THE students of Nwafor Orizu College of Education Nsugbe (NOCEN) in affiliation with the University of Nigeria have been encouraged to be security conscious and report any suspicious activity they notice around them.
Addressing the students during the occasion of the 41st and 25th matriculation ceremonies of the institution for National Certificate of Education (NCE) programme and Bachelor of Education Degree (B.Ed) respectively, the NOCEN Provost, Dr. Ifeyinwa Osegbo prayed God to keep and guard the students throughout their stay in school given the prevalent insecurity that had enveloped the country and the South East in particular.
“We encourage you to be security conscious as the present day society is becoming more evil and unsecure as never before. The entire country is facing serious security challenges and the best way to be protected is to be personally alert and sensitive to your environment. If you see something say something, whether inside or outside the campus. If you fail to report evil, you may be the next victim”, said Osegbo.
Dr. Osegbo warned the students to avoid antisocial groups, saying that cultism was highly prohibited in the college and offenders would be summarily dealt with according to law.
“Do not succumb to any threat to join antisocial groups but rather inform our swift and gallant security department of such threat for timely intervention. If you are already a cultist, renounce and voluntarily submit yourself for counseling, rehabilitation and reintegration into the society,” said Osegbo.
Moreover, the Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Prof Charles Igwe who was represented by the Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria, Prof. Joshua Umeifekwem also warned the students to shun all forms of violence, examination malpractice, drug abuse, cybercrime, unlawful protest and all forms of misconduct.
“University of Nigeria degree is awarded only to those who have been found worthy in character and learning. Work hard to earn good grades and abide by the rules, regulations, laws of the university and the wider soceity. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the various forms of support systems available in this institution to find Solutions to seeming challenges that they might encounter in their course of study.
“You have the students handbook, violation of these rules can result to stringent punishments, suspension or expulsion,” he said.
Earlier in her address, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh who also represented Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State thanked the students for chosing the noble teaching profession saying that His Excellency was passionate about education and remains committed to ensuring security and easy passage of every student through the walls of educational institution.
“I am proud to be a teacher and if possible will remain a teacher in the next life.. I thank you for choosing education courses. This is an important phase in your lives. You are learning to be teachers who are at the middle of the community, people and nature to nurture the children towards moulding a better society,” she said.