MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
A total of 3,218 students admitted in the 2022/2023 academic session into eight faculties of the University of Delta (UNIDEL), Agbor took their matriculation oath in a colourful ceremony at the school’s main campus on Thursday.
The matriculation ceremony which was the second since the University officially commenced academic activities in 2021/2022 session was well attended by family members, friends and other relations of the new students at UNIDEL’s sports arena.
In her speech at the occasion, the Vice Chancellor of the institution; Prof. Stella Chiemeke while formally admitting the new students, said the Second Matriculation Ceremony was a remarkable improvement from the maiden event which took place last year.
In her words, the occasion “reaffirms the growing recognition of UNIDEL as one of the best universities in Nigeria.
While addressing the students, Prof. Chiemeke said the occasion “is a significant day in your life as it marks the beginning of a new phase in your academic journey. This is a journey that requires dedication, commitment, hard work and discipline, and today we officially welcome you to this community of scholars.
“As you begin this journey, I implore you to take your studies seriously, stay focused and strive for excellence. The University has put in place a conducive environment for learning and it is now your responsibility to take advantage of the opportunities provided by this great institution.”
The Vice Chancellor also used the opportunity to encourage the students to participate in extra curricular activities such as sports and community service initiatives. She remarked that “these activities will help you develop your leadership skills, broaden your horizons and create lasting memories.”
She reminded the new students offered admissions in the 76 available courses that “while we encourage healthy and robust debates and diverse ideas, we have a zero-tolerance policy towards cult activities, examination malpractices and indecent dressing.” She warned that any student found engaging in such unpleasant activities will face disciplinary action strictly.
Professor Chiemeke did not also fail to charge the new students to see themselves henceforth “as ambassadors of this great institution. We are confident that you will represent us well and make us proud in all endeavors.
“I want to assure you that the University management is fully committed to providing you with the necessary academic and non-academic support needed to succeed in your studies. We have top-notch faculty members, excellent facilities and a robust support system to help you achieve your goals.”
Speaking in the same vein, a guest from the Faculty of Education, University of Benin; Prof. Mon Nwadiani advised the new students to be committed to their studies and shun any act that could jeopardize their chances of becoming future heroes.
A Director in Delta State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Odobor who represented the State Commissioner for Higher Education similarly advised the new students to always give priority to their academics.
University of Delta, Agbor which was statutorily established by Law of Delta State in 2021 along with Dennis Osadebay University, Asaba and Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro admitted no fewer than 3000 students into various departments spread across the three campuses of the University as its pioneer students in 2022.
The three campuses located in Agbor (main campus), Owa Oyibo and Owa Alero are housing the eight existing faculties of the University. The Faculties include Arts, Computing, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Law, Management & Social Sciences and Science.
In terms of physical infrastructures, UNIDEL’s three campuses boast of more modern facilities far greater than some older state owned universities in the country. Some public analysts attribute such impressive development to the fact that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa whose tenure expires on May 29, 2023 is an indigene of the area where the university is located.
Some of the anonymous commentators who spoke with AtlanticNewsonline at the matriculation arena paid glowing tribute to Governor Okowa for his commitment in ensuring that all faculties of the University have befitting lecture halls, staff offices and other relevant facilities.
The Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr. Best Ngala told AtlanticNewsonline in his office at the University’s Administrative Building that both the State Government and Vice Chancellor of the school were highly committed in ensuring that UNIDEL attains a global standard in every ramification.