Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja on Tuesday matriculated 4, 349 newly admitted students for the 2024/2025 academic session.
The matriculants were students admitted for National Diploma (ND) Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes of the polytechnic.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Salisu Ogbo Usman, the Rector of the polytechnic restated the institution’s zero tolerance for cultism and indecent dressing.
According to the Rector, 3124 of the students were admitted for ND programmes while 1,225 students were admitted for HND programmes.
The students were admitted into Departments in the Schools of Agricultural Technology, Applied Sciences, Art Design and Printing, Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management Studies.
Speaking further, Ogbo described the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja as a student-centered Institution in all ramification, with a salient mission to build an environment that is conducive to group and independent learning experiences.
He said : “We are desirous of training students that will represent the pride and good image of the institution.
“We are confident that you will play significant role in attaining that goal.
“We will continue to work towards making the Polytechnic environment more user friendly and ensure your personal growth and development.
“We shall also continue to ensure that our graduates are responsible citizens who will contribute to the development of our dear Kogi State and Nigeria at large.”
The Rector also reiterated that the ban on all tribal associations on campus is still in force until further notice.
He pointed out that the ban is in the interest of collectivity and harmonious coexistence on the campus.
Ogbo said the institution will not tolerate any form of social vices such as cultism, gun-running, examination malpractice and drug abuse.
According to him, alcoholic addiction, unhealthy social gatherings, cybercrimes, incitement to violence, gangsterism, misuse and destruction of public property, stealing, indecent dressing, among others would not be condone.
The Rector then warned both new and old students to stay away from vices to avoid running afoul of the law.
He stated : “Let me particularly emphasize on cultism, which is completely forbidden on our campus.
“You are therefore warned to desist from any form of luring cultist related activities.
“It may interest you to know that, we have specifically put in place all visible and invisible security architectures in strategic places to deal with cultists, their sympathizers and sponsors.
“You are therefore advised to stay free of all cult-related lifestyles.
“You are also advised to report any move intended to intimidate and lure you into or enlist you into cultism.
“Any breach will attract appropriate penalty, including outright expulsion and prosecution.
“The Students’ Information Handbook that will be distributed to you through your respective departments will guide you on the dos and don’ts of the Polytechnic.
” Ignorance of the law has no place in the Polytechnic and will not be condoned.”
The Rector encouraged students to be of sterling examples of what moral discipline is, advised them to dress modestly and in accordance with the acceptable standards.
“Undue exposure of body parts is considered provocative to the sensibilities of others, and will be severely dealt with.
“You can always access further information on how to dress on this campus on our posters, bill boards and hand bills,” he stated.