Unical Matric was a huge success as The University of Calabar on Friday, matriculated no fewer than twelve thousand, two hundred and forty (12,240) fresh UTME and Direct Entry students for the 2019/2020 academic session.

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The procession of the ceremony which started proper at 10am, saw all matriculating students converged at the vast Abraham Ordia stadium for the August occasion. The students, decked in an all colorful blue gown, were seen beaming with smiles; amidst glitz and cheers of excitement to one another.

As it is common at the University of Calabar, a team of academic scholars of the university preceded the procession of the Vice-Chancellor and his entourage led by the Registrar and Secretary to the governing council, Mr. Gabriel Jemima Egbe.

Prince, Samuel Emenike (Mr. Noble)

In a break-down figure as disclosed by the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Zana I. Akpagu, out of 40,612 candidates who picked the University of Calabar as their most preferred choice of institution (first choice), only 12,240 were admitted which is estimated as 30.1% of the total number of applicants.

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The breakdown of this shows that 1,293 students were admitted into the faculty of Arts, 2,664 into the faculty of Education, 1261 into the faculty of Biological Sciences , 1292 into the faculty of Physical Sciences, 357 into the faculty of Agriculture, 900 into the faculty of Allied Medical Sciences, 846 into the faculty of Basics Medical Sciences, 205 into the faculty of Law, 135 into the faculty of Dentistry, 171 into the Faculty of Medicine, 1443 into the Faculty of Social Sciences and 762 into the faculty of Management Sciences.

After declaring the matriculation ceremony opened, the Chairman of the occassion and Vice
Chancellor of University of Calabar, Prof. Zana I. Akpagu warned the newly admitted students to desist from cultism and other forms of crimes, saying that appropriate sanctions would be meted out to students found to belong to nocturnal organizations and cult groups.

Prince, Samuel Emenike (Mr. Noble)

While welcoming parents and well-wishers of the matriculating students, the Vice Chancellor noted that the occasion does not only signify the conclusion of the admission process for the session, it Also marks the formal recognition of admitted students as bonifide students of the University since it is a statutory gathering to formally admit deserving and qualified candidates that have been offered admission into the institution.

“Matriculation marks the formal beginning of a but very pleasant quest of fresh men and women.

” It is the very commencement of the obvious task to fulfill their dreams. How you my dear children achieve these dreams will depend to a large extend on the since of commitment in your studies, personal character, the peer group you associate with, your resilience and godliness.” He said

The Vice Chancellor admitted that, the number of yearly intakes has vastly increased due to the strategic introduction of new programmes with some having 95% accreditation statuses.

“The number of dynamic bold and young freshmen and women admitted into our great and unique university has tremendously increased.

“The steady and significant increase has risen from the strategic introduction of new programmes such as dentistry, marine biology, HND, food science and technology, faculty of engineering and environmental sciences.”

Prince, Samuel Emenike (Mr. Noble)

While emphasizing on the need for students to give maximum co-cooperation to the University and how the tremendous increase in students’ intake have significantly impacted on existing facilities such as Lecture rooms, hostel accommodation & utilities; he disclosed that the University is spending greater part of her revenue in maintaining the existing infrastructures.

“Students are advised to co-coperate with the University in ensuring that they do not deliberately destroy or damage any facility already put in place for their benefits.”

The Vice Chancellor went further to advise students to imbibe some of the best University tradition and culture in the course of their study as they will be awarded a degree at the end of their program if and only if; they are worthy in character and learning.

“While your performance in your academics world will speak to the university about your learning, your sense of responsibility and decency as a person will argue your case in character.

“While your Matriculation today confers on you, the envious status as a bonafiide students of this great institution, with all the attached rights and privileges, it also impose on you the responsibility of sustaining your studentship.

“This implies, you must pay your school charges, fulfill your faculty and departmental registration requirements, fulfill your library registration requirements, procurement of school ID card.”

Prince, Samuel Emenike (Mr. Noble)

Prof. Akpagu also disclosed that the Federal Government through the Tertiary Education Trust fund, TETFUND and the need assessment funds; is building new faculties, lectures halls, hostel accommodation, office spaces to enumerate shortfalls while equipping the class rooms with new chairs, white boards & public address systems inline with best international practices.

“The University now have an e-librabry section with over 500 computers to facilitate e-learning and we are about to install another one containing 115 laptops” he added.

He admonished the freshmen that, they are not expected in any way or manner to socialize with any associations that has been proscribe by the University such as the infamous “secret cults” noted that the penalties for any misconduct are contained in the University Handbook.

While advising them to show respect to colleagues and staff of the University so as to make their stay fruitful and productive, Prof Akpagu urged them to be modest and decent in their dressing and approach to issues.

He called on the freshmen to keep to the tenets and ideals of the institution as the university will continue to provide a safer environment for teaching and learning, as well as equipping them to become what they want to be after the duration of their stay.

The 10th Vice Chancellor assured students maximum security in the University while appealing that they should not hesitate to report any suspicious activities to the Dean, Students Affairs, Security Officers and their course Advisers.

According to him, the institution is working assiduously in ensuring that the University is put on the global map, hence; going into collaboration and linkages that are yielding very positive dividends to the university community.

“The University is on the verge of achieving uninterrupted power supply via an ongoing Solar Energy Project with the German Government.

“Just a couple of weeks ago, we reached an agreement to introduce Chinese Language into the Curriculum of the Bassey Andah Centre for African and Asian Studies.”

Prince, Samuel Emenike (Mr. Noble)

The Vice Chancellor ended his Matriculation speech by urging the matriculating students to take up this opportunity and make themselves, their parents/guardians and indeed their community proud by being responsible and working to become top in their respective classes.

“You must keep before you always, the very reason while you are here. Know always that your admission offers you a life time opportunity which you mustn’t waste.”

The matriculation Oath was administered on the students by the University Registrar and Secretary to the council, Mr. Gabriel Jemima Egbe, who in-turn advised the students to adhere strictly to the agreement of the oath sworn to. He wished them a fruitful academic journey ahead.

The occasion witnessed the presence of the university Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellors, Directors, the University Registrar and Secretary to the council, the university Bursar, university Liberian, Provosts, Deans of all faculties, Academic and non-academic staff of the university.

Other special attendees includes; the Press (NUCJ), the university scholars, Parents among all other well wishers.

In a separate interview with one of the matriculants who pleaded to be anonymous, saw her vowing to make first class on graduation to make her parents happy.

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