No fewer than 255 students would be benefiting from the tuition-free scholarship of Achievers University Owo (AUO), Ondo state.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Samuel Aje stated this at the school’s Trinity Building on Thursday during the 2020/2021 matriculation ceremony of 593 new students.
The Precision NG reports that the students would be enjoying the scholarship for three consecutive academic sessions. The scholarship is available in 10 courses.
Prof. Aje advised the new intakes to be focused and learn to live by the motto of the University – Knowledge, Integrity and Leadership.
“A student endowed with good character will know how to do things at appropriate times, will attend lectures regularly and will dutifully execute all assignments unfailingly.
“He or she will not keep bad friends and neither will he accept any peer influence to distract him or divert his attention from the ideal,” he said.
On his part, the Pro-chancellor and Founder of the University, Dr Bode Ayorinde, reminded the students and their parents that the institution has zero tolerance for indiscipline, examination malpractices and other social vices, and would not hesitate to expel defaulters.
“We know you have a choice outside Achievers University, as we are not the only tertiary institution around. But we employ you to let us build your children.
“You will also play a part in that. Try to monitor their movements. Some of them would not resume to school on time not until the third or fourth week when their mates already on campus,” Ayorinde said.
While reiterating that the University’s certificate is not for sale, he urged the students to inculcate the habit of reading for about 2 hours everyday and always ensure they sleep early in order the wake up early to study.
Earlier, the guest lecturer, who is also an alumnus of the school, Mr Morounfoluwa Arodudu, identified peer pressure, unemployment, poor parenting and laziness as some of the social vices that could militate against the progress of youths, especially undergraduates.
Mr Arodudu whose lecture centred on “Navigating the slippery but enticing path of social vices”, called on parents to pay more attention to their children.
“This is the time you need to know your child’s friends, status and even academic performance. This is the major role of our mothers,” he said.
He also urged government to do their part by coming up with job opportunities, empowerment programmes and forums to engage students and youths about the dangers associated with some of the social vices in the society.
He advised the new intakes to avoid facing the students disciplinary committee of the University by staying out of trouble.
The former president of the institutions’ students body also enjoined them to choose their friends wisely, adding that the friends they choose now would determine their future in life.
Top management staff of the University at the event are the Registrar, Rev. Canon, Bayode Oladimeji; Bursar, Mr Dokun Farinre and Acting Librarian, Mrs Darlina Ogbuiyi-Oriogu.