After the rigorous and pain-taking process one takes from Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the next thing in a first year students mind, is not just to participate in the matriculation feast but to sign the departmental register as officially admitted student. Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Imo State yesterday wore a new look to mark her 37th Matriculation ceremony. The event started at exactly 10am at the 1000 guest capacity Ceremonia Pavilion which saw in attendance, the top hierarchies in the school starting with the Rector, Dr. (Mrs.) C.U. Njoku, her Deputy and the entire management and governing board of the school.
In her opening speech, the Rector warmly welcomed the now new brides into the citadel of learning while charging them to be of good moral and to hold sacrosanct, the school’s rules and regulations. She appealed to them to embrace their books and wear the garment of seriousness if any of them intends to graduate with good grades in their result. Finally, she warned them to desist from any form of cultism and examination malpractices as anyone caught in such acts will be expelled from the polytechnic in line with the school rules and regulations. She warned that any student caught fighting automatically earns rustication while stealing earns similar punitive measure.
However, outside the campus, traffic jam along the road leading to the school was dealing mercilessly with commuters and other motorists who forget that the word patience existed in the dictionary. Www.otowngist.com spent over an hour in traffic jam in a journey that ordinarily wouldn’t have taken more than twenty minutes. Unlike last year, security men were not visible to sight which compounded the woes of the commuters as everyone wanted to move at a time. Last year, security men were positioned along the road to direct motorists and Okada people.
In furtherance, the cost of transportation increased to double the previous rate as passengers felt less concerned about it, because according to them, the event is worth the pay. Www.otowngist.com however, gives kudos to the school authority for the provision of adequate security personnel in the compound of the campus to avoid any unforeseen occurrence. Some students who spoke to Www.otowngist.com, expressed happiness while acknowledging that matriculation is just the beginning of an end and not vice versa.