By Freedom Okpubeku

 

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The matriculants

The maiden matriculation ceremony of the Ogor Campus of the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, Bayelsa State, took place on Friday November 30, 2018 amidst great pomp and rejoicing even as the the Ogor Community is said to have become enlisted into the comity of towns hosting institutions of higher learning in Nigeria.

The matriculation ceremony which was held at the Ogor Campus in Ogor Technical College, Ughelli, Delta State, witnessed the matriculation of 100 students into the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) programme of the institution in the presence of principal officers of the institution including the Rector of the polytechnic, Dr. Enetimi Idah Seiyaboh.

According to the Registrar of the institution, J.E.T. Babatola, the 100 admitted students are of the departments of Computer Science (32), Business Administration (29), Public Administration (26), Accountancy (9), as well as Banking and Finance (4).

Activities marking the matriculation ceremony kicked off on Thursday 29th with an orientation session where the students were treated to various speeches on topics such as “The Polytechnic and You” and “Time Management” all in a bid to achieving academic excellence.  And as students began to collect matriculation gowns from the office and shots of photographs started renting the air, the Ogor Technical College premises began to wear a new look of a funfair.

With the matriculation day rolling in on Friday November 30, students could not wait as they trooped in with their parents, friends and well wishers.   At about 11.00am, the ball was set rolling with the matriculation procession which saw the matriculating students marched into the gigantic hall of the college together with the principal officers of the institution.

The Registrar, J. E. T. Babatola, administered the oath to the students who swore to uphold the rules and regulations of the institution and avoid any engagement in social vices or violence which can disrupt the peace and activities of the institution.

Earlier in his speech, the Rector, Dr E. I.  Seiyaboh, noted that the number of matriculants was encouraging and expressed the hope that number would increase in subsequent academic sessions.

Advising the students to appreciate and use well the opportunity of entry into the tertiary education system, the Rector said,  “I wish to therefore  appeal to you to face your studies and to shun all social deviance and vices that often truncate the bright future of any scholar that engages in distractions and unbeneficial  activities … There is no short cut to academic excellence but for you to read, attend classes and participate in all academic programmes required to assess and measure your competencies and capacity.   The time is now for you to do the needful.

“Equally, our students must exhibit high sense of discipline because our diplomas are not awarded to students found wanting in character and in learning.  Discipline and studying hard go hand in hand.  Please, abide by the rules and regulations and participate in academic activities of the Polytechnic to justify your studentship.   Until you maximize your efforts through exhibiting your skills and talents, you cannot benefit humanity as a whole.”

Also speaking, in a good will message, the Ovie of Ogor Kingdom, HRM Okiemute Onajite Igere I, expressed happiness that the Polytechnic campus is located in Ogor Kingdom.   He commended the Federal Government for the recent reduction in the cost of enrolment for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and National Examination Council (NECO) examinations but called on the Federal Government to stop subsidizing petrol.

HRM Igere I, who was represented by Chief K.H. Amakashe, argued that in view of the realization in modern times that without education, no one would amount to anything, government should heavily subsidise education so that the current high cost of getting education in the country at the moment may reduce so that every child can have access to quality education in the country.

According to him, if the money the federal government spends as petrol subsidy is channeled towards education, education would easily be accessible by all and that would bring more development to the country.
On his part, the Director of Programmes in the Ogor Campus, Mr. G. O. Ariejovbo, noted that the matriculation ceremony was successful, ascribing it to the support from the mother campus at Ekowe as well as the co-operation of staff and students of the Centre.

Some matriculating students who spoke with newsmen expressed joy and gratitude to the school management, saying the matriculation has boosted their academic morale and studentship and therefore pledged their support for the Centre. Peter Teku, a student of Computer Science department, said:  “As for me and my colleagues, we are so happy because it is a time to reassure ourselves that we are really bona-fide students of the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe. We are glad that God gave us this opportunity. And when I saw members of the Board of Directors of the Polytechnic, the Rector, the Registrar and many other people from the main campus, l was really happy. It shows us that they really have us in mind. We now believe that better things are coming ahead.

Another student, Unuavwe Endurance Rukevwe of Business Administration department, added: “l am pleased to be here. At least, from what I have seen in this matriculation, in the next two years, we should be successful graduates from this school.”

Other dignataries that graced the occasion included Mr. P.O. Ogoruwe, the Secretary-General of Ogor Kingdom, who represented the President-General of the Kingdom; Pastor Monday Okoro of the Power of Life Ministry,Warri; and Chief Duke Enakpomu, the Uloho of Okparabe kingdom.  The Ogor Campus of the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, started academic work in August this year.