The Pro-chancellor of Achievers University Owo (AUO), Ondo state, Dr Bode Ayorinde has urged new students of the institution not to suffer in silence by voicing out any intimidation against them.
Ayorinde stated this at the orientation programme for new intakes of the University in Owo on Friday.
He said over 4,000 students have graduated from the University in the last 13 years and would not tolerate any intimidation of students under any guise. “Let the University transformation process take place in your life and be a proud holder of our 1st degree. We are prepared to defend any student who may want to be wronged. We won’t hesitate to send away any staff who intimidate any student based on genuine complaints. We will also not hesitate to send away any student who is found wanting or harassing lecturers to pass,” Ayorinde said.
The legal practitioner appealed to them to always stay at the University and desist from unnecessary movement outside the school. He added that the University environment is conducive enough to accommodate all activities including religious worship.
“Any journey that is not important, please don’t embark on it. Due to the prevailing security challenges in the country, I will urge you all to always restrict your movements within the University.
He said the University doesn’t joke with her 3-core mandate of “knowledge, integrity and leadership”.
“To the students on scholarship, you will observe that we have already stated the amount you will pay at the end of the three-year tenure of the scholarship on your admission letters. Ours is integrity, so we won’t tell you at the fourth year when you are suppose to pay to pay 2 million naira.
“We want you to let us mould you. If you don’t, you will be the one to suffer for it. At Achievers University, we won’t allow cultism and any other activities that would undermine our collective existence. We won’t hesitate to send anyone involved in cultism away from the University.
“Success is for you first before anyone else. But when you fail, you will live with it forever,” he said.
On his part, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Samuel Aje enjoined the students to continuously appreciate and pray for their parents for sponsoring their education.
Aje advised them to always work hard and not be involved in activities that would jeopardize their stay at the school.
He enjoined to continue to obey all the protocols of covid-19 which includes regular hand washing, wearing of facemasks, adding that there would be penalties for not adhering to the protocols of covid-19.
The VC added that the health centre has been well equipped to attending to their needs.
Earlier, Mr. Dokun Farinre, the Bursar of the University, urged the students to allow the school to mould them, adding that if they are dedicated, they would be the best for it.
Revd Bayode Oladimeji, Registrar of the school also charged them to set a goal for themselves. He said their parents and the school are expecting them to come out in flying colors at the end of their programmes.
“While you are here, you should guide yourself against bad groups. It is important for you to know where you’re coming from. Don’t be carried away by the euphoria of being a new undergraduate. Follow the gangs that would always attend classes and be at their best,” he said.
The Dean Students Affairs, Dr Sunday Adenegan said the students should always report any anomaly encountered by them. He added that the lecturers are ready to attend to them at anytime.
Chairman committee of Deans, Prof. Samuel Oyewole, reminded the students that their admission into AUO is one of the paths they would take to achieving greatness in life.
“Don’t allow anything to make you extend your 4 or 5 years stay on campus,” he admonished the students.
Source: The Precision NG