V-C Tasks Basic Students On Hard Work At Orientation By Otikor Samuel

Students admitted into the pre-degree programmes run by the School of Basic Studies for the 2018/2019 academic session, have been advised to take their one-year remedial courses seriously if they wish to secure admission into the University on the completion of their studies.
Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic matters, Professor Hakeem Fawehinmi, handed down the advice while addressing the students during this year's Orientation exercise. Professor Fawehinmi, who represented the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ndowa Lale, at the exercise which held at the Basic Studies Auditorium on Saturday, January 19, 2019, warned them against losing focus and dropping by the wayside.
“We are here to guide and assist you to secure admission into degree programmes of this University and we want you to be of best behaviour. One year may be a short time, but it may determine your future career direction and what you ultimately become in life. What it means is that you will be the ones to decide whether to use this rare opportunity judiciously or not. It is our hope that you will take the counsel of speakers here seriously to have a seamless preparatory programme,” the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, who is also Chairman of the Board of the School told the students.
In her address, Director of the School, Professor Ekanem Wokoma, stated that the Orientation was held to expose the students to the operational structure of the University. “The Orientation exercise is to explain the academic and host communities norms, introduce you to university life, help you acclimatise to your new surroundings, provide an opportunity for the School to meet you and inform you of the services available to you and your obligations to the University,” the Director further disclosed.
In his presentation entitled: Basic Academic Programmes and Norms, JAMB, Exam Malpractice, the Assistant Director, Dr. Joseph Amieibibama, gave the students basic information about the programme. “The Basic Studies programme is very intensive and extremely competitive. Those admitted into the School are not yet bona fide students of UniPort,” Dr. Amieibibama said, reminding them that there would be no room for resit examination.
Chief Security Officer, Mr. Sunday Osarollo spoke on the dangers of engaging in cult activities and security, while the Chief Executive Officer of 180 Degree Rehabilitation Centre, Rev Christie Bature, spoke on the need for young people to shun drug abuse. They separately advised the students to shun all acts of misconduct, charging them to exhibit good character traits in addition to studying hard as universities only award degrees to students who satisfy them in character and learning.
Acting Director of the Health Services Department, Dr Chinwe Ezirim, took the students on how to access medical facilities in the University, advising them to do proper medical check-up before their examination.
Acting Director of Special Projects in the Vice Chancellor's Office, Dr Sunny Igwe, enjoined the candidates to respect the norms of the host communities to foster peaceful existence, while Mr Justice Ewelie who represented the Admissions Officer, Mr Goodnews Ijah, spoke on the requirements and processes for securing admission into the University. 
Dr Barilee Baridam of the Department of Computer Science spoke on Academic Success, advising the students to complement their dreams with practical action if they hope to excel in their academic career. The orientation exercise also featured dance drama and interactive session.


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