5th from left: VC’s Rep. Prof Morenikeji, POs, Director CPES and other resource persons in a snap shot.
Pre-Degree and IJMB Students of the Centre for Preliminary and Extra-Mural Studies, Federal University of Technology, Minna who met all admission requirements stand a good chance for admission into the main stream University.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Musbau Adewumi Akanji, FNSBMB, FAS, stated this during the opening ceremony of the 2016/2017 Orientation Programme for CPES students held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the CPES Hall, Bosso Campus.
Prof. Akanji who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Oluwole Morenikeji maintained that the University awards degrees based on both “character and learning” however, admonished them to work hard and be of good behavior, so that their sojourn in the University would be successful.
He warned them against cohabiting with members of the opposite sex, drug abuse as well as indecent dressing, adding that the University has zero tolerance for such social vices, while admonishing them to use the available learning facilities like the internet and the University library to enhance their studies.
Speaking on the University programmes, the Vice-Chancellor made it known that all programmes in the University are accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) as such there are no fake courses in FUT, Minna. “The University ranked number one, among Universities of Technologies in Nigeria, which means that every department/unit in this University is working to make this University great.” He said.
While congratulating the students for their admission into CPES, Prof. Akanji called on them to look through all the guidelines and work very hard in order to pass CPES examinations including JAMB with the minimum score. You should read the CPES students’ handbook, he advised, as it contained all that was said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director of the Centre, Engr. Dr. Christopher Bala said the programme affords both the staff and students of the centre to interact with the Management of the University and other departments to offer seasoned advice to the students on what is expected of them during the period of their studies.
“The programmes of the Centre have continued to be attractive to parents and students all over the country with most states and Abuja being represented on our registered list.” He stated. Engr. Dr. Bala concluded by appreciating the University management, the Deans/Directors and HODs present, staff and students, as well as members of Professional and Academic Board.
Some of the resource persons who spoke during the orientation were:
The Dean of Students affairs, Prof. Abubakar Saidu who dwelled on “Students Conduct in the University” said that the occasion is a preventive measure to articulate the character and conduct of the students in the University system, which serves as model to the outside community. Prof. Saidu who was represented by Engr. Dr. Samuel Auta joined his voice in congratulating the students of the Centre and welcomed them to a place he described as the “Centre of Excellence.”
The Acting Academic Secretary, Dr. Shakirudeen Yusuf spoke on “Admission’s Entry Requirement of the University”, advised the students to combine the relevant subjects that would position them for admission into their intended course of studies.
He further said that, they should also aim at high JAMB score of at least 200 and above, instead of focusing on the minimum requirement of 180, as this would put them on comfortable pedestal for admissions.
The Director, University Health Services (UHS), Dr. Uthman Toufeak talked on “University Health Services for Students”. The Director who was represented by Dr. Fidelis Ajeonuma warned students against self medication, while advising them to visit the UHS for proper medical attention as the medical centre is always available and ready to attend to their medical needs.
On “Career Prospects for Academic Programme of the University,” the Director, Academic Planning who was represented by the staff of the Unit, Mal. Suleiman Amosa said that developed countries are termed developed because of their technological advancements and that Nigeria is making effort to develop through specialized Universities such as ours, in order to train the required man power in science, engineering and technology needed for development. He availed them to take the relevant programmes that are synonymous with the nation’s dreams and their aspirations, as the aim of the University is to train them to be self reliant.
Hajiya Maryam Shitu from SERVICOM Unit who spoke extensively on “Promptness in Academic Activities” enlightened the students on the activities of the Unit and called on them to contact the Unit in case of any genuine problem.
Other speakers were the Coordinator, E-exam, Prof. Uno Uno and the Manager Electronic Testing Centre, Mr. Eitomhen Sunday who educated the students on ethics of the centre while calling them to be computer literate.
The Guidance and Counselling Unit rounded up the session with a resounding advice to the students to always come to the Unit for Counselling. The Unit was represented by Hajiya Aishetu Zakari.
The Secretary of the Centre, Mal. Abubakar Aliyu in his vote of thanks on behalf of the Director, staff and students thanked the University Management, and special guests for honouring their invitation to the programme despite their busy schedules. He prayed God to continue to guide the POs to keep the University flag flying high.
The programmes in the Centre are preparatory in nature aimed at training the students to pass external and internal examinations so as to gain admission into various degree programmes of the University at 100 and 200 Levels.