The Centre for Continuing Education, CCE, of the Federal University of Technology, Akure on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 held an orientation programme for the newly admitted Pre-degree Science (PDS) and University Advanced Basic Science (UABS) Students as a way of sensitizing them to the requirements of their studentship and the norms of the Institution. The Director of the Centre who is also the Chairman of the programme, Professor Emmanuel Okogbue congratulated the students admitted by the Centre for the 2018/2019 academic session, saying FUTA has the best crop of lecturers to make them achieve their aim. Okogbue said, the target of the Centre is to produce students that are outstanding both in learning and character, “therefore, I enjoin you to know why you are here, face your studies, work hard to be able to get into the main stream of the University” he added.
He said the Centre is bringing in the Tertiary Institution Social Health Insurance Programme (TISHIP), to cater for the health of the students and as a result of this a sick bay will be situated at the University Annex at Ibule-Soro. He enjoined the students to be of good behavior, with high moral standard and work very hard to earn good grades, so as to make both the Centre and their parents proud.
Speaking on tips to successful entrance to FUTA the guest speaker, who is also a Youth worker, Mr. Mike Ogundele said one of the tips is for the students to pay attention to their study, eat good food, take enough rest and have regular exercise. He advised the students not to limit themselves to the information they can access in the lecture room, but also embrace small group interaction and one on one discussion to get impartation. “When needed ask reasonable questions which is the best way to learn, understand your best learning times, assimilation rate and study method, be a student of yourself” he added. Mr. Ogunleye further admonish them to have a firm reading time table and follow it daily, he advised them to shun romantic relationships, pornography and parties, as they are major brain leaks, adding that there is time for everything. He said the student should build a foundation for good character now, so as to secure the future “The University takes character related matters seriously, that is why many measures are taken to ensure that students are reformed in character” he added. Ogunleye enjoined the students to put God first in everything they do, to give necessary attention to their body, make smart decisions and be sure to carry them out with God’s guidance.
The duo of Dr. Olajire Gbaye and Dr. Oluleye Associate Director, Pre-degree Science and Associate Director, University Advanced Basic Science, respectively, advised the students to be law abiding as FUTA will not condone any unethical behavior, “The School will not hesitate to expel any student guilty of any criminal offence. Feel free to meet with Counsellors on the campus to seek advice, our doors are open to you anytime, don’t suffer in silence, speak out”. They added On the external examination that will be written by the UABS students later, Dr. Oluleye advised them to work extra hard to get the minimum point to afford them the opportunity of gaining admission into their desired University.
Earlier in his speech, the Dean of Student Affairs, Professor Gbenga Onibi, who was represented by Mrs. Oyebimpe Olusanya, said FUTA has zero tolerance for any anti-social vices, therefore the students should drop anything or act that can hinder or put a stop to their academic pursuit in FUTA. She advised them to be mindful of the friends they keep “watch the people you mingle with, follow the rules and regulations that guide your stay both in the School and in the hostel, no indecent dressing.
On academic excellence which she described as their primary aim Mrs. Olusanya said, once the students make themselves available and they are not lazy FUTA has the right set of lecturers to impact the knowledge. “FUTA is a home away from home, know that you have parents who are ready to listen to you in FUTA, make use of all the people/counselors made available to you, we are ‘Loco parentis’”.
Speaking on dangers inherent on Nigeria expressways, especially techniques on how to cross Nigeria roads, Professor Olayinka Awopetu said, the students should assume they are the only sane person when on the road and should therefore be extra careful before crossing the road. He advised against the use of earphones, reading and sending messages while on the road, “Tarred roads are meant for vehicles, make use of the pedestrians walkways not the tarred roads and put on reflective jackets if you are to walk in the night so that the oncoming driver can see you, in all don’t back traffic, rather face the traffic to see on coming vehicles” he added.
Chief Security Officer of FUTA, Dr. James Adetoyinbo enjoined the students, to resist invitation to attend night parties, censor who they make friends with and avoid couples life or cohabitation on campus, as some of these vices can easily jeopardize their stay in FUTA. ”Be watchful, don’t walk alone, don’t be lured to join unholy groups as FUTA has zero tolerance for criminality” he advised.