Laleye Dipo in Minna
Not less than 700 students of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State have been rusticated from the institution  for poor academic performance among other reasons.

Some of those affected were first year students who could not meet the 1.5 grade points average set as bench mark for them to move to the next level in their academic pursuit.

The Vice Chancellor of the unuversity,Professor Musbau Akanji,  disclosed this yesterday at the matriculation of 5141 students admitted for the 2016/2017 academic year.

“At the end of the 2015/2016 academic session, the university expelled about 700 students for various offenses, majority of them are due to low academic performance. We have cancelled Pass degree and this has raised the bar, most of those expelled could not score above 1.5.”

The Vice Chancellor said the  University had put in place measures aimed at reducing the high rate of failures among which is the engagement of teachers from the Postgraduate school to tutor the students.

“We have investigated why we have such a high number of failures and we have put in  place structures to address the situation one of the mechanism is to engage tutorial teachers from the Postgraduate school.”

Akanji advised the matriculants to start working hard and be consistent in their studies cautioning them not to perform woefully during their first semester because it would  be difficult for them to meet up in the second semester.

Akanji also warned them against engaging in financial recklessness, examination malpractices, cultism, fighting, theft, assault and illicit drug trafficking,  adding that the University has put in place a committee against Anti-Social activities  to monitor students with anti-social behaviour.

Akanji also told them to actively participate in workshops, seminars and academic club engagements to complement their formal classroom activities, stressing that the university would deal decisively with any act of indecent dressing.