The Federal government on Tuesday warned students of the newly inaugurated Federal Universities across the country to shun cultism and other vices that could truncate their future ambitions.
Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai, Minister of Education gave the warning during the 2012/ 2013 maiden matriculation ceremony of the Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, (FUNAI), Ebonyi.
He urged the students not to engage in any activity that could drag the name of the university in the mud.
“You must pride yourself in the pursuit of education and therefore not be involved in acts that will bring shame to the university,” she said.
According to her, about 308 students have been admitted into the three approved faculties of the institution namely: Basic Medical Sciences, Humanities/Social Sciences and Sciences/Technology.
“The programme-focus of FUNAI would be engineering in order to reflect the needs of the immediate community in the area.
“The Executive arm of government also presented to the National Assembly the draft bills to legalise the existence of these Universities, as the bills establishing them have been recently passed,” she said.
She said President Goodluck Jonathan had approved the take-off grant of N1.5 billion and N2 billion in successive tranches for each University.
She said the new universities had matriculated over 1,500 students across the country.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ibidapo Obe, assured the students of qualitative education.
He added that the management of the institution had assembled best brains in different academic fields to enhance the pursuit of education in the institution.
“I urge the students to ensure they set the pace for the growth of the university with their good conduct and pursuit of academic excellence,” he said.
Reports has it that goodwill messages were delivered by relevant stakeholders urging the students to be good ambassadors of their families, school and country.
Miss Ebele Ani, one of the new students said she would pay attention to her studies in order to achieve her life ambition.