BEING THE WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE PROVOST, DR. YUSUF ABDULRAHEEM AT THE MATRICULATION OF THE FULL-TIME DEGREE STUDENTS OF THE KWARA STATE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ILORIN IN AFFILIATION WITH EKITI STATE UNIVERSITY, ADO-EKITI.
The Chosen Ones
I am once again delighted to welcome everybody here present to yet another academic ceremony in the history of our College. Today’s matriculation exercise of our full-time degree students is the first since the reinstatement of the programme upon my assumption of office as the Provost of this College, consequently, it is worthy of note.
This ceremony would not have been possible without the untiring efforts of the College and the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti that fought selflessly to ensure that the programme was brought back to our College. On this note, I wish to express the appreciation of the Governing Council, management, staff and students of this great institution to all those who contributed in one way or the other to the realization of the dreams.
We are equally grateful to the National Universities Commission (NUC) Abuja for granting us the right to commence the approved courses after the resource inspection held in July last year. Like the legendary Oliver Twist, I wish to use this opportunity to plead with the NUC to grant us the right to take more courses because we have both human and physical resources needed to do so. Apart from this, it will afford our teeming admission seekers the opportunity to apply and be admitted for courses of their choice.
I sincerely congratulate all the matriculating students for being found worthy to be offered admission taking cognizance of the limited space approved by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). As at the time we closed our portal to interested applicants of the 2018/2019 academic session, over 2,000 students applied within two (2) weeks. It was from this multitude that JAMB gave us the approval to admit only 300 applicants representing 15 candidates in every 100. Hence, the admission was very competitive. If for no other reason but this, those of you matriculating today should make good use of this rare opportunity and count yourself lucky in so many ways.
University education is an inheritance parents should yearn to bequeath to their children. Thus your parents, in furtherance of their struggle to ensure that they give you a sound education, have succeeded in taking you to another level of your educational pursuit. The onus is now on you all to reciprocate their gesture through commensurate effort and results to justify their investments on you. To achieve this, you are enjoined to work very hard. Note that there is a synergy between hard work and Godliness. If you read well and pray, the end result is success. Note that there is no sweet without sweat. Consequently, I implore you to take your primary assignment very seriously. Although, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy. So also, all play and no work will make jack a colossal failure. As mature minds you should plan your programme in such a way that will make you live above board academically.
Although, you are students of the Ekiti State University, Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin as an institution houses your programs. You are therefore expected to abide by our rules and regulations. These rules are the same all over tertiary institution because they are designed and put in place to train sound minds that are expected to be future leaders.
This College has zero tolerance to cultism, examination malpractices, hooliganism, thuggery, homosexualism, lesbianism, prostitution and other acts that are not in conformity with societal norms. You are therefore advised to refrain from any of them. Let me at this juncture sound a note of warning that anyone of you found guilty of any of these and other related offences shall be made to face the full wrath of the law.
As ambassadors of your different homes, I hope you will make us and your parents proud by living within the comfort zone and strictly abide by the Matriculation Oath that you will all sign at the end of this ceremony.
This College promises to make available all that you need to perform well. Our lecturers are ever ready to go extra mile to teach you and assist you in research. The College has a big library with a very wide range of textual materials in all your fields of study. I am happy to inform you that the 2017 TETFUND library intervention has reached an advance stage and any moment from now more books will be delivered into our library for your use.
Our ICT centre offers a wide range of internet services that can cater for your IT needs. The e-library of the College will enable you to access materials from any part of the world. You are therefore enjoined to take advantage of all these human and physical facilities that abound on this campus to improve and equip yourselves to be able to meet the challenges of academic excellence and to compete favorably with your colleagues from any University globally. I wish you all the best of luck.
The Acting Vice-chancellor sir, let me use this medium to appreciate your unflinching support to this College. Our relationship with Ekiti State University has spanned over two decades without any cause for disagreement or suspicion of any form. It is our hope that you will keep the flag flying. At our own end, I sincerely promise that, while the relationship lasted, we will do our best to keep to our own side of the agreement.
We however wish to appeal to the University authority to consider our present student population in relation to the charges for some of our activities. Gone are those days when we had a large number of students both for our sandwich and full-time degree programmes. Considering the break in the programmes and the surge of many Universities in and around Ilorin that compete with us over what we had almost a total monopoly of in the past, the numerical strength of our students have drastically reduced. On the strength of this and based on the promise of the Director, DCEP, Professor Ominrin, when he visited our College in May last year that, areas of finances will be reviewed, I want the University to look into these so that we will not be financing our affiliate programmes from the insufficient Internally Generated Revenue.
Closely related to this is the outstanding 2016 sandwich results. Although, we are very conscious of some hitches from our end, I want to plead for your support so that the students can have their results as soon as possible.
I wish to conclude this speech by wishing all the matriculating students a hitch-free academic sojourn in the Ekiti State University. At the same time, I once again thank the Acting Vice-chancellor and his entourage for gracing this historic event and wish you all journey mercies back to Ado-Ekiti.
Thank you and God bless.