The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) on Saturday matriculated 10,000 students under tight security.
Security was beefed up to prevent non-teaching staff from stopping the 44th matriculation ceremony of the institution.
The non-teaching staff are on a national strike and they had threatened to block the university main gate to prevent the matriculation from holding.
Paul Arua, the leader of non-teaching staff in UNN, had said: “It is the responsibility of non teaching staff to organise matriculation and since we are on strike the matriculation should not hold.”
NAN gathered that the timely intervention of policemen, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) thwarted the blockade by the union members.
Benjamin Ozumba, the vice chancellor, urged the newly admitted students to take their studies seriously as UNN is known for academic excellence and has zero tolerance for deviant behaviour.
“The university of Nigeria Nsukka has avalanche of rules and regulations which are applied with strictness without favouring anybody.
“You are advised to avoid deviant behaviour because it’s consequences are not palatable in UNN. Shun cultism, indecent dressing and exam malpractice else you be expelled.”
Ozumba advised the new student to seek advice from their deans, HOD, academic advisers and administrative staff whenever they have any academic problem.
“The university operates a course system which comprises required, ancillary ,and general studies courses. These are clearly designated in all departments,” he said.
“The administration has put appropriate machinery to welcome new students and help them settle down.
“The university organised orientation for you to enable you to know more about the university as well as know the do and don’t.”
The VC commended the new students and their parents for choosing UNN as the university to pursue their chosen courses and promised them that the university would give them the best.
“By choosing UNN, you have made a wise choice. What the institution expects from you, to achieve success, is to fear God in all you do as well as hard work and discipline,” he said.
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