The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) on Friday matriculated 5,646 students for the 2018/2019 academic session.
Speaking at the 26th matriculation of the institution, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Francis Otunta urged the matriculating students to shun cultism and other social vices that could hinder their academic progress.
He also urged them to take their studies seriously, adding that they should not give room to the devil to distract them.
Otunta said that the delisting of some courses by the National Universities Commission (NUC) whittled down the number of students admitted for the new session.
He stated that NUC’s action was hinged on the Federal Government’s directive to specialized universities in the country to concentrate on their core mandate adding that the affected departments were those that were highly subscribed to by candidates for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination.
The VC also noted that the new JAMB condition in which candidates for the 2018/2019 admission were to upload their O’Level SSCE result to JAMB portal as another challenge experienced during the admission.
“So many candidates that lacked knowledge of this new development missed the admission already granted by the university,” the VC stated.
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