2nd December, 2010
What would you do if you were among 6,400 students that were matriculated recentlyÂ at the prestigious University of Lagos out of 62,276 candidates that applied forÂ admission and the 45,369 that eventually sat for the post UTME?Â Scream, jump, danceÂ or cry?
Well, thatâ€™s exactly what some students are still doing. It was a week-longÂ orientation programme for the newly admitted students of the schoool, which startedÂ Monday, 22 to Friday, 26 November, 2010.
At the opening the ceremony of the 2010/2011 orientation programme for freshers, theÂ Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Adetokunbo B. Sofoluwe, welcomed the newÂ comers to the university.
He congratulated the â€˜chosen fewâ€™ who constituted part of the 10 per cent of theÂ applicants registered as worthy Akokites, admonishing them that the journeyÂ ofÂ three, four, five or six sessions, (depending on the course of study) requiresÂ determination, diligence, dedication and focus.
â€œYou must have a vision, a dream. I envisage that your goal should be to acquireÂ academic excellence with good character within the set time. When you exhibit thisÂ behaviour, surely you will excel, win accolades and graduate in flying colours,â€ heÂ told the excited students.
In a fatherly tone, he admonished the jambites to shun all vices such as internetÂ fraud, violence, drug abuse, examination malpractice, cultism, etc. as any form ofÂ misconduct or poor performance can abruptly terminate their studies because theÂ university pays premium attention to safety as well as security and has zeroÂ tolerance for crimes and criminals
He enthused that his administration, through team work, will ensure that UNILAGÂ remains not just a centre of excellence but ranked among the first one hundredÂ universities in the world.
This was greeted with shouts and applause from the freshers who could not concealÂ their excitement.
Prof. Sofoluwe encouraged the jambites to avail themselves of theÂ schoolâ€™sÂ facilities such as the medical centre, the counseling centre, sport centre,Â libraries, internet connectivity, and the Centre for Information Technology (CITS),Â where students are encouraged to acquire their personal lap-tops by cash or pay inÂ instalments.
He also noted that students should not hesitate to report personal challenges andÂ all forms of harassment.
Finally, he listed out incentives and motivational packages the university offersÂ students on a cumulative grade point â€“ average (CGPA) of 4.50 and above. TheseÂ include:
â€¢An annual endowment scholarship of N50,000
â€¢Provision of accommodation in choice halls
â€¢Fifty per cent discount on bed space.
â€¢Nomination for participation in seminarsÂ and conferences nationally andÂ internationally
â€¢Nomination for scholarship from external bodies on request by organisations
â€¢Selection as guest speaker at orientation programme to motivate fresh students.
After the vice chancellorâ€™speech, Generational Rescue had a chat with some of theÂ jambites, who expressed joy over their new achievement.
Akangbe Olaolu Olumuyiwa, who is studying Creative Arts, was one of them. â€œI am veryÂ glad because it is a privilege to work hard and get the right result. It has been soÂ interesting, but also stressful. You know we have to go up and down to collect andÂ submit files. But the fact that you are doing it with new friends makes itÂ interesting.
â€œThis is a new experience. Unlike in the secondary school, when we copy notes andÂ teachers take time to explain topics to us, here lecturers will just come around andÂ start talking. If you don’t write fast, you will be surprised when he says theÂ lecture is over,â€ she said.
â€œNo, I have no disappointment butÂ the authorities should please make theÂ registration process easier. I remember I got sick because of the stress.â€
Another student, Amarachi from Department of Geology, also expressed delight to beÂ among the â€˜chosen fewâ€™.
â€œI m very happy and grateful to God who made it possible for me to be on the meritÂ list. I intend to spend the next five years very well by being hard working andÂ dedicated to my studies. I will also be very prayerful because I intend to get a GPAÂ of 4.5 by the special grace of God,â€ he said.