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Historic: Ozoro matriculates 1,750 students

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…VC warns against indecent dressing, dreadlocks

History was made at Ozoro when 1,750 pioneer students of Delta State University of Science of Technology took their matriculation oath that qualified them as full fledged  pioneer students of the institution.
The university, which was one of the three newly established tertiary institutions by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration, boasts of six faculties: Administrations and Management, Agriculture, Computing, Engineering, Environmental Sciences and Pure Sciences with 45 departments and 45 programmes approved by the National Universities Commission, (NUC),.
While congratulating the first set of students for the great opportunity,  the Vice Chancellor, enjoined them to be of good conduct throughout their stay in the university warning that any misdemenour would attract severe punishment.
The Commissioner for Higher Education, Professor Patrick Muoboghare, in his speech described the exercise as, “The germination of the seeds planted by the State Governor, Dr. Okowa planted and I pray that the seeds would grow to maturity in no distant time.”
“Some critics described the university as a glorified secondary school, but the event of today had disproved such insinuation, as the university had come to stay”, he assured.
While thanking Governor Okowa for establishing the institutions. Professor Muoboghar, said, “The idea has invariably provided opportunities for the teeming numbers of admission seekers who would have been denied admission into the university.
“I congratulated the students for being part of the epoch making event and therefore advised them to obey all the rules and regulations of the university so that they would have a smooth sail during their stay in the university.”
In his address, the Vice Chancellor assured parents of safety of their children and wards, saying, “Students must dress properly and avoid wearing dread locks and  focus on their books.”
 “Matriculation in an ancient academic tradition confers membership of a tertiary institution on would be students. It was mandatory for all fresh students and was the beginning of academic journey for all full-fledged students of the university, which began with the ceremony.
“We commend Governor  Okowa for the bold step in taking such laudable decision. I urge all associations and clubs within the institution must be registered with the university authority.
Hghlight of the ceremony was the administration of the matriculation oath on the students by the Registrar of the university, Mrs. Stella Muoboghare who later invited the Vice-Chancellor to admit the students into the institution.
The Vice-Chancellor of the Dennis Osadebay University, Professor Ben Odiojafor, was among the dignitaries that attended the ceremony.

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