Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja on Tuesday matriculated 4,349 students for 2023/2024 academic session with a charge to the student to shun vices that are inimical to their studies.
The Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr Salisu Usman Ogbo who disclosed this at the 31st matriculation ceremony of the institution held at Lokoja campus of the institution, said the matriculating students comprises of 3,124 for National Diploma, (ND) and 1,225 for Higher National Diploma, (HND), spread across schools and departments of the Polytechnic.
Ogbo added that the students were admitted into departments in the schools of Agricultural Technology, Applied Sciences, Art Design and Printing, Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management Studies.
While congratulating the new students for their successes in their admission, the Rector warned that the institution has zero tolerance for all forms of social vices such as cultism, gun-running, examination malpractice, drug abuse, alcoholic addiction, unhealthy social gatherings, cybercrimes, incitement to violence, gangsterism, misuse and destruction of public property, stealing, indecent dressing, among others.
“My simple warning is for you to stay away from these vices to avoid running afoul of the law. Any breach will attract appropriate penalty, including outright expulsion and prosecution.
“The Students’ Information Handbook that will be distributed to you through your respective departments will guide you on the dos and don’ts of the Polytechnic.
“Ignorance of the law has no place in the Polytechnic and will not be condoned. Let me particularly emphasize on cultism, which is completely forbidden on our campus. You are therefore warned to desist from any form of luring cultist related activities in the institution” he warned.
He charged the students to be security conscious and should support the efforts of the management by reporting suspicious activities to the appropriate authority.
“My dear students, as part of the security measures of this Polytechnic, it is mandatory for you to be in possession of your student identification card at all times while on campus. You are advised to obey this simple but very important instruction to avoid embarrassment by the security agents” he advised.