By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
At least 150 students have been expelled by the management of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja for various offences while one was sentenced to eight-year imprisonment for possession of firearms.
The Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, Dr. Salisu Usman Ogbo who disclosed this while speaking at the 28th Matriculation of the Institution in Lokoja on Saturday, warned the new intakes to shun social vices inimical to undermine the rules and regulation of the school.
He explained that the Kogi State Polytechnic has zero-tolerance for all forms of social vices such as cultism, gun-running, examination malpractices, drug abuse, divisive tendencies, cybercrimes, incitement, violence, gangsterism, misuse and destruction of school property, stealing and indecent dressing.
The Rector, therefore, admonished the matriculants within the ambience of the institution’s value for academic excellence, creativity, and self-reliance, adding that the students have unlimited opportunities to explore and excel in any virtuous endeavour.
According to Ogbo, “However, you should be informed that the reformed Kogi State Polytechnic under my watch has zero-tolerance for all forms of social vices such as cultism, gun-running, examination malpractices, drug abuse, divisive tendencies, cybercrimes, incitement, violence, gangsterism, misuse and destruction of school property, stealing and indecent dressing.
“It is important to note that, while noble acts attract rewards, all vices will be met with heavy and severe sanctions.
“You should endeavour to obtain, read and digest the revised edition of the Students’ information Handbook that will be distributed through your respective Departments. Ignorance of the law has no place in this School and will not be condoned.
“In particular, cultism and examination misconduct are completely forbidden on our campus.
“All the security architecture of the Polytechnic placed in so many strategic places has both visible and invisible preventive mechanisms to deal with cultists and examination fraudsters, their sympathizers and sponsors.
“Students are advised to stay safe and free from all cult-related lifestyles, examination misconduct and other social vices.
“Students are also advised to report any move intended to intimidate or lure them into cultism from any quarters to the Security Unit. Students are further advised to dress modestly and in accordance with acceptable standards.
“Painfully but necessarily, since we came on board, following the laid down rules and regulation as contained in the Students’ Information Handbook, we have so far expelled over 150 students on cases bothering on cultism, examination misconduct, and forging of entry documents among others as part of our aggressive campaign against rots and unethical engagements.
“Recently, with the support of the Nigerian Police and the State Government in particular, we successfully secured judgement leading to the conviction and sentence of an ND 11 student of Public Administration.
“The said student, Mr. Tenimu Muhammed was apprehended with a locally made pistol and some live ammunition while making his way to the campus to sit his final paper. Mr. Tenimu instead of taking the path of a decent life to study and graduate to become a responsible citizen, is currently serving an eight-year prison term in addition to payment of N8,000 fine to the State Government.
“Mr. Tenimu was specifically convicted for belonging to an unlawful society cult which he is now regretting.”
While advising the new students, the guest speaker, Mr. Bisong P. Bisong , the Acting Principal Staff Officer, Operation /Intelligence, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), said that no fewer than 14.3 million people 20 per cent have substance use disorders, stressing that these disorders affect the user immediate family and the society at large and grave consequences.
Bisong noted that for drug to be abuse when used in a manner that deviates from medically approved or socially acceptable patterns within the society, noting that the initial decision to take drugs is typical voluntary with its continued used and ability to exert self-control becomes seriously impaired is the hallmark of addiction.