Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, has matriculated 6,385 students for the new 2020/2021 academic session.
Salisu Usman Ogbo, the institution’s rector, spoke on Saturday during the 28th matriculation ceremony of the institution.
Ogbo said the matriculating students comprised 4,512 for national diploma (ND) and 1, 873 for higher national diploma (HND).
He warned that the institution prohibits students from engaging in unlawful assembly and membership of any illegal association or cult activities.
“You should be informed that the polytechnic under my watch has zero tolerance for all forms of social vices such as cultism, gun-running and examination malpractices,” he said.
He urged the students to abhor drug abuse, divisive tendencies, cyber crimes, incitement, violence, gangsterism, misuse and destruction of school property, stealing and indecent dressing.
The rector said 150 students had been expelled over various offences.
“Painfully but necessarily,since we came on board, we have so far expelled over 150 students on cases bothering on cultism, examination misconduct, and forging of entry document among others,” he said.
“This is part of our aggressive campaign against rots and unethical engagements.
“Only recently, with the support of the Nigerian Police and the state government in particular, we successfully secured judgement leading to the conviction and sentence of an ND II student of Public Administration.”
The rector also admonished the lecturers not to, under any guise, force students to buy textbooks as a precondition for performance in the continuous assessment (CA) and examinations.
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