 4, 2016. Professor Nwajiuba stated that as a father, he would ensure that the basic needs of the students are met, and vowed to be there for them at all times, just as fathers are always there for their children. The orientation programme was the first official event involving students to be attended by the Vice Chancellor since his appointment on February 13, 2016. Earlier in his remarks, the Registrar of the University, Mr. Gabriel Oko Chukwu reiterated the need for students to eschew social vices and other behaviours that would be detrimental to their academic pursuit in the University. The Registrar who was represented by the Deputy Registrar, Mr. F.U.Onwumere, charged the newly admitted students to pay priority attention to their studies to avert academic failure. Mr. Onwumere further admonished them to imbibe the culture of excellence and integrity which the University is known for and stressed that cultism, examination malpractice, indecent dressing and other forms of misconducts would not be tolerated while also advising them not to be swayed by the euphoria of being in a higher institution but to face their studies squarely in order to graduate with flying colours. “It’s one thing to gain admission and it’s another thing to graduate. Examination malpractice is a taboo in this campus as our billboards have shown. Remember as you lay your bed, so you will lie on it,” Mr Onwumere noted.
In his welcome address, the Dean, Students Affairs, Associate Professor C.E. Mbah admonished the students to put God first in their lives, stressing the importance of hard work and dedication in achieving success as students. He further charged them to always ask questions and file their complaints to relevant authorities instead of wallowing in self pity and ignorance, and embarking on self-help which might jeopardize their studentship of the University.
Presenting an exhortation tagged ‘’YOUR MISSION IN FUNAI’’, Rev Chigozie urged the students to know that outside JESUS CHRIST, accomplishing one’s mission in life in general and in FUNAI in particular, is elusive. Rev. Chigozie further charged them to avoid extravagant lifestyle and cutting corners; but live within their means and abide by the laws of the University.
On his part, Dr Dili Ojukwu, the Director of Information and Computer Technology, called on the students to avail themselves of the proficient services rendered by the ICT Unit of the University to carry out their academic works and be abreast of the goings on in the wider world.
The University Librarian, Dr Okalanwon Adediji in his presentation viewed the library as “the nerve centre of the university,” hence the need for students to take advantage of it as a veritable source of information for research and other academic activities. The University Librarian was represented by Mr. Emenike Igwebuike, a Library Officer.
Dido Mann Emmanuel presenting a talk on ‘Youths and Drug Abuse,’ charged the students to avoid un-prescribed drugs and other life damaging substances, cautioning that such were very lethal and would surely interfere with their quest for academic excellence. He urged them to steer clear of hard drugs.
Dwelling on the need to be security conscious on campus, the Chief Security Officer of the University, Major M. Onwe (rtd.) reiterated the University’s commitment to providing all-round security for the students but cautioned them against moving alone on campus especially at night and stressed the need for them to abide by the dictates of the University as encapsulated in the Students’ Handbook.
The arrival of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba at the event changed the entire ambiance of the University auditorium hall, as students were in a state of ecstasy and gave him a standing ovation. Professor Nwajiuba was all smiles, exchanging pleasantries with the students, showing that he is, indeed, a leader with empathy.