The Provost, Abia State College of Education (Technical) Arochukwu, Dr. Philip Nto, has warned that the institution will not hesitate to expel any student that engages in any anti-social behavior such as cultism, examination malpractice and rape.
Speaking at the inauguration of the newly elected executives of the Students’ Union Government (SUG) led by Kelechi Mba, the provost said the institution adopted the policy of zero tolerance for cultism and examination malpractice so as to produce graduates that will be the true leaders of the society.
He said a conducive learning environment has been created for the students to excel, especially with quality lecturers, newly renovated hostels and other facilities.
According to Nto, when he assumed office a year ago, the institution was without public power supply while the hostels and the entire environment were rundown. He expressed delight that the situation has changed.
“Through the deliberate and sustained innovation policy of developmental framework evolved by the new management, the college is now attracting more students.”
He said with the affiliation of the college to Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, students can now do a straight four-year degree course, including the acquisition of relevant skills.
Nto disclosed that for the first time since the inception of the college, the management has started the issuance of certificates to its graduates.
He therefore urged the students to take advantage of the positive changes and work towards excelling in their academics with the assurance that their certificates would be issued to them upon graduation.
While announcing that the institution is still admitting more students who desire to acquire technical and vocational education, the provost appealed to the new SUG executives to work for the students that elected them and to develop their political careers from school.
While swearing in the students, the Deputy Provost, Dr. Sam Iheonunekwu, enjoined them to respect the rules of the institution and protect the interest of students.
Responding, Mba pledged the loyalty of the executives to the management and promised that they will work hard to justify the confidence reposed in them by other students.