By Ikenna Orioha

The Students of Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri have been charged to study hard to enable them graduate successfully, in character and learning.

This charge was given by the Acting Rector of Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri, Dr. Ibeaja Uzoma Friday, while addressing the students during its 46th Matriculation Ceremony held at the Polytechnic Mini Stadium, on Tuesday.

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The Rector advised the students to discard cultism, indecent dressing, cohabitation, examination malpractice, among other anti social conducts to enable them graduate in flying colors and make their parents, guardians and the Polytechnic proud.

“Your parents and guardians sent you here to graduate successfully as professionals in your various disciplines. To achieve that within minimum time span should be your primary aim and objective. Every other pursuit is secondary. You fresh students must start from your very first lectures to show serious commitment to your studies. Do all assignments and tests. Don’t miss any classes and if you do, copy notes, revise the topics and avoid tutorials by students who may damage what your lecturers have taught you. Use the library judiciously and you will achieve success in your examinations”, the Rector advised.

Enjoining the students to always remain grateful to their Sponsors, loyal to the Polytechnic Authority, Ibeaja stressed that the institution is always committed to instill discipline, honesty, academic excellence and good conduct in the students.

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“By the authority vested on me as the Acting Rector of Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri, I receive you individually and collectively as the bona fide students of Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri”, Ibeaja stressed.

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In their oath, the matriculants, through Onwuchekwa Promise Chukwuemeka, vowed to always obey rules and regulations of the school, regard school authority, defend the school, be honest to the ideals of the Polytechnic, respect human dignity of all employees and to cooperate positively with fellow students, not to indulge in any anti social activities, work hard to graduate in learning and character, as to be able to represent the society well in the future.

Highlight of the Matriculation Ceremony was the Award of Scholarships to Ten Students who first registered in the Polytechnic, Female Students who are studying in male dominated departments such as Mechanical Engineering, Mineral Soil Engineering, Agric Engineering, Architecture, Building Technology, Electric and Electronic Engineering, among other disciplines and a physically challenged student who were present on the ceremony.