FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun addressing the newly-admitted students during the Matriculation Ceremony.
The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has assured newly-admitted students of the University Management’s commitment at ensuring that they complete their programmes on record time.
Professor Balogun gave the assurance while delivering his matriculation Address for the 2011/2012 Academic Session.
The Vice-Chancellor charged the students to prepare their minds, to complete their studies on schedule while stressing that the current administration, with the support of both academic and non-teaching staff had succeeded in putting the necessary machinery in motion, to achieve this. Professor Balogun disclosed that the University had been able to regularize its academic programmes at a time when some universities were just starting their first or second semester examinations, adding that this feat helped the University attained the position of the 7th best University in Nigeria and 60th best in Africa.
He admonished the students to desist from any act, capable of robbing the University of its hard earned accolade, warning that the University had zero tolerance for academic laziness, truancy, indiscipline, disrespect for constituted authorities and rascality.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, “the University is convinced that the pursuit of academic work flourishes best in a free and peaceful environment devoid of rancour, antisocial behaviours and other un-warranted disturbances”.
Professor Balogun pointed out that the University had made provisions for adequate facilities for the personal growth and development of students, like the establishment of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), Health Services, Library/ICT services, lecture theatres, sporting and recreational facilities, among others.
The Vice-Chancellor enjoined the students to take advantage of the existing facilities and cautioned against destroying them.
Professor Balogun disclosed that 3,560 students were offered provisional admission for the 2011/2012 academic year having been found to be above board, morally and academically.